Road to Montmorency: Your Tour of the Tart Cherry

February 1, 2017

Road to Montmorency: Your Tour of the Tart Cherry

National Cherry Month is here, discover the power behind Montmorency tart cherries.

A cherry isn’t just a cherry. When it comes to tart cherries, the Montmorency varietal is the cherry with more.  There are more than 60 studies exploring the potential benefits of North-American grown Montmorency tart cherries.

You can download the Road to Montmorency brochure here.

Why Montmorency Matters

You can download the Road to Montmorency brochure here.

What is Montmorency?

Montmorency is the name of the most commonly-grown type of tart cherry in the U.S.

Each year, the U.S. produces approximately 275 to 300 million pounds of tart cherries. Of this crop, over 70% comes from Michigan. Other big tart cherry growing areas include Utah, New York, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Canada.

Montmorency tart cherries are a north American-grown superfruit sourced from small family orchards. That means choosing Montmorency tart cherries can help support local agriculture and preserve generations-old family farms.

Thanks to their availability in dried, frozen, juiced and concentrate forms, there are many ways you can enjoy Montmorency tart cherries all year-round.

Supported by Science

More than 60 studies have explored the potential health benefits associated with Montmorency tart cherries, ranging from exercise recovery to sleep, to heart health and inflammation.

      • Exercise and Recovery

Montmorency tart cherry juice is growing among athletes as a natural food to aid exercise recovery. Research has shown tart cherry juice may help: ease muscle pain associated with exercise[ref]Kuehl KS, et al. Efficacy of tart cherry juice in reducing muscle pain during running: a randomized controlled trial. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010;7:17-22[/ref], accelerate recovery of muscle strength[ref]Howatson G, et al. Influence of tart cherry juice on indices of recovery following marathon running. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010;20:843-852[/ref].

      • Sleep

Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few natural food sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Research has shown that two glasses of tart cherry juice each day may help: increase sleep time[ref]Liu AG, et al. Tart cherry juice increases sleep time in older adults with insomnia. Experimental Biology. San Diego, CA. April 28, 2014.[/ref], increase sleep efficiency[ref]Howatson G, et al. Effect of tart cherry juice (Prunus cerasus) on melatonin levels and enhanced sleep quality. Eur J Nutr. 2012;51:909-916[/ref] and reduce insomnia in older adults[ref]Pigeon WR, et al. Effects of a tart cherry juice beverage on the sleep of older adults with insomnia: A pilot study. J Med Food. 2010;13:579-583[/ref].

      • Inflammation

Montmorency tart cherries may help reduce inflammation related to arthritis and gout. Research has revealed that tart cherry juice can: reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis[ref]Kuehl KS, et al. Efficacy of tart cherry juice to reduce inflammation biomarkers among women with inflammatory osteoarthritis. J Food Studies. 2012;1:14-25[/ref], lower risk of gout attack[ref]Zhang Y, et al. Cherry consumption and decreased risk of recurrent gout attacks. Arthritis Rheum. 2012; 64:4004-11[/ref] and reduce uric acid levels[ref]Bell PG, et al. Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) concentrate lowers uric acid, independent of plasma cyanidin-3-O-glucosiderutinoside. J Funct Foods, 2014;11:82-90.[/ref].

      • Heart Health

Montmorency tart cherries may provide a number of cardiovascular benefits. Research shows they may help: lower blood pressure[ref]Keane KM, et al. Effects of Montmorency tart cherry (Prunus Cerasus L.) consumption on vascular function in men with early hypertension. Am J Clin Nutr, 2016:103:1531-1539[/ref], reduce risk of stroke[ref]Seymour EM, et al. Effect of tart cherry versus PPAR agonist pioglitazone on stroke-related phenotypes and inflammation. FASEB J. 2013;27:359.7[/ref], lower triglycerides[ref]Martin KR, et al. 100% Tart cherry juice reduces plasma triglycerides and CVD risk in overweight and obese subjects. FASEB J. 2010; 24 (Meeting Abstract Supplement):722.14[/ref] and decrease cholesterol levels[ref]Seymour EM, et al. Tart cherry-enriched diets reduce atherosclerosis and mortality in mice. FASEB J. 2011; 25 (Meeting Abstract Supplement): 980.10[/ref].