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New Richer Flavor in Stoneridge Covered Berries Still Carries Global History

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(Gerry Furth-Sides) sRicher new flavor” reader the label on the new packages of Dried fruit company Stoneridge Orchards. And it is true.  They are just a bit richer with all the juicy goodness of the fruit inside.  The chocolate is a deep 70% cacao.

With farms and orchards in Washington State, the third-generation grower harvest cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and other premium fruits.  Stoneridge Orchards gives a whole new meaning to “chocolate covered cherries,”  once only thought of as a ultra sweet chocolate box.

Montmorency Cherries are picked at the peak of ripeness and then gently dried. The are lightly dip our delicious fruit in deep, dark chocolate.

Stoneridge Montmorency Cherries dipped in Greek Style Yogurt add a little bit of tang to the fruit flavor.  The quality of the fruit sets them apart.

Other berries include sweet-tart Montmorency Cherries, and Blueberries Dipped in Greek Style Yogurt.  The blueberries dipped in Greek Style Yogurt were the most surprising of all.  The combination with the yogurt enhances their flavor, almost more than eating the berries alone.

Chocolate covered Strawberries are thick and juicy in the form of pebbles from very small to big, fat ones.

The Montmorency Cherry has been considered special since ancient times when elite members of Chinese society enjoyed them. The cherry made its way to Greece from the Black Sea in Asia Minor to Europe before coming to America. It’s triple appeal came in its visually appealing ruby-red coloring and tart, yet sweet taste.

After Roman legionnaires discovered the tart cherries, they traveled with them and introduced them to the rest of Roman territory, planting cherry trees alongside Roman roads.  Roman soldiers also used the fruit for food and the wood to build weapons and repair equipment.

Upon its arrival in the New World, the cherry spread across the country over the centuries.   The most favorable weather patterns dictated that roots favored the 45th parallel because of its most favorable weather patterns. Main cherry growing states include New york, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Michigan. (70% of all tart cherries in the US are grown in the Traverse Bay Farms area of Michigan).

The tree was named for Montmorency, a well-to-do suburb of Paris, France with a long history of notables living in its environs. Montmorency is the most popular sour cherry in the United States and Canada, and is extensively used in cherry pies, jams and preserves.   They are the best partner with venison and also lamb.

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Stonebridge chocolate-covered cherries or chocolate-covered strawberries transform a scoop or two of fruit and ice cream  into a decadent but not overbearing dessert for special occasions a quick afternoon tea.

Montmorency Cherries have health benefits, studied since the last century.   Because of the circulating phenolic acid, cherries have a positive impact on the systolic blood pressure.

The sweet, silky chocolate in the combination is  known to promote a positive state of mood and mind.

The brand also makes undipped dried fruit, including all-natural and organic Cherries.   Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding or Cherry Chocolate Decandence. Its dried mixed berries, cranberries or blueberries are perfect for a bread puddings and the Very Berry Cookie.


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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

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Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.