Neither the cherries nor the tree they come from are actually gold or even have traces of gold. It is simlply the color of the fruit. Once the blossoms mature into fruit, they appear as small green cherries untill ripe, when they take on a golden luster.
The cherries can be eaten fresh or even dried and retain the full potency of their magical effects. The cherry juice has no special properties, although it makes an excellent sherbert.
As long as the fruit of the cherry is whole, the magic works. Chopping, dicing, jamming, or any other process that breaks the skin of the cherry’s fruit activates the magic.
This fruit is in no way related to the golden apples of legend.
Many “ladies of the night” use these to entice customers to them. The seeds of the cherries are not overly difficult to plant, simply crack the pit like an ordianry cherry and pour a tankard of ale in the hole with the cherry.
When a cherry is eaten whole, it reacts with the body in such a way as to produce bio-luminesence. In other words, you eat a cherry, you start to glow. One cherry will produce light equivilant to a candle, six will make the consumer’s body glow with light equal to a torch. The effect lasts for 30 minutes since the last consuption of a cherry.
A simple accident of alchemical research by one Bonzer The Alchemist (dumping some waste chemicals in the trash where a cherry pit was) created these cherries. The pits grew true and like normal cherries.