Eden Organic Cherry Butter is made of organic cherries grown on orchards that are family owned and tended by people committed to protecting the environment and producing nourishing, safe and delicious food.
Eden's cherries are grown near the east shore of northern Lake Michigan, an ideal and historic tree fruit producing area due to its seasonal lake effect. Almost a decade ago six families in this region asked Eden to help them convert their orchards to organic. These original orchards have now been managed organically for nine years, and more orchards have been converted to organic each year. The healthy trees and soil in these orchards produce the most delicious cherries we have ever tasted.
Eden Organic Cherry Butter contains only Eden select montmorency tart cherries. No water, or any other ingredient is added; no enzymes, processing aids or any short cuts are employed. It is just slowly prepared, pure kettle cooked pitted cherries.
The Montmorency cherry is traditionally known as the 'pie cherry' and the 'healing cherry'. Where this cherry variety has been grown for generations, the locals attest to its abilities. A study at Michigan State University found the antioxidants anthocyanins and their anlyon cyanidin compounds in the pigment of the Montmorency cherry. They also found kaempferol, isoqueritrin, and quercetin. Research conducted at Brunswick Laboratories in Massachusetts and the Hollings Cancer Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina found that Montmorency cherries contain ellagic acid, a naturally occurring plant phenolic. Other compounds of note found in Montmorency cherries are perillyl alcohol and melatonin. Dr. Russell Reiter, of the University of Texas Health Science Center, said "We were surprised at how much melatonin was in cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety." According to research melatonin is a most potent antioxidant, even more so than vitamins C, E and A; it is soluble in both fat and water and can enter cells that many vitamins cannot.
A six year Washington State University study comparing different types of apple production recently found that organic fruit growing techniques "are not only better for the soil and the environment than their conventional chemical reliant counterpart, but have comparable yields, and for the organic system, higher profits and greater energy efficiency." The study also determined that organic fruit is sweeter and more delicious.
A jar of Eden Organic Cherry Butter in your refrigerator makes it easy and fun to eat healthy food. Dollop it on oatmeal and cereal. Spread it on toast, pancakes and waffles, use in batter for moist, flavorful baked goods. Use it instead of butter, jam, jelly or frosting. It is fat free. Rediscover the flavor and purity our grandparents enjoyed, and that you and your family deserve.