Eden selected 'transitional-to-organic' Montmorency tart cherries infused with organic apple juice concentrate, slowly dried, and misted with organic safflower oil to prevent clumping. No refined sugar, sulfites, or preservatives. Fat free, very low sodium without salt added, and a good source fiber. They contain 1.4 milligrams of antioxidant anthocyanins per 45 gram serving. Easy to keep at hand when on the go, at school, work, or home. Include them in making desserts, pastries, breads, granola, popcorn balls, muesli, hot cereal, as a salad garnish, or whatever your imagination comes up with.
Eden Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries are from organic and 'transitional to organic' orchards that are in the process of becoming certified organic while using organic methods. Eden's cherries are grown near the east shore of northern Lake Michigan, an ideal and historic tree fruit producing area due to its seasonal lake effect. Almost a decade ago six families in this region asked Eden to help them convert their orchards to organic. These original orchards have now been managed organically for nine years and more orchards are being converted to organic each year.
Unlike most dried fruit, Eden Dried Montmorency Tart Cherries contain no added refined sugar and we use NO sulfites, chemical preservatives or additives of any kind.
Fresh harvested cherries are cooled overnight in circulating water, then pitted and 'quick frozen'. Through this process they are inspected repeatedly, both visually and by machine. The cherries are thawed and infused by immersing them in Eden Organic Apple Juice Concentrate that is circulated over them until they reach the right 'Brix' or sweetness. The infused cherries are rinsed, low heat dried, and then coated very lightly with a mist of Eden Organic Safflower Oil to keep them from clumping. The low heat drying is warm air circulated until they are dry enough to become shelf stable, requiring no refrigeration. Contains 1.4 milligrams of antioxidant anthocyanins per 45 gram serving. A healthy, sweet and pleasantly tart snack.
The Montmorency cherry 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.' Melatonin is soluble in both fat and water and can enter cells that many vitamins cannot.