The key to a healthy cherry is Montmorency. Emerging evidence suggests that the Montmorency tart cherries health benefits come from the unique attributes make the nutritional profile hard to top.
- Contains Natural Melatonin, which helps maintain Healthy/Normal Sleep Cycles**
- Supports Healthy Joint Function**
- Supports Healthy Cardiovascular Function**
- Naturally Gluten Free
- No Added Sugar
Tart cherries are a healthy whole fruit that is high in fiber, potassium, beta carotene, and antioxidants. One-quarter cup of dried cherries has 15% of the RDA for fiber. Cherries also contain potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C, B6, E, and folic acid. Tart cherries have virtually no fat and no sodium. “Tart cherries have 19 times as much vitamin A and beta carotene as strawberries and blueberries!” By Dr. Alice Jo Rainville. This variety of nutrients in tart cherries translates into good nutrition. In fact, the nutrient profile of cherries is hard to beat.
Melatonin in Cherries
Cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin, a potent antioxidant produced naturally by the body’s pineal gland that helps regulate biorhythm and natural sleep patterns. Experts indicate that just a handful of cherries contain more melatonin than what is normally found in the blood. Each ounce of King Orchards Cherry Juice Concentrate contains 4910ng of Melatonin.
Studies have shown that the antioxidant compounds in tart cherry juice may decrease some of the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage. Tart cherry juice concentrate scored highest of all fruits and vegetables in recently conducted extensive nutraceutical evaluations and ORAC testing by Brunswick Laboratories.
Anthocyanins are natural colorants belonging to a group of compounds called the flavonoids. They are widely distributed among fruits, such as cherries, vegetables and flowers. In addition to their colorful characteristics, anthocyanins possess potent antioxidant properties. Ongoing studies are also exploring the role of cherries in promoting cardiovascular health. A one ounce serving of King Orchards tart cherry juice concentrate provides 57,946.2 ORAC 5.0 units, which measure the antioxidant capacity of foods. Read more about ORAC testing and the new results we have uncovered.
How to Fit Healthy Cherries Into Your Diet
Montmorency tart cherries are easy to fit into your regular routine even though they are rarely in the fresh fruit section at your favorite grocery store. Montmorency tart cherries have a very short fresh shelf life, only lasting around 24 hours after being picked. Fortunately, there are several way to preserve tart cherries without compromising their extraordinary health benefits.
Freezing cherries preserves the maximum amount of nutrients along with the fabulous tart cherry flavor and texture. Our cherries are Individually Quick Frozen (IQF), which is a culinary practice where each piece of fruit is frozen separately from the others, making them easy to handle and take out small amounts at a time. These cherries are perfect for cooking, baking, as a yogurt or ice cream topping, or just slightly thawed on their own.
Tart Cherries in Water
We understand there is always a stigma around “canned” anything. Don’t be fooled by the package though with this product. There is absolutely nothing added to these cherries (no sugar, no preservatives, etc.); the only ingredients in this spectacular product are water and pitted Montmorency tart cherries. This gives you that fresh feel of cherries without having to pick them off the trees yourself.
This is one of the only ways to get fresh Montmorency tart cherries due to their 24 hour shelf life. Not only will you be getting an extremely unique product, but you will get the amazing opportunity to walk through the orchard and hand pick your own fruit. Oh, and did I mention we will pit the cherries with our commercial pitter while you watch so they are ready to go into your freezer?
Dried Montmorency tart cherries make a tasty snack, full of a sweet tart, tangy flavor that’s good for you. Many of our customers enjoy tossing dried cherries in their morning oatmeal, a cup of yogurt or cereal, on salads, or as a refreshing alternative to raisins in their favorite recipe.
Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate gives you the maximum amount of cherries per serving. Our cherry juice concentrate contains at least 2000 cherries for every 32 oz (quart) bottle. The amount of nutrients per 1 ounce serving is tremendous. Concentrated cherry juice allows you to easily incorporate it into your regular routine (adding it to your morning orange juice, yogurt, or protein shake (the possibilities are endless!). Why we love concentrate.
Cherry capsules are a great way to incorporate cherries into your regular routine. This is a cherry powder produced from whole tart Montmorency cherries that have been processed to a finished freeze-dried powder and put into a vegetarian capsule. This is a good choice if you want your max cherry but are not a fan of the bold tart taste of the cherry juice.
Imitators Abound – ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!
Many brands of Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate are actually using imported cherries in their concentrate. Support your local grower! Montmorency tart cherries are a U.S. grown product so don’t be fooled by other imported varieties of cherries like the Morello that is grown in Poland.
The advantage to buying from King Orchards is that you are ALWAYS buying cherries grown in the USA!
*Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is the sugar content that approximates the dissolved solid content. The °Bx is traditionally used in the wine, sugar, fruit juice, and honey.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.