Tart Cherries 101

Found in dried, frozen and canned forms, in addition to juice and concentrate – Montmorency tart cherries can be enjoyed year-round.

Montmorency tart cherries are different than the rest of the bunch.  Grown on small family farms in North America, Montmorency tart cherries are truly “The Cherry With More”, with their on-trend sweet-sour taste and unique nutrient profile.

Montmorency tart cherries have been studied more than any other type of cherry – and the evidence is growing.  In fact, there are more than 50 studies supporting the potential health benefits of Montmorency tart cherries -from inflammation and exercise recovery, to sleep. Turns out, the tart taste is an indication of the amount of anthocyanins inside. These flavonoid compounds are behind the sourness, intense red color and potential health-promoting properties, like reducing muscle soreness after exercise, easing arthritis pain and enhancing heart health. They may even help you sleep better at night because they contain melatonin, a natural hormone that regulates our sleep cycle.

Montmorency tart cherries are harvested in July, but you probably won’t find them fresh unless you live in one of the growing regions, so be sure to look for them in dried, frozen, juice or concentrate.

Montmorency tart cherries are harvested in July, but you probably won’t find them fresh unless you live in one of the growing regions, so be sure to look for them in dried, frozen, juice or concentrate.

Montmorency Tart Cherry Harvest

Montmorency is the varietal of tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) most commonly grown in the U.S. and Canada on small family farms. The name comes from a valley in the northern suburbs of Paris, France, where tart cherries were first cultivated in the 18th century.

Now, more than 94 percent of Montmorency tart cherries consumed in the U.S. are grown in the U.S. In fact, about 75 percent of the U.S. Montmorency tart cherries are grown in Michigan – the Cherry Capitol of the World. Utah, Washington, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are other prominent Montmorency tart cherry-producing states. Choosing this locally-grown varietal helps preserve generations-old family farms and supports North American agriculture.

But don’t just take our word for it. Be sure to check your local grocery store for Montmorency tart cherries and discover the great benefits and unique taste of “The Cherry with More”.