"Won't Grow Here"

Cherries (Prunus cerasus) probably came from China around 4,000 B.C. America's favorite cherry, the Montmorency (a.k.a. tart or pie cherry) originated in France's Montmorency Valley. EdensoyColonists from Normandy brought these cherry pits and planted them along the Saint Lawrence River and down into the Great Lakes area. In 1852 Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary, planted cherry trees on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan. Other farmers and Native Americans in the area told him his efforts were futile, but Mr. Dougherty's trees flourished and soon, his neighbors were planting their own cherry trees. The area proved to be ideal for growing cherries because Lake Michigan tempers Arctic winds in winter and cools the orchards in summer. Today Michigan produces over 70 percent of the U.S. tart cherry supply, and the Traverse Bay area is known as the Cherry Capital of the World.

Fruitful Antioxidants

The Montmorency is traditionally known as the Healing Cherry. Where this cherry variety has been grown for generations, the locals attest to its abilities. Recent studies have found this variety to be a potent source of 17 antioxidants including anthocyanins, kaempferol, isoqueritrin, perillyl alcohol, quercitin, ellagic acid, 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.

Positive Organic Circle

In recent decades many family cherry orchards in Northern Michigan have converted to certified organic, pesticide free methods. Eden is gratified for our role in this positive cycle, through our delicious certified organic and transitional-to-organic Montmorency Cherry offerings.



This Month's Special


Because you're such a valued customer, receive 20% OFF any Fruit product you order. Simply enter the coupon code "FRUIT" when prompted during checkout. We encourage you to extend this offer to friends and family as well.

Offer expires July 31, 2006.



Dried Cherry Pie Filling

Serves: 8  |  Prep Time: 1:00 |  Cook Time: 0:30

Ingredients
• 2 cups Eden Dried Montmorency Cherries
• 3 cups Eden Organic Apple Juice
• 1/4 teaspoon Eden Sea Salt
• 4 Tablespoons Eden Organic Kuzu Root Starch
(dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water)

Cherry PieDirections
Place cherries, apple juice and sea salt in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn off the flame and let the cherries soak for 1 hour. After soaking, bring to a boil again without a cover. Slowly add the dissolved kuzu root starch, stirring constantly to prevent lumping. When thick, turn off the flame. The filling is now ready to make a pie or to use as a filling for crepes.

For a slightly sweeter flavor you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Eden Organic Apple Juice Concentrate or organic maple syrup.

Nutritional Info (Per serving)
186 Calories, 0g Fat (0% calories from fat), 1g Protein, 48g Carbohydrate, 0mg Cholesterol, 85mg Sodium

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Action Alert
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) recently introduced two bills related to GE crops and foods in the House of Representatives. One bill, HR 5269, The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act of 2006, would require mandatory labeling of all GE foods; the other, HR 5268, The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act, would require mandatory, pre-market safety testing of GE foods. To contact your Representative in support of these bills Click Here »

Lawsuit Challenges Unscientific FDA Policy on Genetically Engineered Foods
The Center for Food Safety has filed suit against the FDA for the agency's failure to adopt safety requirements for genetically engineered foods, and for failing to require labels on foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
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Eden Organic Refried Kidney Beans were ranked 'Best Refried Beans' in the June 2006 issue of Men's Health.
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Eden Foods will be exhibiting at the 52nd annual NASFT Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, July 9-11, 2006. Stop by our booth (#2456) to sample some of our products and to meet some of the Eden staff. For registration information visit www.specialtyfood.com.

Last month Eden Foods held our Annual Company Meeting and Picnic at the headquarters in Clinton, Michigan. After the meeting we all jumped on a couple buses and headed up to watch a Tigers game in Detroit.

 

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