Montmorency tart cherries are harvested in the summer, yet they’re available year-round in multiple forms: dried, frozen, canned, juice and juice concentrate.
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. Studies have explored the impact of Montmorency tart cherry consumption on arthritis and gout, exercise recovery, sleep, heart health and gut health.
The distinctive taste and deep red color of Montmorency tart cherries are due to the concentration of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol in the flavonoids family.
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 Capital of the World. Utah, Washington, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are other prominent Montmorency tart cherry-producing states. Choosing this locally-grown, not imported 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”.