All About Cherries

You may have noticed that we feature a few fruity flavours in our choice of products, but we are closely related to one particular fruit of the bunch: Cherries.

Marble Hill Cherries

We are closely tied to Marble Hill Cherries, a pick-your-own cherry farm in the Marble Hills of Adelaide. In fact, the taste in our cherry vinegar comes from this farm’s cherries. Picked at the darkest red for the best flavour and nurtured by the laughter of our good friend Helen, we could not ask for better.

But what’s the big deal behind cherries? It’s hardly a common fruit, and is often expensive due to import costs. However, we can’t look away from the big benefits found in these little packages of goodness.

There’s Copper In Cherries?

Yep! And more so if it’s sour. Sour cherries contain higher amounts of copper and manganese than sweet cherries, along with the usual popular Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre. The amount of copper (and manganese) is tiny, so do not worry. In fact, a trace amount of copper helps with the formation of collagen, increases the absorption of iron and plays a role in energy production. As for manganese, some of the health benefits of manganese include a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones.

Granted, you’d have to take a LOT of cherries to see this result, but it is nice to know you’re getting a few extra benefits.

A Dose of Anthocya-what?

Cherries contain anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the colour in our red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables. If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, it belongs to the molecular class called flavonoids, odorless and nearly flavorless, and contribute to a astringent sensation (thanks, Wikipedia).

And cherries are known for their ruddiness.

For example. ~ Madam Noire

But anthocyanin is also useful as a health benefit. It is still being researched, but some results have emerged of it as an antioxidant, being anti-inflammatory, aiding in overall visual acuity, useful in ulcer treatment, and much more.

Cherries as a sleep-aid

Melatonin is found in cherries too. In fact, a study reports that a glass of tart (meaning sour) cherry juice contains high levels of melatonin and improved sleeping times of the participants in the study.

Granted, you’ll need a really strong concentrate – think 90-100 cherries’ worth of juice – to get this effect. However it’s good to know that a good dose of cherry juice will help you rest easy. Melatonin also helps to buffer the body’s immune system.

What about the sweet cherries?

Dark-red cherries have a good load of the mentioned nutrients as well! In fact, it’s noted that a cup full of dark-red cherries covers about 9.7 milligrams of Vitamin C, which is between 8-13% of the recommended intake of Vitamin C in adults.

And each bite of a cherry comes packed with fibre, which helps you feel fuller and reduce the risk of snacking and hunger pangs after a meal. One cup of dark-red cherries gives you about 7.6-13.8% of the recommended daily amount, but I bet most of us can’t just stop at one when it comes to sweet cherries.

Raw, or Liquid?

To get the best out of cherries, eat them raw and whole (and spit out the pit!) However, if you don’t like the mess of cherry juice (which is an impressive stainer) and find it expensive to get the fruit, you can grab a bottle of our Cherry Vinegar.

Our Cherry Chardonnay Vinegar is produced naturally using fresh cherries from Marble Hill Cherries’ own farm in Adelaide Hills, South Australia and chardonnay made from local South Australian grapes. It takes a gentle patient process to produce a smooth, mildly sweet and natural vinegar.

Some people love a spoonful neat to start the day while others use it in salads and cooking. No matter which way you take it, it is always refreshing.

Visit to The Farms

It is always nice to visit our producers and see what they have on-site. They’re a drive out of Adelaide in different directions but are worth the trips.

The first was out to the Wylie family’s Pendleton Estate distribution centre to see and taste their wide range of products.

Samples in the farm shed
Samples in the farm shed

Tasting Colours

This was followed by a visit to Annette Ferris’ Buzz Honey Hive Door visitors’ centre that showcase the various honey collected by their honeybees.

Tools of the trade for honey extraction
Tools of the trade for honey extraction
Honeycomb Cross Section
Honeycomb Cross Section

It was wonderful to see where the products we sell came from and how they were made. We’re glad that these local farmers are working together with us to bring their creations out from the farms to the rest of the world.