Monthly archives "October 2006"

Basil, the king of herbs

After the mention last week of the benefits of raw honey, I was pleased to find out that this week we can offer a new honey supplier to complement our existing offering – Kleinjongenskraal. They’re supplying raw honey from their farm in Citrusdal, as well as raw honey with the comb.

The basil pesto is proving popular, but how many of you know the remarkable story of the herb behind it all? Legend has it that it grew above the spot St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross. Its name comes from the Greek word basileus, meaning king, and is still referred to as the king of herbs for this reason. In Italy basil was seen as a symbol of love, and in India as an icon of hospitality. But it’s not just a folktale. It’s a highly nutritious herb too, with excellent quantities of vitamin K, and very good quanities of iron, calcium and vitamin A. The oils in basil are purported to protect against many pathogens, including one that’s a common cause of diarrhea, and some of which are showing resistance to commonly-used antibiotics.

We’d like to remind you too that the available products change throughout the period the site is open. There are usually items available on Friday that sell out quickly, and sometimes (as we hope will be the case this week), there’ll be more goods added to the site when they arrive. You can login as many times as you want until the site closes on Monday – your old order will always appear, and you can make any changes you like to it.

Please note that there’s no Saturday Noordhoek market this week. Instead it’s the Noordhoek Country Fair on Sunday. This is always a great event and bound to have a great range of organic products on offer, so do pay it a visit if you’re in the area.

To order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za

Be Well,
Support Organic

The Co-op team

Pollen allergies, bananas and the future of food

With spring closing in on summer, what could be better than a pasta on the porch for lunch. We have a great range of pasta from Pasta Regalo. For those who don’t enjoy or can’t tolerate wheat or gluten, there’s also rye, spelt and buckwheat pasta available. And, to go along with the pasta, a new range of products this week: pesto from Burchells Gourmet Africa Foods. We’ve started by offering a standard basil pesto, a sun-dried tomato and cashew, and a more adventurous coriander chilli and cashew variety.

Spring also means allergy season, and a suggested treatment for pollen allergies is to eat a small amount of unprocessed honey each day, produced from the same plants that trigger the allergies. We don’t have any honey from the Peninsula, but we are offering unprocessed honey from Bloublommetjies farm, in Wellington.

The beady-eyed may notice bananas on the site again. We trust the truck will arrive this time! Apologies again to all those who were disappointed last week.

And there’s more disappointment for those who’ve enjoyed Continental Bakery’s breads to date. Their baker has disappeared, so we’re unable to offer their breads. Luckily we still have two fine sources of bread – Camphill Bakery supply an organic, biodynamically grown Hearth Loaf, as well as a Rye loaf, while Organic Alive offer a range of raisin breads, spelt breads and whole-wheat breads.

For those who haven’t yet seen it, I strongly suggest seeing the Future of Food, a documentary showing at the Labia on Sunday (22nd) at 6.15 pm, Monday at 8.30 and Tuesday at 8.30 pm. It investigates the disturbing disturbing issues behind the unlabelled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled particularly U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. Sadly the situation here is not much better. Please book early to avoid disappointment. There will be a discussion afterwards.

Apologies also to those who were disappointed at the markets last week – we had a bit of a supply crunch! There are two markets this week, Saturday at 9am, and hopefully there will be more on offer:
* Hout Bay: Library Foyer
* Noordhoek: Garden Emporium, Chapmans Peak drive

To order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za

Be Well,
Support Organic

The Co-op team

Journey to Wild Divine, organic sugar

This week week we offer a new product that’s a little different. A computer game. For some the term may conjure up dystopian visions of massacring alien hordes, but not this game. Called ‘The Journey to Wild Divine’, it comes equipped with sensors that track your body’s heart rate variability and skin conductance, and in the course of performing game tasks such as juggling balls, lighting a fire or levitating a person with your mind, you’ll learn breathing and meditation skills that will help you reduce stress and increase your physical and mental health.

We recently received a query about non-organic sugar in some of our preserves and jams. We contacted our suppliers, and happily can report that the next batch of both Camphill Farm and Elgin Organics preserves will use organic sugar. All stock should be converted by the end of the year. In the meantime we’re updating our labelling to reflect this.

News from Camphill Dairy is that they’re discontinuing their carob yoghurt. They’ve noted that the carob, over time, is affecting the quality of the yoghurt. We’ve only got four left, so you’ll need to order quickly to get some. If you do miss out, why not order a plain yoghurt and mix in a small amount of Rapunzel’s organic carob powder when serving. Though you’ll have to move quickly on these too. Camphill have also reported that they’re aware of the problems with some of their other yoghurts. It’s apparently a seasonal issue, and they apologise to those who were disappointed. Any affected customers will be credited.

We’ve also received some queries about how credits work, and what happens if an item you ordered is not delivered. This can happen quite frequently, as many of our goods are delivered fresh from the farm based upon our orders, and all sorts of natural and unnatural things can happen to prevent everything from getting to us. We will credit you for anything not delivered, and the amount will come off your account balance, meaning you can pay less for your next order. You can always click to view your full statement just below the menu on your order form, so you’ll know exactly where you stand at any time.

A reminder about the markets, from 9am on Saturdays:

* City: Vanilla Café, 117 Hatfield Road
* Hout Bay: Library Foyer
* Noordhoek: Garden Emporium, Chapmans Peak drive

To order, head on over to www.ethical.org.za