They’re red, they’re tasty, and they’re one of Michigan’s most prized specialty crops! Fresh sweet Michigan cherries are in season from late June to August while Montmorency tart cherries are available throughout the year in dried, frozen, canned, or as juices and concentrates.
Michigan cherry facts:
- Michigan produces both tart (perfect for baked goods, entrees, snacks, smoothies, salads, and other recipes) and sweet (for fresh eating) cherries
- Michigan ranks 1st in the nation in the production of Montmorency tart cherries
- Michigan ranks 4th in the nation in the production of sweet cherries
- 70-75% of Montmorency tart cherries and 20% of sweet cherries grown in the U.S. come from Michigan
- The northwest counties of Michigan grow most of Michigan’s cherries
- Traverse City, Michigan is home to the annual National Cherry Festival and is the Cherry Capital of the World
- Montmorency tart cherries are abundant in anthocyanins – a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color, distinctive sour-sweet taste, and has been linked to the potential health benefits of Montmorency tart cherries.
- A growing number of elite athletes and everyday exercisers are incorporating Montmorency tart cherries in their training routines, as studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise.
- Research indicates that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help improve the quality and duration of sleep.
- Cherries contain beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber
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