Yep, more new things – 5 lines added today to the stock in the shop. 3 were suggested by customers, 1 has been added after Equal Exchange very generously sent me a box of goodies for Fairtrade Fortnight (more on this to come in future blogs and events – watch this space and Facebook!) and one was chosen all by myself!
- Organic Millet – £2.19 for 500g (10% off in our sale until the end of Feb – £1.97)
You can use millet wherever you’d normally use rice and it cooks in a very similar way – boil water with your preferred stock or other flavours and simmer until soft. Millet is hydrating for the colon and will help with cases of constipation. It is a source of serotonin, and can be useful in cases of migraine and heart problems because of its high magnesium levels. It is also a good source of iron.
- Caraway Seeds – 95p for 50g
Another customer suggestion – these can be used for all sorts of sweet and savoury cookery. Not technically seeds, these are the split halves of the dried fruits of a plant that are used as a spice. They grow in East and South East Europe, the Netherlands, North Africa and the USA. They are brown, long, narrow, slightly curved, ridged, and pointed at both ends. They are aromatic and have a distinctive bitter, sharp, nutty taste, with warm, sweet undertones.
- Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate with Lemon Ginger and Black Pepper – £2.49 for 100g bar
This is a lovely bar of chocolate with a many layered taste. It’s suitable for vegans, it’s fairly traded, organic and gluten free. As you eat the chunks, the many different flavours come through in stages and you’re left with a subtle peppery flavour at the end. There’ll be an opportunity to try this chocolate in a taster session during Fairtrade Fortnight at the start of March – watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for full details when they’re announced.
- Suma Organic Jumbo Oats – £2.29 for 750g
These are perfect for breakfast and for cooking – there’s a recipe for flapjacks on the box. Suma is an excellent brand with a first-class reputation for ethics and top quality food. The oats are harvested and milled by a UK based co-operative, 100% owned by its farmers. Oats contain beta-glucan which has been shown to help naturally reduce blood cholesterol as part of a diet low in saturated fat, when combined with a healthy lifestyle.
- Clipper Green Tea bags – £1.89 for 26 bags
Another Fairtrade product arriving in the shop for Fairtrade Fornight at the start of March – these are organic too. Clipper says “All of our organic products are grown in a way that preserves the natural balance of the environment and will help sustain people, wildlife and the land for the future.”