The history of the sour cherry reaches back to ancient Rome. Roman legionnaires are credited with carried cherry trees with them and introducing sour cherries to the Roman territory after discovering this tiny red fruit in the Black Sea region of Asia Minor. The legions planted cherry trees beside Roman roads and legionnaires used the fruit for food and the wood for building weapons and repairing equipment.
Sour cherries are bright red when harvested and they retain that striking color when dried. They have a unique flavor that combines elements of sour-sweet effect on the palette.
More than 50 studies have explored the health benefit potential of sour cherries, and the research strongly supports the anti-inflammatory qualities of sour cherries, together with the benefits of muscle recovery and pain relief from arthritis-like conditions. Studies discovered sour cherries have high levels of a naturally occurring substance Melatonin that helps govern sleep patterns.
Sour cherries are rich in anti-aging and antioxidant properties providing health benefits including a stronger immune system, relief from infections, and improved digestion. Including organic sour cherries in your diet provides a range of health benefits including:
- Anti-Aging & Free Radicals: Sour cherries are warehouses for antioxidants. They neutralize free radicals, protecting from all ailments associated with aging or the action of oxidants. Sour cherries can also help with sleeplessness, nervous disorders, and other mental discomforts
- Infections & Immunity: Antioxidants boost immunity, protecting from bacterial, viral and fungal infections, as well as coughs and colds
- Cancer: The flavonoids, carotenoids and vitamins A and C are powerful anti-carcinogenics that inhibit the growth of cancerous cells
- Brain Function and Nervous System: Flavonoids and carotenoids improve brain efficiency including memory and protect the nervous system from age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety and chronic stress.
- Eye Care: Antioxidants protect eyes against damage done by free radicals and aging, dryness, inflammation, and protects the eyes from infection
- Heart Disease: Excellent cardio-protectors, maintaining healthy heart rate, prevent blood vessels from hardening, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks.
Key Nutrition Details
Sour cherries are a great source of vitamins and minerals. A daily snack of 100 grams of sour cherries contains the following nutrients (% Daily Recommended Intake):
• Energy: 2.5%
• Carbohydrates: 9%
• Protein: 2%
• Total Fat: 3%
• Dietary Fiber: 4%
• Folates: 2%
• Niacin: 2.5%
• Pyridoxine: 3.5%
• Riboflavin: 3%
• Thiamin: 2.5%
• Vitamin A: 2.5%
• Vitamin C: 43%
• Vitamin K: 12%
• Sodium: 0.2%
• Potassium: 4%
• Calcium: 1.6%
• Copper: 11.5%
• Iron: 4%
• Magnesium: 2%
• Manganese: 5%
• Phosphorus: 2%
• Zinc: 0.1%
Archaeologists discovered fossilized cherry pits in prehistoric caves across Europe and Asia. The earliest written description of cherries comes from Theophrastus a Greek author, who includes the fruit in his epic in 300 BCE History of Plants. Here are some more fascinating facts about sour cherries:
- Greek author and physician Diphilus of Siphnos, described cherries’ usefulness as a diuretic
- There are more than 1000 different varieties of cherry
- The story about George Washington’s encounter with a cherry tree? Not true
- The German word Kirsch (cherry liqueur) comes from the word karshu a name given to cherries initially grown in Mesopotamia in 8 BC
- At one point, serving ice cream on cherry pie was illegal in Kansas
- An average tart cherry tree grows about 7,000 cherries
- A cherry pie is made from around 250 cherries
- ‘Cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus
- Cherries belong to the rose family.
Storage Tips & Shelf Life
Dried organic sour cherries will last for up to a year beyond their "best by" date provided they are kept in a dry, cool, dark place. Feeze for up to 2 years.
How to Enjoy
Organic dried sour cherries are scrumptious eaten just as they are. However, dried a sour cherries are delicious in a range of recipes:
- Sour cherries pair well with other stone fruit, such as almonds, apricots, and plums
- Sumptuous in cookies, scones, cakes, and muffins, or as breakfasts with muesli, oatmeal, and granola
- Brilliant in fresh fruit and savory salads
- Go well in pie and tart fillings and in desserts, galettes, strudels, cobblers, crumbles, compotes, rice puddings, sorbets, gelato, frozen yogurt, and ice cream
- Sour cherries are famously delicious in jams and preserves
|Ingredients||Organic dried tart cherries|
|Allergens||Packaged in the same facility as milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts.|
|Country of Origin||Turkey|