Top 10 Must-Have Ingredients In 2020

Here are all the ingredients you need to introduce to your life in 2020…

1. Bee Pollen

First up on our list is nature’s perfect food also known as Bee Pollen!

Bee Pollen is believed to offer the most comprehensive range of trace elements, minerals including copper, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc, amino acids, and Vitamins including B-complex A, C, D and E. Bee pollen is comprised of approximately 30% protein, 55% carbohydrate, 1% to 2% fat, and 3% minerals, vitamins and trace elements. (It’s to be noted that the composition of Bee Pollen is not static as it depends on the country of origin, time of the year and the plant material the pollen is collected from).

How It’s Made: Our Bee Pollen is produced in the anthers of flowering plants; this fine powder is bound together by the bees with fructose, glucose and their saliva and is used as a source of protein.

Suggested Use:  Bee Pollen can be added to smoothies, sauces and dressings (such as honey mustard dressing) and mixed into breads, cakes and savoury dishes that contain honey. Try stirring into yogurt, sprinkle on breakfast cereal, smoothie bowls and pasta. When dissolved and mixed into lotions, creams and salves, some believe Bee Pollen can sooth eczema and acne.

 

2. Vegetable Seasoning

Going plant-based for the new year or simply trying to eat more veggies is easy when you discover the miracle that is Vegetable Seasoning. (It’s the secret ingredient to getting those vegetable naysayers to LOVE veggies)!

Suggested Use: It may seem obvious but our Vegetable Seasoning is for seasoning veg! It can also be stirred into sauces, dips and marinades for extra flavour.

3. Juniper Berries

There’s a reason Juniper Berries have made it on to our top 10 list and that’s because they’re the key ingredient to making the most popular spirit around, gin!

Fun Fact: Juniper Berries only get their purpley-black colour with a blue waxy coating once ripe!

Suggested Use: Juniper berries have a piney, bitter taste and aroma, they are an ideal ingredient to add to rich gamey dishes containing venison, duck and pheasant. They also work well with pork and lamb, and are excellent when added to dishes such as potato gratin, sauerkraut and pickles. The berries can also be used to make sweet syrups to poach fruit in or to use as a base for a fruit salad. To get the best results, lightly crush juniper berries before adding to a dish to help release their flavour.

4. Activated Charcoal

The jet black ingredient everyone’s trying to get their hands on in 2020 is Activated Charcoal! Researchers suggest that this handy ingredient can benefit skincare and oral health or can simply be used to colour beverages such as lattes.

5. Alleppy Turmeric

It’s all about Turmeric! Let’s face it, every year everyone’s always raving about the bright orange/yellow spice and rightfully so…

The curcumin level of our Turmeric: On average, the curcumin content of Alleppy Turmeric is around 5%; our current batch has an amazing curcumin level of 5.24%!

The difference between Alleppy Turmeric and Turmeric: Alleppy Turmeric is darker in colour than the other turmeric products we stock, which makes it great for colouring foods. It’s flavour more closely resembles that of fresh turmeric and it has a somewhat earthy aroma. The texture can be slightly more oily due to the higher curcumin content, so sieving may be required if you wish to blend with other spices.

Suggested Use: Add this spice to curries, soups, stews, sauces and marinades and any dish you wish to colour yellow such as rice. Turmeric has been used as a substitute for saffron and is one of the traditional ingredients used to give piccalilli its yellow colouring.

6. Chamomile Tea

2020 is the year of self-care and well-being and what better way to take care of yourself than making sure you’re getting enough sleep and relaxing?! That’s where Chamomile Tea comes in…

Suggested Use: When added to other herbs such as Lavender and Hops you can make soothing sleep pillows. Chamomile tea is the perfect end to the day, sweetened with a little honey it can help to aid sleep.

7. Chia Seeds

They may be small but they sure are mighty!

Suggested Use: Chia seeds contain a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, they can be eaten on their own as a snack or added whole to bread, cakes, biscuits and cereals or the seeds can be ground and used as a gluten free flour source. The seeds can also be sprouted and added to salads, soups and sandwiches. In Mexico Chia Seeds are used to make a popular drink called a ‘Fresca’. To make your own add 1 tablespoon of Chia seed to 250ml of water, coconut water or fruit juice and sweeten to taste, let the seeds sit in the liquid for around 10 minutes, give the drink a shake and drink. The seeds can sink to the bottom of the drink so shake the container (with a lid on of course) in-between drinking to evenly distribute the seeds in the drink.

Fun Fact: Chia seeds, like flax seeds, are ‘hydrophilic’ in nature, this means that Chia Seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, forming a thick mucilaginous gel 30 minutes after consumption.

8. Organic Coconut Oil

Your perfect companion in the kitchen for cooking and baking or in the bathroom as a natural moisturiser. Use moderately as an alternative to other oils. We just can’t get enough of this stuff!

9. Organic Bouquet Garni

Never heard of Bouquet Garni? You’ll soon see it popping up everywhere!

Description: Our organic bouquet garni herbs are soil association approved and steam sterilised to maintain their freshness and flavour. The term bouquet garni means ‘garnished bouquet’, usually a garnish visually enhances a dish, but they can be used to enhance the flavour as well which is the purpose of a bouquet garni. Traditionally a bouquet garni consists of a selection of herbs tied together into a bundle or faggot, our bouquet garni blend consists of 4 herbs; thyme, marjoram, bay leaves and parsley which are finely chopped for ease so that they can be added direct to the recipe without the need of removing the herbs.

Suggested Use: Add this herb blend to soups, stews, stocks, sauces, or poaching liquid to give flavour. A traditional ingredient in French dishes including boeuf bourguignon, pot au feu, bouillabaisse and cassoulet. If you prefer not to have tiny pieces of herbs in your finish dish, place the herb blend in a muslin or cheesecloth sachet and tie with string, remove the sachet from the dish prior to serving.

10. Dandelion Coffee

Opt for a more natural caffeine free coffee in the New Year with our Dandelion Coffee!

Suggested Use: To enjoy the full flavour of this coffee, grind required quantity in a coffee grinder and use a percolator or filter machine. Milk and sweetening may be added to taste.

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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