EDEN Organic Apple Cherry Butter is U.S.A. family orchard organic apples and organic Montmorency tart cherries from the shores of the Great Lakes, one of the best tree fruit locations in the world due to the seasonal 'lake effect'. After years of organic management, the healthy soil and trees in these orchards produce the most delicious apples and cherries we have ever tasted.
Over four pounds of fruit go into each jar of EDEN Organic Apple Cherry Butter. Eden selects a blend of heirloom and traditional organic apples that are sorted, washed, peeled, cored and chopped. A small amount of our organic apple juice concentrate is added and they are patiently steam jacket kettle simmered until perfect. Organic Montmorency tart cherries are washed, pitted, and cooked into a 30 Brix puree. Brix scale measures dissolved sugar content. The apple butter and tart cherry puree is then blended and hot packed in glass jars; 84 percent apples and 16 percent tart cherries. EDEN Apple Cherry Butter is fat and sodium free. No refined sugar or anything else ever added.
EDEN Organic Apple Cherry Butter is a tangy, sweet spread with brilliant flavor. It received a first place Foodie Award for 2010 in Vegetarian Times. In the jams and fruit spreads category it was the Reader's Fave. "Spreadable fruit that tastes like it's straight from the tree." A jar in your refrigerator makes healthy eating an easy pleasure. Dollop on oatmeal and cereal, spread it on toast, pancakes and waffles, add to batter and dough for moist, flavorful baked goods. It also makes excellent frosting.
Research shows apples and apple juice contain a wealth of phytonutrients beneficial to health. A study 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 tart cherry is traditionally known as the 'pie cherry' and the 'healing cherry'. In areas tart cherry has been grown for generations, the 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 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 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. EDEN is a wise choice.