We are acutely aware of Australia's concerns about COVID-19 as announcements increase about the risks of public gatherings. In our immediate area, this means the cancellation of the lovely Handmade Canberra market next weekend 21-22 March. This is understandable and disappointing for us and our customers. It seems an opportune time to remind us all about the established general health benefits of black garlic and to wish everyone good health at this difficult time.
At the outset, let's be crystal clear: there is NO evidence garlic or black garlic has prevented acquiring COVID-19 (despite some of the claims on the web). There is however reputable evidence about the general daily health benefits from eating garlic, and black garlic in particular. It is easier to eat black garlic daily (rather than fresh garlic with its pungent odour and harsh gastric effects). Black garlic can be eaten as a daily treat, perhaps under your poached eggs or eaten as a daily clove to boost wellness.
So what are the benefits?
§BIG flavour (soft & sweet) that’s healthy
§10x the antioxidants of raw garlic* with anti-inflammatory effects
§Reduces Blood Pressure*
§No Garlic Breath
§Anti-allergy* – reduces the physiology of allergic responses
Reference: *Kimura S. et al “Black Garlic: A Critical Review of it’s Production, Bioactivity & Application”. The Journal of Food & Drug Analysis. 2017:25;62-70.
You can read more here (Kimura paper) and on our review of the science of black garlic. We offer bulk tubs of unpeeled black garlic cloves, perfect for your daily health boost.
It has been a thrill to be part of the inaugural Farmers2Founders business bootcamp for the last 3 months. This initiative, funded by several Research Development Corporations, aims to focus on producer-led solutions in food and agtech. Eight businesses from across the country were involved - not only have we had industry expert leadership but also developed great supportive relationships with other farmers looking to value-add. The final event was a pitch night in Melbourne - although nerve racking was great motivation to think very clearly about our business goals. Thanks to everyone involved - you can read more here.
There are several styles of programs - you don't need a fully fledged business. The Ideas Program encourages the exploration of a very early concept to explore viability and next steps. Please let us know if you would like to know more
Congratulations Troy on taking over Duck Duck Goose - Troy is refocusing Duck Duck Goose on gourmet food and yes, he stocks our black garlic range! The store is in a beautiful building in Kyneton. Hope this all goes well for you Troy.
So exciting to see resilient people get moving faced with adversity. In the last week, Grace Brennan, based in Warren NSW, has launched a campaign to support rural businesses, under the hashtag #buyfromthebush. Yesterday, they hit 50,000 followers. Their Instagram page has a wonderful spread of smart rural businesses doing great things in all corners of Australia. This is a tangible support for Australian rural business in times of drought and is reaping immediate rewards. Well done Grace.
In Braidwood NSW, we may not think of ourselves as remote - we are after all one hour from the nation's capital! This week we were reminded though that our retail customers are facing significant downturn, quiet main streets and limited disposable income in their community. Talking to a beautiful gourmet foodstore in western Victoria, it was clear that they had no capacity to buy new stock at all, until the rain comes. We are all interconnected in our endeavours, and perhaps this Christmas you can make a mission of "buying from the bush"! You wont need to face the mall crowds and will access fantastic gifts from talented people. Get shopping
Great to chat with Shannon this week at Hill Street Grocer Lauderdale - she was instantly interested in stocking our black garlic range and supplies are on their way! Look out for cloves and powders in their gorgeous store and add the fabulous umami flavour to your pantry
Don't miss out on your black food supplies. Black garlic has a lovely black sheen with a rich umami flavour. Get some for your Halloween party cheese board - we hear black garlic is a favourite with vampires so all good for Halloween. In that spirit we are offering 10% off until Halloween - just use HALLOWEEN on checkout.
Learn more about Halloween traditions at this terrific site: http://mentalfloss.com/article/58341/origins-15-spooky-halloween-traditions
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At Food Service & Hospitality Brisbane recently, the locals all said to get our range into The Bardon Shed and they were right. Thanks Pip for smoothing the way and Leesa for taking us on. We look forward to good times together selling fabulous healthy food to Brisbane.
Thanks Cafe Woodworks Bungendore for supporting a local business like our. Great to see our black cloves and black garlic white balsamic dressing on your shelves. Looking forward to a fabulous summer together!
Congratulations to Monaco's in Camberwell celebrating their 45th year trading as a family-owned genuine delicatessen. Their customers love the depth of cheeses, meats and deli goods they can source there. Now they can also access our black garlic cloves. Thanks for taking us on and here is to 45 more years of family business.
Thanks to the NSW Government for sponsoring us to Fine Food Australia - a great experience making lots of terrific contacts that we now will follow-up. A little giggle along the way was Cathy pretending to do a cooking demonstration at the Innovation Kitchen - thankfully an easy cook of steak with black garlic, pont neuf potatoes with black garlic powder and green leaves with our beautiful black garlic white balsamic dressing. Check it out here!