The Unknown Cherr-itage of Montmorency Tart Cherries

July 11, 2018

The Unknown Cherr-itage of Montmorency Tart Cherries

Tastes tart. Sounds French. All American.

Tart cherry harvest is underway! How much do you know about these small but mighty superfruits?

Here are six facts about Montmorency tart cherries that will make you love them even more:

  • America is the oldest democracy in the world, but Montmorency tart cherries predate the Declaration of Independence by over a century, arriving in America in the 1600s.
  • The infamous rumor that Washington cut down the cherry tree might be a myth, but his honesty made cherries, well, honestly presidential.
  • Montmorency is such a part of the American fabric that the cherry capital of the WORLD is Traverse City, MI.
  • Montmorency cherries have spread to seven states including New York, Utah, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon that produce about 37,000 acres each year.
  • Each year, those acres produce about 300 million pounds of cherries. That’s almost half the weight of the Empire State Building.
  • With every Montmorency tart cherry product you buy, you’re supporting the next generation of American farmers.