Northern Michigan Cherry
The Cherry Capital of the World 
The Traverse Bay region of Michigan grows over 60% of all of the U.S. tart cherry crop. In fact, Traverse City, the largest city in Northern Michigan is known as the "Cherry Capital of the World".

The unique micro-climate and mineral-rich soil area of northwestern Michigan has a number of family farms including apple farms, cherry farms, peach farms and more. In fact, the area stretching along hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan shoreline produces some of the world's finest fruit including tart cherries.

The Extraordinary History Of Montmorency Tart Cherries:

The tart cherry has an amazing history that is intertwined with Michigan. The first tart cherry tree was planted in 1852 by Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian missionary living on Old Mission Peninsula (near Traverse City, Michigan.)

Much to the surprise of the other farmers and Indians who lived in the area, Dougherty's tart cherry farm and trees flourished and soon other residents of the area started their very own cherry farms. The area proved to be ideal for growing sweet and tart cherries because Lake Michigan tempers Arctic winds in winter and cools the orchards in summer.

The first commercial tart cherry orchards in Michigan were planted in 1893 on Ridgewood Farm near the site of Dougherty's original plantings. By the early 1900s, the tart cherry industry was firmly established in the state with orchards not only in the Traverse City area, but all along Lake Michigan from Benton Harbor to Elk Rapids. Soon production surpassed other major crops. The first cherry processing facility, Traverse City Canning Company, was built just south of Traverse City, and the ruby-red tart cherry fruit was soon shipped to Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee.

The Montmorency is the primary variety of tart cherry. It was planted in the early orchards and is still used today. The fruit is excellent for pies, preserves and juice. The newest American variety of tart cherry is the Balaton. Dr. Amy Iezzoni developed this tart cherry variety at Michigan State University. It currently has limited production, but has great potential for the fresh market and for juice.

Sweet and tart cherries have pleased the palates of food lovers for centuries. Their ruby-red color and tangy taste won cherries a place on the tables of Roman conquerors, Greek citizens and Chinese noblemen. Cherries were brought to America by ship with early settlers in the 1600s.

Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
 It takes approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of Fruit Advantage tart cherry juice concentrate 
The good news about Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate continues to be published. In addition to an impressive ORAC unit value, tart cherry juice may also help maintain maintain healthy joints*, support a healthy cardiovascular system* and relieve muscle soreness due to physical exercise*.

Fruit Advantage 100% pure Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice is available from Traverse Bay Farms located in Northern Michigan. The Montmorency tart cherries used to make Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate are from Northern Michigan cherry farms.

Fruit Advantage has captured this amazing ruby red fruit and bottled it into a simple to enjoy a healthy cherry juice drink. It takes approximately 100 tart cherries to make just one ounce of Fruit Advantage Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate.

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Also frozen Montmorency tart cherries rank under 55 on the Glycemic Index scale. This is another reason to enjoy a glass of Fruit Advantage Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate today!

Frozen Montmorency Tart Cherries
are a low "Glycemic Index" food

Common carbohydrate foods and their GI classification

Low GI
Less than 55
Medium GI
56 - 69
High GI
70 - 100
Pumpernickel whole grain Pita Bread White Bread
100% whole grain Stone ground whole wheat Bagels
Dark multi-grain Rye crispbread Rice cakes
Montmorency Tart Cherries (frozen) Fruit cocktail Watermelon
Apricots Dried figs Dates
Pears Banana (very ripe) Strawberry fruit bar
Oranges Peaches canned in syrup Fruit leathers (various)
Peaches Cantaloupe  
Green and red lentils Baked Beans  
White beans Split pea soup  
Chick peas Black beans  
Sweet corn Beets Parsnips
Peas Sweet potato Mashed potatoes
Asparagus White baked potato French Fries
Cereal Grains
Barley Basmatic rice Instant rice
Bulgar Couscous Popcorn, plain

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Here is a list of list of some different apple farms, cherry farms, etc. located in Northern Michigan. You will need to contact each farm to determine if they offer you-pick tart cherries, cherry orchard tours and more. 

  • Hoxsie Orchards - Acme
  • Bardenhagen Farms - Suttons Bay
  • Anderson's Cherry Farms - Leelanau

Here is a list of farm markets that sells farm products and cherry products:

  • Traverse Bay Farms - Bellaire

University of Michigan Studies Tart Cherry Powder

New Flash: April 30, 2007

Tart Cherries may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and more...

Initial research from the University of Michigan finds tart cherry powder made from whole tart cherries may help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and also fight cell oxidative stress (cell damage caused by free radicals).

Earlier studies show that tart cherries are packed with naturally occurring antioxidants to help maintain a healthy body. On April 30, 2007, the results of a study conducted by the University of Michigan were presented at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting in Washington D.C..

During the study, whole tart cherry powder was fed to two test groups of rats. The tart cherry powder equated either to 1 percent or 10 percent of their diets for a 90 day period. Another study group received diets with no whole cherry powder.

The results showed that the cherry-enriched (tart cherry powder) diets had experienced additional health benefits when compared to the none cherry-enriched diets.

The researchers found that the rats in the study which were fed tart cherry powder benefited from just modest amounts of tart cherry powder. Some of the results included lower levels of cell oxidative stress (possibly due to the synergistic benefits of the compounds found in the tart cherry powder). In addition, the study indicated the tart cherry powder may also help maintain cardiovascular health in the subjects.

The researchers also indicated that after receiving promising cardiovascular results from using tart cherry powder in the study, the U of M team will soon launch clinical trials on humans with tart cherry powder.

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Fruit Advantage Montmorency Tart Cherry Capsules
Fruit Advantage Cherry Prime

Source: Cherry-enriched diets reduce metabolic syndrome and oxidative stress in lean Dahl-SS rats. Experimental Biology 2007 225.8, Seymour EM, Singer AAM, Bennink MR, Bolling SF. Presented in minisymposium 225, Dietary Bioactive Compounds: Chronic Disease Risk Reduction.

Montmorency Tart Cherry Research
Recent research conducted at Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston and Brunswick Laboratory in Wareham, MA reveals each 100 gram serving (about 3 1/2 oz.) of tart cherry juice concentrate delivers over 12,000 ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). See the chart to the left for the antioxidant capacity of selected fruits.

Higher ORAC values are imperative to maintaining a health body simply because antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. A free radical is an unbalanced and reactive molecule that has lost one or more of its electrons.  Free radicals attempt to rob needed electrons from other molecules. If you have ever witnessed a cut apple or potato turn brown, you are witnessing what free radicals can do to healthy molecules.

Many people, think of the free radical reaction in your body similar to "cellular rust". Rust on metal is actually an oxidation reaction.  While free radicals occur naturally in oru bodies, we increase them by exposing ourselves to many pollutants, cigarette smoke and even ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

ORAC units help to fight free radicals. Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate is an excellent source of ORAC to help the body in fight free radicals.




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* The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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