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Naturally Healthy spring 2016

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NATURALLY HEALTHY www.gourmetnews.com n MARCH 2016 n GOURMET NEWS N H 1 0 0 Fresh Origins Herb Crystals Habanero a Blast of Sweet Heat Habanero is Fresh Origins newest flavor in their lineup of Herb Crystals ® , Flower Crys- tals ® and Fruit Crystals ® . They are zesty and crunchy with just the right amount of heat and sweetness. This all-natural orange-col- ored flavor Crystal has an authentic fresh pepper flavor-kick that will add excitement to any food from sweet to savory, including salads, meats, seafood, pastry, fresh fruit, gelato and chocolate. What a great way to ac- tivate our pain receptor pathways to cause a release of feel-good endorphins! "I love the Herb Crystals not only for their vibrant flavor but also for the unique texture they impart to my desserts," said Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini. Herb Crystals and Flower Crystals are an innovative original concept from Fresh Ori- gins. With dazzling, all-natural colors, an ex- citing crunch and incredible flavors of fresh flowers and herbs, these are spectacular new flavor ingredients. The pure color and flavor comes only from the fresh whole herbs and flowers with no added flavors, preservatives or coloring. They are Kosher Certified. It starts by growing the most flavorful fresh herbs, and edible flowers. These are care- fully hand harvested at the peak of flavor and color content, then combined with pure cane sugar to create these beautiful and flavorful crystals. They taste amazing and will add an enticing, distinctive finishing touch to any culinary creation from desserts to savory dishes and even beverages. Add color, tex- ture and flavor to salads, fresh fruit and chocolates. For mixology, these crispy granules with their concentrated flavors can be dis- solved in any cocktail for a touch of garden-fresh taste. They can even be used as a kind of instant, all-natural cocktail mixer: Just shake Crys- tals with components such as water and vodka to create an amazing drink. They can also be heated and melted to create a natu- rally-flavored simple syrup. Another appli- cation is to toss the Crystals into a poured cocktail for the ultimate finishing touch with a sparkling dazzle of color and layer of fla- vor at the bottom of the glass, adding dimen- sion and texture to be savored in the last sip. For tea, these colorful, flavorful Crystals dis- solve readily in tea. Sweeten tea in a distinc- tive and delicious new way. They are available in the following fla- vors: Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Habanero, Fen- nel, Rose, Hibiscus, Cranberry and Pumpkin Spice. They are shelf sta- ble and are best used before six months. They can be frozen for longer shelf life. Fresh Origins is America's lead- ing producer of microgreens and edible flowers. Combining the benefits of an ideal climate with a deep passion for quality and innovation, Fresh Origins products are sought after by the finest restaurants and top chefs. The farm is located in the picturesque rolling hills of San Diego County, where the near-perfect weather allows for production and harvest all year. Fresh Origins produces over 400 Microgreens, Petite™ greens, Edi- ble Flowers, Shoots, Tiny Veggies™, Crys- tals and related items. Fresh Origins products are on top of the finest cuisine in the world. For more information, go to www. freshorigins.com or stop by booth #5354. Crofter's Food Ltd.: More Than Just Great Taste from Source to Spread Over the past 27 years, Crofter's has become one of the largest manufacturers of organic reduced-sugar fruit spreads and preserves, but with every jar Crofter's is looking to sat- isfy more than just jam lovers taste buds. With the rise of more big food corporations, GMOs and increasing usage of pesticides and herbicides, today's consumer is more concerned about clean ingredients, trans- parency and traceability than ever before. Today, all of Crofter's products are certi- fied USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Ver- ified, gluten-free and BPA-free. "Most companies do 20 percent organic and the rest is conventional production — we're 100 per- cent organic output," said Gerhard Latka, President of Crofter's. The company is a leader in product visi- bility, and committed to traceability in raw material sourcing by working with organiza- tions such as the Non-GMO Project, Quality Assurance International for organic certifi- cation and NSF for food safety. In-house quality controls are unparalleled. Using the latest technology like the High Performance Liquid Chromatograph with Dual Mass Spectrometer Crofter's tests organic raw ma- terials for the absence of over 450 of the most commonly used pesticides and herbi- cides down to 0.003 ppm. Food safety audits are also a requirement in today's market- place. Crofter's quality management system meets the requirements for SQF Level 2 Global Food Safety Initiative. Particular Ingredients, Premium Products The company's fruit spreads all start with top-notch quality ingredients. "We're very particular about every single ingredient that goes into our fruit products. The organic blueberries are harvested near Lac St. John, Quebec. We also use her- itage fruit varieties like Senga Sen- gana strawberries, Williamette raspberries and Morello cherries for full flavor profiles that are dark and vibrant in color," Latka said. Crofter's has also partnered with organizations such as the Green Cane Proj- ect, which promotes sustainable sugarcane production, from soil preparation, planting and pest control to processing. The Green Cane Project sugar is also Rainforest Al- liance certified and fair trade certified. "We're proud to use sugar from a source that's truly making a difference," says Latka. Meeting Consumer Demand Crofter's continues the push for organic and premium ingredients in the company's newest phase of expansion. "We're adding a brand-new state-of-the-art 60,000-square- foot production plant which will nearly triple our current capacity" said Latka. From the local level to national retail and global food supply chain, Crofter's stands out as a leader in a fairly small market. "We sell products under our own brand name and we do a lot of private labeling for many top supermarket chains. We're sort of a big fish in a small pond and jam isn't a large category or one that's growing," explained Latka. People aren't necessarily eating more jam, but they are choosing more nutritious prod- ucts with less sugar, organic and traceable in- gredients. "The way we're keeping up with the large national corporations is by putting an emphasis on our 100 percent organic out- puts and doing more good with our prod- ucts," says Latka. Whatever fruit consumers fancy, Crofter's Food Ltd. is serving it up in a jar that's jam packed with reasons to feel good about what's inside. For more information, visit www. croftersorganic.com , call 705.746.6301, email crofters@vianet.ca or stop by booth #3021. Lékué Presents New Deep Steam Case for Cooking Healthy Meals in Minutes Lékué presents the Deep Steam Case de- signed for cooking healthy foods such as shellfish, stews, soups and vegetables. The Deep Steam Case is a microwave pot, which offers a faster, nutritious way to prepare meals. Steam cooking in the microwave is healthier for two reasons: it maintains more of the foods' nutrients and it requires little or no fat. The Deep Steam Case is made from 100 percent premium platinum silicone and with- stands temperatures from -76°F – 428°F. This is the same silicone that is used for baby bottle nipples and medical tubes. The prod- uct is food-safe and odor- and stain-resistant. The Deep Steam Case, available in green or red, is sold in two sizes: a 1-2 portion size and 3-4 portion size. The smaller size is 8.5- inches long, 6-inches wide and 3.3-inches tall. It holds 17-ounces and retails for $30. The large steam case is 10- inches long, 8-inches wide and 4.5-inches tall. It holds 1 quart. The large Deep Steam Case includes an easy to follow, 4-color cookbook: One Pot Cook- ing. The retail price for the two items together is $40. "In each corner of the globe, cooking methods and ingredients are constantly changing so Lékué works day in day out to provide solutions for healthy, quick cook- ing," explains Tara Steffen, Marketing Di- rector for Lékué USA. "In order to explore the benefits, Lékué has carried out an intense research program with the Alícia Foundation (www.alicia.cat), which has led to the creation of a full range of products. The Deep Steam Case was a result of this research and is one of the Company's favorites." Lékué offers a 10-year warranty on its products. For more information, visit www.lekueusa. com or stop by booth #H524. Monograno Felicetti Brings Delicious Pasta from the Mountains of Italy The Monograno Felicetti Pasta Company, family-owned and founded in 1908, is situ- ated in a uniquely pristine setting nestled at the base of the Dolomites, three thousand feet in altitude, near the Aviso River. Located in the town of Predazzo, in the heart of the magnificent Fiemme Valley in Italy's Trentino region, this is an area energized by the surrounding peaks. Its distinctive geo- graphic position allows the Felicetti com- pany to create pasta using clean stream water dried in pure unpolluted mountain air. Besides its traditional award-winning ar- tisan pasta line, Felicetti has recently intro- duced Monograno Felicetti, a line of pasta featuring specific terroir with flours from ex- clusive, 100 percent organic ancient grains. Monograno Felicetti is the world's only pasta made with mono-origin grains: Farro, Kho- rasan-Kamut ® and Matt, a specialty durum wheat. Each box of this unique terroir pasta can be traced back to a specific or- ganic field, creating pasta that is exceptionally aromatic, de- liciously nutty with fabu- lously firm texture that carries a superior mouth-feel. This innovative product is bronze die-cut, certified USDA Organic and non-GMO, has superior nutritional value and three times the fiber of conventional pasta, is 30 percent higher in protein content and is kosher certi- fied. For the Felicetti family and staff, it is a privilege to live and work in one of Europe's most beautiful high-altitude landscapes. They are proud to be part of a com- munity that transforms the harshness and chal- lenges of its mountain home into valuable resources. The environ- ment is a gift, acknowledged with the com- mitment always to act with respect for its magnificence. For more information, visit www.felicetti.it/en.

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