Dried tart cherries are a sweet, tart, and flavorful treat that is
great for snacking, cooking, and baking. Our delicious tart
Montmorency cherries are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that
support heart health and reduce inflammation. Try our sour cherries
straight out of the bag, in trail mix, or in baked goods. These
dried cherries are lightly sweetened.
Enjoy Tart Cherries
Tart cherries have an incredible sweet and tangy flavor that we
like to enjoy by the handful. Here are some other delicious ways to
Baked goods: Add a 1/2 cup of dried sour cherries to the batter for
cookies, scones, muffins, breads and more. The cherries are
especially delicious alongside nuts and dark chocolate chips in
Granola and Trail Mix: Give your granola and trail mix snacks a
cheery cherry makeover by adding a scoop of dried cherries to the
mix. The tangy flavor will really bring your afternoon snacks to
the next level.
Yogurt and Oatmeal: Sprinkle tart cherries over your morning bowl
of oatmeal or yogurt parfait. They make a delicious topping for hot
cereal, Greek yogurt, frozen yogurt and more.
Cheese Platter: Just like other dried fruits, these tart cherries
are simply exquisite paired with fresh cheeses and accompanied by a
glass of red or sparkling wine.
Savory Dishes: The naturally sweet and tangy flavor of tart
cherries makes them a versatile ingredient in green salads, pasta
salads, vegetable dishes, and more. They can even be incorporated
into poultry dishes for a subtle hint of sweetness.
7 Health Benefits of Tart Cherries
1. Supports Overall Health: In addition to being rich in potassium,
vitamin C, and B complex, research has shown that cherry
consumption can help the body prevent heart disease and cancer, as
well as provide pain relief and improved bone health. These health
benefits are possible due to the antioxidants found in cherries,
the most vital of which are the flavonoids anthocyanins and
quercetin, and the phenolic acid amygdalin.
2. Heart-Protective: According to researchers, a flavonoid found in
cherries that has anticarcinogenic properties called quercetin can
help to prevent heart disease. Dried cherries are considered a
nutritionally significant source of quercetin, containing large
quantities per serving that surpass most fruits.
3. Promotes Better Sleep: If you're having trouble sleeping at
night, eating a handful of tart cherries in the hours before
bedtime can help. Researchers from Louisiana State University found
that participants who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a
day for two weeks were able to sleep almost 90 minutes longer than
the placebo group. The researchers suggest that the combination of
melatonin and tryptophan found in cherries promotes a good night's
sleep. They concluded that tart cherries are a safe alternative for
insomniacs relying on sleeping pills.
4. Anti-Inflammatory: Anthocyanins found in dried sour cherries
also block inflammatory enzymes, reducing pain. In fact, 20
cherries are 10 times as potent as aspirin and have positive
effects on gout and arthritis pain.
5. Strong Bones: Dried cherries are also considered to be excellent
sources of boron, providing 396 ug/100g. Boron consumption, coupled
with calcium and magnesium has been linked to increased bone
6. Pain Relief: Tart cherries naturally pack a health-promoting
punch that provides pain relief for many consumers. Ongoing
research shows that Montmorency tart cherries are a rich source of
antioxidants, including melatonin, which may help to relieve the
pain of arthritis, gout, and possibly fibromyalgia. To date, no
other fruit or vegetable has been found to have the pain relieving
properties of tart cherries. In addition, the antioxidants in tart
cherries can help fight cancer and heart disease.
7. Beyond the Fruit: A phenolic acid called amygdalin, also termed
Vitamin B17 and laetrile, found in the kernels of cherries and
other fruits, has been shown to reduce tumor size and further
spread of cancer, as well as to alleviate the pains of the
cancerous process. Populations such as the Hunza in Pakistan that
have always incorporated amygdalin into their diets have remained
cancer free, leading scientists to believe that its consumption
could also be a powerful cancer prevention food.
Our Registered Dietitian's Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut likes dried cherries
because they are rich in quercetin, a powerful flavonoid that has
been linked to reducing heart disease. Plus, thanks to their deep,
dark color from anthocyanins, they are linked to reducing
inflammation in the body. Try adding in tart cherries to salads,
trail mix, and granola. They are also delicious as a stand-alone