the montmorency cherry & the science
The Montmorency Cherry(Prunus Cerasus) is a type of sour cherry (tart) that gets its name from a valley just north of Paris France. A valley named after one of the oldest and most distinguished families of the French nobility dating back to the 12th Century.
Good quality Montmorency Cherries should be large and bright red, with clear yellowish flesh. Although a cherry tree can grow almost anywhere, the quantity and quality of its fruit depend on specific climatic conditions. Montmorency provided the ideal conditions for growing this fruit and became widely known for its’ ‘special’ healing properties in centuries past.
Researchers continue to explore the beneﬁts of “superfoods” – a unique group of nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables that contain natural compounds shown to have potential health-promoting properties. Few foods fall into this category and emerging science shows Montmorency cherries (Prunus Cerasus) are among them. Montmorency cherries are rich in antioxidants and contain potent, naturally-occurring phytonutrients, including anthocyanins and melatonin, which have been linked to a variety of health beneﬁts.