Moving to Thursday deliveries

A reminder to everyone that next week will be our last Wednesday delivery. From December, we’ll be delivering on Thursdays. We will also be closed for two weeks over New Year, and there will be no deliveries on the 28th December, or the 4th of January.

With December closing in, Cape Town is starting to get that holiday season feel. Most students are already on holiday, and the schools will be releasing everyone for their summer breaks soon. Summer also means summer fruits, and we have loads of apricots (from different farms) as well as peaches, plums and strawberries available this week. Apples and oranges are also still available.

Apricots, which originated in China, contain significant amounts of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. One of the many benefits of Vitamin A is that it lubricates the eyes, which is good news for contact lens wearers. Apricots also contain significant quantities of iron, which is often needed by women, particularly pregnant women.

While there should be ample apricots for everyone, early orderers will once again get a chance to experience the joys of organic shiitake mushrooms. This week we only have 15 punnets available! Remember that you can place an order as soon as you read this (even if it’s just for one punnet of mushrooms!), and then change the order at any time again before the site closes on Monday. We only start to process the orders on Monday afternoon.

A plant that’s slowly gaining popularity is quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wa’). Grown in the Andes, it was revered as the mother of grains by the Incas (although it’s not strictly speaking a grain), and is an extremely good source of protein. Sometimes foods are categorised as ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’ proteins, but this is a misleading term. It’s really the balance of the essential amino acids that determines the quality of a protein, and there isn’t a strict line between ‘complete’ and ‘incomplete’. Quinoa contains significant amounts of all essential amino acids, including lysine, which is low in foods such as rice and wheat. It’s gluten-free and easy to digest, and its reputation as a superfood (it contains much more than just protein) is such that it’s being considered by NASA as food for astronauts on long flights. It can be cooked in a similar way to rice.

We’d like to encourage everyone to please return cardboard boxes to your distributor. Believe it or not this is a significant expense, and we reuse them where possible, and recycle them after they become unusable. We also accept the Camphill 1 litre glass bottles, glass honey jars, and egg boxes.

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The Co-op team

Comments ( 2 )

  1. Jacqui Pitt

    Please could you send me any companies / people who deliver organic food in the Johannesburg - Fourways area Thank you Jacqui

  2. Ian

    Perhaps Urban Sprout’s directory can help you.