You have read all of the research and download several white papers teaching about the arthritis fight capability of the tart cherry. You have watch videos on YouTube and even listened to some podcasts on BlogTalkRadio, the next step is decide where to purchase cherry juice from. However, with all of the brands offering cherry juice and places to buy it, where do you start? That is the reason we’ve created this page. Not to recommend any specific brand, but to provide you with a checklist to use when purchasing tart cherry juice concentrate for you and your family.
The Tart Cherry Juice Check List:
Question #1: Where are the cherries grown?
This is probably the most important question many people have when buying cherry juice. Did you know that Michigan grows over 65% of all of the Montmorency tart cherries in the United States? This means this is the probably the best place to begin your search.
Look for companies that are located in Michigan. The reason is if they are located in Michigan, they probably will be using Michigan-grown tart cherries to make the tart cherry juice concentrate.
Question #2: Does the brand or company state Never-Imported cherries or cherry juice?
Now that you can agree that buying from the #1 cherry growing region is important, next look for cherry juice brands that state they are using Never Imported Cherries or cherry juice. Did you know that several companies selling cherry juice and cherry product don’t know where the cherries are actually grown? Some of these companies as selling cherry juice made from cherries imported from Poland, Turkey or even China. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not only to support American farmers but I like to only eat food that is grown in the United States.
The next question to ask any company is to prove they are using never imported cherry juice. This is either stated on their website or printed right on the product label. If the company can’t prove they never import tart cherries and cherry juice to make their product, consider looking elsewhere.
Question #3: What types of cherries are used?
When the label simply read “Cherry Juice” it may not mean what you think. Cherry juice can be made from sweet or dark cherries as well as tart or red cherries. So find out specifically the type of cherries used. Over the last several years, the majority of the research published in the natural health benefits of cherries have been conducted on the tart or red cherries, specifically the Montmorency variety.
In addition to the type, also ask about the variety. The reason is there are many types of red cherries including the Balaton and Montmorency. As mentioned above, if you want the type of the cherry that the majority of the research has been conducted on, select the Montmorency variety over the Balaton.
Question #4: How is it packed?
When purchasing any type of food product consider food products, including cherry juice, that is packaged in glass bottles. Glass prevents plastic leaching. Plastic leaching is widely known in the food industry and this is when the food inside of the bottle actually “pulls” or leaches plastic molecules from the plastic container directly back into the food product.
So look for cherry juice that is packed in glass bottles. Another benefit for enjoying cherry juice in glass bottles is it is shelf stable until you open to the bottle. This helps to save you hassle since you can store extra cherry juice in your pantry rather than taking up valuable space in your freezer or refrigerator.
Question #5: Is it sediment-free?
Sedimentation in cherry juice may be an indication of poor quality cherry juice, an inadequate bottling process, using older cherry juice concentrate among other factors. Sedimentation is when thick residue builds up on the bottom of the bottle due to the actual breakdown of the product. If you have used cherry juice in the past, you’ve may have seen or even purchased juice that contained sedimentation.
Sediment-free means the product offers a “free flow” or it doesn’t contain chunks in the juice itself.
Below is a quick reference guide to help you make the best decision for you and your family when purchasing tart cherry juice concentrate.
- Where are the Cherry Grown?
From Michigan: Yes ____ No _____
- Does the brand or company state Never-Imported cherries or cherry juice?
Imported: Yes ____ No ____
- What types of cherries are used?
Montmorency: Yes ____ No ____
- How is it packed?
Packed in Glass Bottles?: Yes ____ No ____
- Is it sediment-free?
Packed in Glass Bottles?: Yes ____ No ____
The more Yes’s you have checked the better.