Organic

Cashew Coconut Truffles

Raw Cacao and cashews go amazing together in this simple and versatile recipe for truffles.  You can substitute any nut (almonds, pecans, etc.) for the cashews, and instead of rolling in coconut, try rolling in pistachios or cacao nibs!  In addition, you could add lemon or orange zest for a citrus twist.

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder
  • (Or substitute cacao powder with ½ cup carob powder)  
  • ½ cup coconut palm nectar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder

Directions:

Food process the cashews until finely ground.  In a large bowl, mix the cashews, cacao powder and salt. In another bowl, add the shredded coconut by itself.  Add the coconut nectar and coconut oil to the cashews until thoroughly combined.  Form into small balls, and then roll the balls in the coconut.  Serve as is, or refrigerate/freeze before serving. 

Coconut palm syrup or nectar

Coconut palm syrup comes directly from the blossoms of Indonesian coconut trees (Cocos nucifera).

It is made by evaporating coconut nectar from tropical palm flowers. While it looks similar to other liquid sweeteners, coconut palm syrup has not been chemically altered or enhanced in any way, making it a pure, natural, whole food sweetener.

Coconut palm nectar has a low glycemic index (GI) measurement of 35 (compare to cane sugar's 50). The low GI makes it an ideal natural sweetener for diabetics, those interested in weight loss, or anyone simply looking for a healthier alternative to standard sweeteners.

Coconut palm nectar contains:-

  • vital minerals like potassium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc and iron
  • vitamins C, B3, B6, B1 and B2
  • 25% more potassium than bananas! 


Simple to use, coconut palm nectar dissolves easily in liquids and can be used 1:1 to other sweeteners such as agave nectar.

It has a full, unique, delightful caramel taste. Try adding 1 tsp to any beverage or elixir you wish to sweeten. Plus, check out this easy and delicious recipe for Cashew Coconut Truffles!

Also try coconut plam sugar.

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Yacon Syrup Low GI Prebiotic

Yacon (YAH-CONE) is an Andean plant that is a distant relative of the sunflower.  Yacon is unique because of its composition of carbohydrates.  Most roots have a large amount of carbohydrates that the body recognizes as sugar (glucose).

Yacon, however, is a superstar due to it being a natural source of fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

Yacon acts as a pre-biotic and thereby helps the intestines to function efficiently and eliminate toxins and waste products from the body. It strengthens and activates the good bacilli like L acidophilus and B bifidum which in turn helps enhance our immune systems and helps suppress putrefactive pathogens such as Candida albicans.

 

It has these qualities because it’s comprised of long-chain complex sugars known as Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are not absorbed and digested in the same way as short-chain simple sugars. FOS acts as a pre-biotic in humans, which means that it travels to the intestinal tract and provides food material for the pro-biotic bacteria there which work as part of our healthy digestive system. We all need probiotics to digest and assimilate food and thus gain nutrition. Prebiotics such as Yacon Syrup provide a good environment for probiotics to grow. Think of it like soil in a field: you can plant a seed in any field, but for it to grow and flourish, the soil must be of good quality. Yacon is an example of the quality “soil” which probiotics require. Many people take anti-biotics for medicinal purposes, meaning that our probiotics are constantly getting run down. If you have good sources of prebiotic material in your diet, then you’re going to create a really healthy environment for the probiotic bacteria to thrive. This is why Yacon Syrup is probably the healthiest sweetener out there.

 

Yacon is a useful sweet food for diabetics because its carbohydrates are stores in the form in inulin, which releases into the bloodstream slowly. Yacón has proven useful in preventing the following conditions:

  • Acne 
  • Colon disease 
  • Constipation 
  • Diabetes 
  • Low immune system 
  • Poor gastrointestinal health 
  • Obesity 
  • Osteoporosis

 

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Mesquite

Mesquite (MESS-KEET) is a leguminous tree that makes its home in some of the driest climates on Earth.

Mesquite is a traditional Native American food that has been used for centuries as a reliable source of nutrients in the harshest of climates.

Mesquite boasts:-

  • impressive protein content
  • solid variety of minerals
  • high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur
  • potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine
  • low GI of 25 helps maintain stable blood sugar levels
  • Mesquite flour not only stabilises blood sugar but it also tastes great: sweet with a slightly nutty wild flavour and a hint of caramel. It blends well into smoothies or other drinks, especially those made with Cacao and Maca. 

Mesquite's combination of calcium and magnesium make it a great food for bone health.

Mesquite powder is made by grinding up the seed pods from the tree into a fine meal. Our certified organic, raw mesquite powder is dried at low temperatures and gently ground into a fine powder. It has a sweet, rich, molasses-like flavor with a hint of caramel which blends well into smoothies or other drinks, especially those made with cacao and maca.

When used in baking, the mesquite bean flour is used in combination with other flours – substitute ¼ cup-to-½ cup mesquite flour in each cup grain flour. Mesquite bean flour is used in breads, pancakes, muffins, cakes and even cookies

More info on Mesquite via Wiki Its invasive considered a weed!

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Penna Organics First Tasmanian Organic Olive Oil

Penna Organics produce a range of seasonal certified organic

  • Vegetables - we love their mescalin salad mix
  • Myrtus Berries
  • Olives
  • & now Olive Oil

 

Penna Organics' certified organic olives are grown in the dolerite soil on the north facing slopes of the Penna Valley in south eastern Tasmania.

The olives produce an appealing full-bodied, robust extra virgin olive oil with a peppery finish.

It is enjoyable with pasta dishes, crusty  bread and in general cooking.

The oil is conventionally cold pressed from certified organic Tasmanian olives.

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Tielka Tea Fair Trade Organic Australian

Who Are Tielka?


Australia's first certified Fairtrade organic loose leaf tea collection and a 100% Australian owned family business.


What do they do?


Fresh certified Fairtrade tea and certified organic tea (loose leaf!) from artisan tea farmers, next-to-none quality and vibrancy of flavour, abundance of tea-goodness and nutrients.


Waht can you expect?


there’s that moment…


That bubble of excitement, a glee of childish anticipation and the teapot is already itching to be switched on. Pouches of gorgeous, unexpected flavours and colours begging to be tossed with water in a pot of glass, it’s done in minutes, the couch is waiting and there you have it.


 


Indulge in Life – that’s from us to you.


 


Advice on Tea Brewing from Tielka


How do I make the best pot of tea?


Three elements will make or break a nice pot of tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and length of brewing.


Simply put:



  • for a stronger, astringent brew, use more leaves, a higher temperature and brew for longer

  • for a weaker, subtle brew, use less leaves, a lower temperature and brew for less time

How much tea should I use?


Use 1 gram for every 200ml (1tspn / cup)


How long should the tea brew?


Brew for approximately 3 minutes (remove leaves after 3 minutes!) – for subsequent brews, add one minute extra (second brew: 4 minutes, third brew: 5 minutes)


What about water temperature?


White, yellow, green and oolong teas are delicate!!! Do not pour boiling water on these teas – add 1 part cold to every 3-4 parts boiling before your pour water on your tea leaves! (Refer instructions on your packaging.)


The golden rule:


NEVER POUR BOILING WATER ON GREEN TEA (unless you like horribly bitter tea, yuck!)… green leaves are very delicate and boiling water will destroy the flavour, leaving you with a bitter brew


Can I re-use my tea leaves?


YES! Tielka teas are so fresh they can be re-used three times (in one sitting). In China, it is commonly said that the second infusion is the best! Simply re-fill your pot and wait an extra minute for each subsequent brew. (To note: green tea is best drunk fresh – make smaller quantities and re-use straight away to get the best flavour.)


 

Tamar Valley Walnuts Fresh in stock

This year Tamar Valley Organic walnuts are superb!

  •  With large size
  • beautiful creamy white flesh 
  • they are delicious with any meal:
    • with cereal or pancakes
    • in salads or pasta dishes
    • in cakes and biscuits

 

After several years experimentation we have perfected the drying of the walnuts.  

Most larger scale operations dry the nuts quickly with heat, which can adversely affect the oil in the nuts.

At Tamar Valley Organic we dry the nuts over about 10 days so the health benefits of the omega 3 essential fatty acids are preserved and the nuts stay fresh for longer.

Walnuts are good for:

  • the heart
  • brain
  • renowned to enhance the libido!
  • High in Vitamin E walnuts are good for your skin
  • they are said to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing qualities if eaten daily.

 

When you buy the nuts in shell they will keep for well over a year if stored in a cool dry place.  Cracked walnuts can go rancid after a few months so keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Summary of the Benefits of Organic Food from OFA

From the introduction to the Paper

 

Organic Food – A Summary of the Multiple Health Benefits

Andre Leu, 06-12-2011
Chair, Organic Federation of Australia
President, International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
andreleu.al@gmail.com

Introduction

There continues to be considerable debate about the health benefits of Organic Foods. Pesticide residues and nutrition are the two key reasons that consumers use for making purchase of organic products.

.................................................Read the full paper here

Conclusion

The credible Meta studies on nutrition values of organic food and health implications of the pesticide residues in conventional food clearly point to the benefits of organic food.

 

Read the full paper here.

http://www.ofa.org.au/papers/Organic-Foods-A-summary-of-benefits.pdf

Consumer Choice - Best National Organic Retailer 2011 & 2nd place 2012

National Organic Week 2011

Consumer Choice Awards

CITY ORGANICS


 Winner!

 BEST NATIONAL ORGANIC RETAILER !

'NOW' celebrated its fourth year, and 2011 has been bigger and better than ever before.
National Organic Week 2011 is promoted by the Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE) in collaboration with Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA). 
It's that one week in October when you're encouraged to:

Taste the difference
Feel the difference
 Make a difference!  

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