As America’s #1 award winning super fruit brand, we get asked a lot of questions regarding our all-natural fruit-based products including tart cherry juice. You see, since 2009, Traverse Bay Farms has won 26+ national food awards at America’s largest and most competitive national food competitions. This simply means we know a lot about what goes into making great tasting fruit-based products.
As we move closer to the 2018 tart cherry harvest, I would like to share with you some of the leading health benefits of drinking tart cherry juice.
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#1: Located in the Heart of Cherry Growing Country: Traverse Bay Farms is located in the heart of the “Cherry Capital of the World”. That’s right, we are located in Bellaire, MI with a second retail store located in Elk Rapids, Michigan. In fact, the 45th Parallel runs right through Bellaire, Michigan.
So what makes the 45th Parallel so special? This simply means Traverse Bay Farms is located exactly half-way between the North Pole and the equator. It is often referred to as the Goldilocks scenario. It is neither to hot, nor to cold. The climate and temperature is “just right” to grow some of the world’s best produce.
Some of the best growing regions on Mother Earth are scattered along the 45th Parallel. In addition to world famous Montmorency Tart Cherries, here are some other crops grown along the 45th Parallel:
- Washington Apples
- New York Apples
- Wisconsin Sweet Cherries
- The Famous Grape Growing Regions of France
- And more…
So if you’re looking for some of the best-grown fruits on the planet, look for produce that is grown along the 45th Parallel like the Montmorency tart cherries that go into producing some of our products.
Since we are located along this famous Parallel, we know the secrets of what it takes to grow and make some of the best products on the planet.
Tart Cherries Verse Sweet Cherries
#2: What is the Difference Between Tart Cherries and Sweet Cherries? Most of the research published about the natural health benefits of cherries has been conducted on the tart cherry.
So in the nutshell, two types of cherries exist. The two varieties are tart cherries and sweet cherries. While our region of Michigan grows both sweet and tart cherries, over 65% of tart cherries grown in the United States are grown in our part of Michigan. Check out quick photo of some locally grown tart cherries:
Although scientists have give the green light for making tart cherry juice concentrate a part of a health diet, some people are drinking the sweet or dark cherry juice daily. The biggest difference is the amount of sugar between the two varieties of cherries.
One serving of the Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice (1 - 8 oz. glass) has about 15 mg of naturally occurring sugar. While a single glass of dark cherry juice about delivers double that amount of sugar per glass. So if you’re looking to enjoy the natural health benefits of cherries, without all of the additional sugar, consider enjoying a glass of the red, sour cherry juice drink.
To derive the benefits of tart cherry juice, you only need to drink 1 glass of this juice a day, as this can provide plenty of antioxidants that will get to work in your body.
In addition, another comparison between the two types of cherries is how they are used. You see, tart cherries are typically used to create value-added products. A value-add product examples are tart cherry juice concentrate, tart cherry capsules, dried cherries and cherry salsa.
Many cherries based-products use the tart cherry variety on product creation due to the fact they are naturally lower in sugar content. In addition, they usually provide more amounts melatonin and anthocyanins when compared to other cherries. That is why tart cherry juice increases the quality of your sleep, due to the melatonin and helps to reduce inflammation and soreness due to the presence of anthocyanins.
Video Guide: Tart Cherries Verse Sweet Cherries
Where to Find Fresh Cherries
If you’re looking to enjoy fresh cherries, grab the sweet or dark cherries, while if you want the natural health benefits get the tart variety. Check out this guide to tart cherry juice benefits can help you get the facts about this superfood
Unfortunately, cherries are a very perishable fruit. When getting the fresh fruit, you’ll need to eat them within a few days of purchasing them or after picking them. Cherries are only available during the short summer harvest season of about 4 – 5 weeks in Northern Michigan. During cherry season, we do ship the fresh fruit so make sure to check out website during the summer months.
How to Store Fresh Cherries
The best way to store the fresh fruit is at room temperature.
The Official Tart Cherry Health Report is packed full of up-to-date research, cherry recipes and more. If you haven’t received your copy of this FREE downloadable book, click here to get yours!
Tart Cherry Juice Conclusion:
- Tart cherry juice is rich in nutrients and a simple addition to almost any diet. A glass of this refreshing juice daily helps your body to get powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants including anthocyanins, melatonin and a number of other compounds.
- Montmorency tart cherries has been shown clinically researched and tested with the results of the studies indicating they can assist with soothing sore muscles, reducing inflammation in the body and fighting joint pain naturally.
- The “Traverse Bay Farms Region” is located in Northern Michigan in the heart of the Cherry Capital of the World.
So the next time you would to enjoy an all-natural glass of 100% pure, USA-grown, Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate check out the Fruit Advantage Cherry Juice concentrate from Traverse Bay Farms. Since Traverse Bay Farms is winner of 26+ national food awards, making the company the #1 award winning super fruit brand in America, you know their fruit-based products have to be good.