Organic almonds and organic pumpkin seeds are separately dry roasted to perfection. The roasted almonds are lightly misted with Eden Organic Tamari Soy Sauce. After cooling the almonds and pumpkin seeds are mixed with raw organic sunflower seeds, naturally sweet sun-dried organic Thompson raisins and our own Dried Montmorency Tart Cherries before packing. Our dried tart Montmorency cherries are grown on organic and "transitional to organic" family farms along the shores of Lake Michigan. The cherries are pitted, infused with Eden Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, slowly low heat dried, and then coated very lightly with a mist of high oleic, Eden Organic Safflower Oil to keep the cherries from clumping. Eden Quiet Moon contains no added refined sugars, oils, or sulfites.
Eden Quiet Moon is cholesterol free and very low in sodium. Although the nuts and seeds contain some fat, it is mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The mix is a good source of dietary fiber and protein, and rich in magnesium.
Most other roasted nuts and seeds are highly salted with poor quality refined salt, and many are oil roasted in inferior quality, highly refined oil. Most dried fruit is treated with toxic sulfites and coated with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
There are many health benefits associated with eating nuts and seeds according to several recent studies. Researchers at Tufts University in Boston found that most of the nutrients in almonds and their skin, when eaten together, may offer a significantly higher amount of protection than when the skin and meat of the almond are not consumed together. Studies at the University of California, Davis confirmed this and suggest that there are antioxidant compounds in the almond skin in addition to naturally occurring vitamins that may provide positive health benefits when eaten with the meat of the almond. At Kings College in London research showed that we may actually be getting less fat from almonds than was previously thought. According to the study the cell wall of the almond may play an important role in the way the body absorbs the fat of the almond. Since chewing almonds breaks down the cell wall but at the same time leaves some of the almond intact. Dr. Karen Lapsley, senior nutritionist for the Almond Board of California says, "This is exciting new research. Because some of the almond remained intact not all of the fat was released for digestion. This suggests that almonds may be a lower calorie food than suspected because not all of the calories from fat are absorbed."
The Montmorency cherry has long been known as the 'pie cherry' and the 'healing cherry', recently found to be a source of beneficial antioxidant nutrients. Where Montmorency cherries have been grown for generations the locals attest to its ability. Organic raisins are another healthy choice. Research over the past year has found that sun-dried raisins contain phenolics (a class of antioxidant compounds).