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Dried tart cherries are delicious as a snack or mixed with nuts for party treats. They offer a delicious combination of sweet and tart and are full of flavor. Our Michigan-grown, Montmorency dried tart cherries not only taste great but are also a great source of antioxidants? Dried tart cherries make a healthy snack, while being good for your body in many different ways!
Ingredients: Michigan-grown Montmorency Tart cherries, sugar and sunflower oil.
Our Michigan dried tart cherries contain NO high fructose corn syrup or sulfates!
6 Ways to Enjoy Dried Tart Cherries
- Enjoy with Oatmeal: Simply sprinkle dried tart cherries over your morning oatmeal. They add a flavorful cherry taste to your breakfast.
- Add to Yogurt: Enjoy with your favorite yogurt or yogurt parfait.
- Mix Trail Mix and Granola: Add some cherry flavor to your favorite snack.
- Cheese and Cracker Tray: Include dried tart cherries as an additional selection on your cheese and cracker tray. The sweet and tart combination is a great pairing with fresh cheese, crackers and a glass of wine.
- Add to your Favorite Dishes: Dried tart cherries are an excellent addition to any recipe. Sprinkle over baked salmon, mix with couscous or toss over your favorite dinner salad.
- Baked Dishes: Add a ¼ cup of dried cherries in breads, cookies, muffins and more.
#1) FAQ: What is the difference between your dried tart cherry varieties?
Answer: We offer several different varieties of dried tart cherries. Below is a definition of each type of dried tart cherry we offer:
- No Added Sugar Natural Dried Tart Cherries (Natural Dried Cherries) - These healthy treats can also be used in baked goods, salads or snacks. They are not sweetened nor sprayed, resulting in a little smaller morsel than the sweetened dried tart cherry variety. Their naturally TART flavor really shines through!
- Dried Tart Cherries - These are the most familiar morsels usually offered as snacks, in salads or in baked goods. They are washed then slightly infused with a sugar solution and spritzed with natural sunflower oil to enhance the natural sweetness and preserve their chewy texture. These can be ordered right from this page (scroll up!)!
- Organic Dried Tart Cherries - These organically grown dried cherries are also thoroughly washed, sweetened with organic sugar and then lightly spritzed with organic sunflower oil for an incredible burst of cherry flavor. These are found in the "Dried Fruit" section under "Our Products" above.
- Chocolate-Covered Dried Tart Cherries - We take our fresh dried tart cherries and cover them in either milk chocolate, rich dark chocolate and more! Watch out....they can be addicting! These are found in the "Chocolate Fruit" section under "Our Products" above.
- No matter how you want to enjoy your dried tart cherries, rest assured they are Michigan dried tart cherries of the Montmorency variety!
#2) FAQ: Do you offer free shipping on your dried tart cherries?
Answer: Yes! We offer free shipping on our Michigan dried tart cherries when you order the 4 lbs option. Their "Best By" date is 9-12 months out, and they keep even longer in the freezer!
#3) FAQ: When will I receive my order?
Answer: All packages are shipped within 24 hours of your order. Your order will be shipped via the US Post Office. You will receive an email with tracking information when your package is shipped. You'll also have access to an up-to-date order status if you create an account with us!
#4) FAQ: How do I use the dried tart cherries?
Answer: Our Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries are great to enjoy with every meal of the day and in-between, too! Drop a few cherries into your oatmeal with breakfast, or toss in a small handful into your salad at lunchtime. Add a few with your salmon or baked chicken during dinner. Finally, mix in with nuts for a healthy mid-day or late-night snack.
Learn About the Pain Relieving Properties of Tart Cherries
Did you know THIS about dried tart cherries? Dried cherries rank low on the Glycemic index.
Consuming high sugar content food on a regular basis is bad news for your body. Deciding on what types snacks and ingredients to add to your diet is vital to your overall health. When selecting the type of foods to add to your diet consider foods that are good source of fiber, have a low to moderate glycemic ranking and offer satiety.
Fiber is important to your diet since it assists with weight loss, digestive health and may also help to maintain health body sugar levels. The consumption of low to moderate glycemic foods tend not to rapidly increase blood sugar levels. Foods that offer satiety help you to feel fuller longer.
Dried Tart Cherries and Fiber:
Dried cherries are a good source of natural fiber. For example a ½ cup of dried cherries delivers approximately 8% (2 grams) of daily fiber recommendations. However, since you probably won’t eat ½ cup of dried cherries in a single day, for a normal consumption, a small handful of dried cherries tossed into a salad or bowl of oatmeal is the way many of our customers enjoy our Fruit Advantage Dried Cherries.
For example if you did toss ¼ of dried tart cherries into 1 cup of oatmeal (which itself contains about 16% of daily fiber recommendation or 4 grams) , you would be consuming about 5 grams (or about 20% daily fiber intake) of total fiber. Not only would it taste great, you would be getting a healthy good source of necessary fiber!
The Glycemic Index:
Another factor to consider in food consumption is how a food ranks on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a numerical scale that ranks the potential effect a specific food or beverage may have on your blood sugar levels. For example, foods with a high glycemic index rating (70 or more) are considered high-glycemic foods. Foods that rank below 55 on the scale are considered low glycemic foods.
The higher on the glycemic scale a food ranks the more rapidly it may raise your blood sugar levels. Conversely, if a food is lower on the scale it should not rapidly or significantly affect your blood sugar levels. Dried cherries rank at 54, a low ranking on the glycemic index.
The Satiety Factor:
The definition of satiety is how full foods make you feel after you eat them. Have you ever noticed when you eat certain types of food you feel fuller longer than when you eat other types of food? This is called satiety. A high satiety food helps you feel full after eating it and resist snacking until your next meal. Low satiety foods leave you hungry and with the desire to snack to satisfy your cravings. High fiber foods tend to help with weight loss and satiety. While dried cherries don’t significantly rank high in the satiety scale, they can be used to help you feel fuller longer when mixed with other fruits and foods. Below are just a few high satiety food recipes ideas you can use dried tart cherries in.
Dried Tart Cherry Recipe #1:
Mix together the following ingredients for a taste way to start your day or a mid-afternoon snack.
- 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 1 freshly chopped banana
1/8 cup of dried tart cherries
Dried Tart Cherry Recipe #2:
Cook whole-wheat pasta (1½ inch diameter bunch). This amount equals 4 cups of cooked pasta. Drain and lightly mix with olive oil. Add 1/8 cup of dried tart cherries and enjoy. This makes a simple and tasty light meal, yet provides satiety, too.
Dried cherries are a excellent combination of fiber, offer moderate ranking on the glycemic index and when mixed with other foods, offer satiety. More reasons why we love them!
Final Benefits of Fruit Advantage Dried Tart Cherries
This tiny red tree fruit provides a combination of several benefits, including: its ability to rank low on the glycemic index (for diabetics and those watching their sugar intake), its fresh, satisfying taste, it's a good source of a naturally-occurring antioxidants (anthocyanins, melatonin and more) and it delivers important nutritional ingredients to the body.
In addition, this fruit also offers the natural ability to soothe sore muscles from physical exercise, relieve joint pain and help with getting a more restful night's sleep. Best of all, it is 100% natural and grown in Michigan (cherry country)!
Our Fruit Advantage Dried Tart Cherries are a convenient and delicious way to enjoy the many health benefits of cherries. Order some today!
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We’ve specifically created this section to provide you with an At-A-Glance overview - so you can get the information you’re looking for fast! You can also check out the various informative videos throughout our website for more information.
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So let’s go ahead and get started with learning about “How It is Made”…
Why is Traverse Bay Farms an Expert for Fruit-Based Products?
Located in Northern Michigan, the epicenter of tart cherry farming and numerous other fruit and vegetables, Traverse Bay Farms began with one goal in mind: delivering great-tasting, fruit-based gourmet products that can be enjoyed with every meal of the day. And to share them with the world!
Our hometown of Bellaire is located directly on the 45th Parallel North. The 45th Parallel is commonly referred to as the “Goldilocks” scenario for farming since it is “not too hot and not too cold”. That make it "just right" for abundant healthy produce! Much of the best fruits and vegetables on the planet are grown along the 45th Parallel North. So, we are very grateful to be able to use local cherries in our cherry products and as much locally grown ingredients as possible in all of our products. It means a lot!
Due to our belief in, and love for, what we do, Traverse Bay Farms has won 26 national food awards at America’s largest and most competitive food competitions! We are America’s #1 award winning super-fruit brand. With winning 26 national food awards, you know it has to be good!
How are the Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate and other Fruit Juices Made?
The secret to our tart cherry juice concentrate (and other fruit juice concentrates) is that all of our juices are bottled in small batches.
In a time where everything is about producing mass quantities of a product as fast as possible, we take a different approach. We are putting the health benefits, antioxidant richness and flavor first. We are putting our talent and skill in providing "truly great tasting" and "full of healthy goodness" fruit and veggie products!
But what does "Small Batch" really mean...
This means we bottle more often to offer you a fresher product. This way we can closely monitor every step along the way, including selecting only premium fruits to go into each of our juice concentrates. You are able to taste the vivid flavor and enjoy the condition-specific health benefits of the juice in every glass.
It's about using local, Michigan-grown, Montmorency cherries in our cherry juice concentrate and USA grown fruit in our other juice concentrates. It's about slowing down and taking time to deliver a rich gourmet taste!
How are the Tart Cherry Capsules and Other Super Fruit Supplements Made?
Offering the special health benefits found within each fruit and vegetable is our most important accomplishment. Getting those vitamins and nutrients into our bodies is the core to true health.
We use a proprietary process we call FruiTraction to capture the natural health benefits in our Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Joint Formula, Tart Cherry Powder and other Fruit Advantage super fruit capsules and powders.
The freeze-drying process starts with the whole-fruit including the skin, the pulp and the juice of the fruit. The FruiTraction process is able to capture and condense the powerful condition-specific health benefits found in the underlying fruit. You’ll know you’re getting the all-natural benefits of the fruit in a convenient, easy-to-swallow capsule.
How are the Dried Cherries and Other Dried Fruits Made?
After just one taste of our Dried Cherries and other dried fruit, you’ll love their moisture and full flavor. They are packed in re-sealable bags so you can enjoy the wholesomeness and convenience of our dried cherries and other dried fruits in their many uses.
The patented freezing, drying and processing technology used to create our dried cherries and other fruits is so unique, you can taste the difference in every bite.
How are the Salsa, Jams, Barbeque Sauces and Other Gourmet Food Products Made?
The secret to our nationally award winning salsa, barbeque sauce, jams and mustards is just like our fruit juice concentrates. They are also produced in small batches.
This means, we closely monitor every step along the way, including the selection of only premium fruits that go into each of our products. You will be able to taste the vivid flavors in every bite. It's about knowing where each ingredient comes from and talking with the farmers. It means creating flavor combinations (both traditional and new) that flow together, not just adding extra ingredients because it is the "in" thing to do. It's about slowing down and taking time to truly deliver a satisfying gourmet taste.
When you receive your order, you'll have the confidence of knowing you are about to enjoy great-tasting, healthy and nationally award winning gourmet food products and dietary supplements. You might want to share them with family, friends and co-workers. It's what we love to do!