The apples and cherries in Eden Apple Cherry Sauce are organically grown on family owned orchards on the shores of the Great Lakes, one of the best tree fruit growing locations in the world due to the seasonal 'lake effect'. After years of organic management, the healthy trees and soil in these beautiful orchards produce the most delicious fruit we have ever tasted.
Eden Apple Cherry Sauce is made using traditional methods. Organic Montmorency tart cherries are washed, pitted and cooked into a thick puree up to 30 Brix. The Brix scale is a hydrometer scale for measuring the sugar content of a solution at a given temperature. A select blend of apples are hand sorted and washed, peeled and cored, and put through a mill where they are chopped and sliced. Next they are transferred to a stainless steel, steam injection cooker where they're cooked into sauce. The sauce is strained, blended with the organic cherry puree and packed in glass jars. 80 percent apple sauce and 20 percent tart cherry puree.
Eden Organic Apple Cherry Sauce is fat free, cholesterol free, very low sodium and a good source of dietary fiber.
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 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.
It's good to be choosy when picking apples and apple products. The USDA has identified 35 insecticides, fungicides, and weed killers sprayed on apples, even though the Environmental Protection Agency considers them hazardous. Tests by the Environmental Working Group state that these chemicals do show up in supermarkets, so it is especially important to choose an organic apple you can trust.
Scientific research has found that apples and apple juice contain a wealth of phytonutrients that have been found beneficial to health. A study conducted at Rochester, Minnesota's Mayo Clinic reported finding the "powerful antioxidant, quercetin, in apples and apple juice." Quercetin is one of the more potent antioxidants in apples. In the journal 'Nature', 2000, researchers at Cornell University reported that apple components had more antioxidant capability than a 1,500-milligram mega dose of vitamin C. "Scientists are interested in isolating single components, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta carotene to see if they exhibit antioxidant benefits", says Dr. Rui Hai Liu at Cornell. "It turns out that none of those work alone. It's the combination of flavonoids and polyphenols [antioxidant phytonutrients found in apples] doing the work."
The Montmorency 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.