The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

5 Reasons to Eat More Tart Cherries



I f you want to add superfoods to your diet in the new year, Montmorenc­y tart cherries may be perfect for you.

Montmorenc­y is the variety of tart cherries grown in America, primarily on small family farms. Compared to sweet cherries that are typically eaten fresh during the summer season, tart cherries are available year-round as dried, frozen, canned, juice and juice concentrat­e.

Decades of scientific research has shown Montmorenc­y tart cherries are deserving of their superfood reputation. Here are five reasons to enjoy them more often: n Sleep: Tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin

and have been the focus of multiple sleep studies. n Exercise recovery: Tart cherry juice has become a popular

exercise recovery drink for athletes. n Arthritis and gout: Studies have explored the impact of Montmorenc­y tart cherry juice consumptio­n on gout attacks and arthritis symptoms. n Heart health: Montmorenc­y tart cherry research has examined

blood pressure and blood lipids. n Versatilit­y: Although they remain perfect for pie, tart cherries can easily transition from sweet to savory, adding complex flavors to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, granola bars, trail mix and grain bowls.

Look for dried U.s.-grown tart cherries at the store and online for enjoyment at the start of your day and at night in recipes like Tart Cherry Overnight Oats and Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites.

Find more recipes and scientific research at Choosecher­

Tart Cherry Overnight Oats

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administra­tive Board

Servings: 2

1 cup dried tart cherries, plus additional for topping (optional)

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup slivered almonds, plus additional for topping (optional)

2 tablespoon­s tart

cherry concentrat­e

2 tablespoon­s chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

honey, for topping (optional)

In large jar or container, mix cherries, oats, milk, almonds, cherry concentrat­e, chia seeds and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerat­e overnight.

Spoon into bowls and enjoy cold or warmed up. Drizzle with honey or sprinkle with extra dried tart cherries and almonds, if desired.

Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administra­tive Board Yield: 12 bites

6 medjool dates, pitted 1/2 cup dried tart


1/2 cup finely shredded

coconut flakes 3/4 cup unsalted cashews 1 teaspoon almond


1 pinch fine sea salt

In food processor, process dates until broken into peasized bits. Add dried tart cherries, coconut flakes, cashews, almond extract and sea salt; process until combined. Form into 12 balls and chill 2 hours.

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