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Tart Cherry vs Black Cherry

One of the greatest debate since the beginning of time is “tart cherry vs black cherry”.  It seems these two varieties of cherry have been battling it out over which one is the best. Which is the best for maintaining healthy joint? Which is best for getting a more restful night’s sleep? Finally, which on simply tastes better?

Tart cherry vs sweet cherryA few years back I did a complete video explaining the Tart Cherry vs Black Cherry, but recently several customers ask if they could get something they could read and not simply a video. So I went back and took all of the information contained in the video and placed it on this page. That way, individuals have two ways to learn about this ongoing battle between these two cherry giants.

So the start, cherries, in general have been associated with healthy joints, soothing sore muscles and helping with sleep patterns. However, there is a difference between the two varieties.

The Area to Look at is the Anthocyanins:

Anthocyanins, a phenol compound, are a naturally occurring antioxidant found in both varieties, however according to CMI, the tart variety does have a higher concentration. Anthocyanins are responsible for giving this tree fruit its color. However, not only this fruit, but all fruit in nature. To date, over 350 varieties of anthocyanins have been discovered. Check out the chart below to see the difference amounts:

Approximately 310 milligrams in 100 grams of fruit.

Approximately 100 to 150 milligrams per 100 grams.

Winner: The Tart

Here is side-side comparison of 8 ounces of the juice of each of the varieties:

  Tart Cherry Juice     Black Cherry Juice
Vitamins A 0   4% DRV
Vitamin C   15% of DRV   25% of DRV
Sodium  20 mg     10 mg
Potassium 410 mg     560 mg

Winner: So from the chart above, it’s a mixed bag of which of the variety is higher or lower. However, having this information is vital making an informed decision.

Eating and Baking with the Cherries:

Due to the higher natural sugar content, many people prefer to eat the fresh black cherry over the tart cherry. This high sugar content makes the dark variety more palatable. However, for baking the tart cherry is the clear winner. This is the type the majority of recipes suggest when making many cherry recipes. The next time you are making a recipe involving cherries, you’ll discover it will be calling for the use of the tart.

Tart for baking
Sweet for eating the raw fruit

Video Comparing Tart Cherry vs Black Cherry:

The Final Decision:

Both type of cherries offer a number of health benefits, it is the tart cherry that much of the research has been conducted on over the past several years. This doesn’t mean research hasn’t been conducted on the sweet cherry, but it seems the tart variety has captured more of the attention of food reseachers. So the final decision of the tart cherry vs the black cherry is in our option the tart is the winner.

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