EDEN Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries are from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan, an excellent area for fruit trees because of a strong seasonal lake effect. In the mid-1990s six families in the area asked Eden to help convert their orchards to organic. These orchards are now managed organically, and more orchards are transitioning to organic yearly. These organic orchards produce the most delicious tart cherries that we have ever experienced.
Fresh cherries are cooled overnight in running water, pitted, and quick frozen. They are carefully inspected and sorted, both visually and by machine. The pitted cherries are later thawed and infused with organic EDEN Apple Juice Concentrate to a targeted 'Brix' or sweetness. The infused cherries are rinsed, low heat dried, and misted with organic EDEN Safflower Oil to keep them from clumping. They require no refrigeration.
The happy red Montmorency tart cherry Prunus cerasus has delighted for centuries. It is a cultivated sour cherry that was selected from wild cherry varieties of Northern Europe about a thousand years ago. Tart cherries also came from wild varieties in the Caspian and Black Sea areas and were popular in Greece before 300 BC. They were well liked by the Persians and Romans of old, and are popular in Iran today. Montmorency is the most popular of tart cherry varieties. The tree was named after the Montmorency valley in France, famous for its cherries. Colonist brought cherries to America in the 1600s and the French planted Montmorency tart cherries along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes, the leading tart cherry producing region in North America today.
A good source of potassium, low sodium and fat free, EDEN Dried Montmorency Tart Cherries promote cardiovascular health. According to FDA, "Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke." They are also a good source of fiber and beta carotene vitamin A. FDA says, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors." Tart cherries contain 1.4 milligrams of antioxidant anthocyanins per 45 gram serving.
Montmorency cherries are traditionally known as the 'pie cherry' and the 'healing cherry'. In areas where it has been grown for generations, locals attest to its efficaciousness. A Michigan State University study 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. All of these are powerful antioxidants. Other compounds of note 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." Research indicates melatonin is a 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.
EDEN Dried Montmorency Tart Cherries are a versatile, sweet and pleasantly tart snack, but there's no need limiting them to snacking. Leave whole or coarsely chop and use them in baking breads, cakes, and muffins, in pie fillings and puddings, and in grain and bread stuffing. They brighten salads and are great with hot or cold cereals. Use them when making granola, muesli, granola bars, popcorn balls, and caramel corn.