Ingredients

Ingredients

Almond Butter

What is Almond Butter? As the name suggests, almond butter is a light brown creamy paste made from either raw or slow roasted almonds that have been ground to release their oils. It can be crunchy or smooth and has a delicate sweet flavour. Good quality almond butter...

read more

Almonds

What are almonds? Almonds are the seeds of the deciduous almond tree. It is native to the Middle East, India and North Africa. Its fruit is around 6cm long and consists of a hard hull with the edible seed, what we know as an almond, in a shell inside. The United...

read more

Brazil Nuts

What are Brazil nuts? Brazil nuts are actually the seeds from inside the fruit of the Bertholletia excelsa tree. This tree grows in the Amazon rainforest. It's huge, reaching heights of around 50m. The fruit, which looks a bit like a coconut, forms high up in the...

read more

Cacao Powder and Nibs

What are cacao powder and cacao nibs? Basically, chocolate. But in its simplest, healthiest and most nutritious form. It’s raw and unprocessed, making it better for you than cocoa powder. Cacao or cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao), generally grow in South America. They...

read more

Cashew butter

What is cashew butter? Cashew butter is a creamy paste with a naturally sweet taste. It's made from roasted or raw cashew nuts that have been ground to a smooth texture to release their oils. Good quality cashew butter contains just cashew nuts and nothing else. But,...

read more

Cashew nuts

What are cashew nuts? Cashew nuts are part of the fruit produced by the tropical evergreen cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale). Quick growing dwarf varieties of the cashew tree have been now been developed. They produce a crop within one year and can be economically...

read more

Chia seeds

What are chia seeds? Chia seeds are small oval seeds with a diameter of around 1mm. They are mottled grey, black, brown and white in colour. They are hydrophilic in nature, which means they absorb around 12 times their weight when soaked in water and develop a...

read more

Coconut oil

What is coconut oil? Coconut oil is the pale golden edible oil extracted from the kernel of coconuts. The kernel is the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree native to tropical regions. The oil is extracted from the coconuts by either dry or wet...

read more

Dates

What are dates? Dates are the edible fruit of the date palm. This is a flowering species of palm tree that grows in arid regions of the world, particularly the Middle East. These palms grow to heights of around 23m and have either a single trunk or several trunks...

read more

Dried apricots

What are dried apricots? Turkey is the largest producer of dried apricots with 82% of the worldwide market. The best apricots (Prunus armeniaca) are grown in the Turkish Malatya region where their dried apricots have a dry matter content of 24–30%. By comparison,...

read more

Dried cherries

What are dried cherries? As the name suggests, they are cherries that have been through a drying process, usually after having their stones removed. They are sometimes sweet and sometimes tart. Sweet varieties include Lambert, Royal Ann, Napoleon, Van or Bing and tart...

read more

Honey

What is honey? In short, a thick, golden liquid produced by honey bees. The bees extract nectar from flowers using their long tongues and store it in their crops. Here it mixes with enzymes that alter its composition to make it more suitable for long-term storage....

read more

Maca powder

What is Maca Powder? Maca is a herbaceous biennial plant native to the Andes in Peru. It is used as a root vegetable and medicinal herb and is sometimes known as Peruvian ginseng. The maca root is an inverted pear shape. That said, its shape and size vary with the...

read more

Maple syrup

What is maple syrup? Maple syrup is generally made from the sap of sugar maple, red maple or black maple trees. During winter, energy is stored as starch in the roots and trunks of the maple tree. This starch is converted to sugar and rises in the sap in early spring....

read more

Oats

What are oats? Oats are the grains of the cereal Avena sativa. They were the most widely grown crop in the UK up until the Second World War. Although their popularity has waned over the last few generations, some of the best oats are still grown in this country. Once...

read more

Peanut butter

What is peanut butter? The peanut plant is a legume with the peanut pods developing underground. Once harvested, the peanuts are usually roasted before being made into peanut butter. Peanut butter is similar to almond butter and cashew butter, being a paste made from...

read more

Pecans

What are pecans? They are the fruit of the deciduous pecan tree, which is a variety of hickory native to Mexico and the southern states of North America. The trees can live for up to 300 years! The pecan itself is surrounded by a husk, which is removed during the...

read more

Pine nuts

What are pine nuts? Firstly, they are not nuts at all. They are the sweet, buttery-tasting seeds found in the cones of around 18 species of pine tree. They grow in Asia, Europe and North America. Most pine nuts take around 18 months to form, but some take up to three...

read more

Protein powder

What is protein powder? As the name suggests, protein powder is an easy and convenient source of high-quality protein. There are three common types – whey, soy and casein. But egg, pea and hemp protein powders are also available. Unless you have a good reason not to...

read more

Pumpkin seeds

What are pumpkin seeds? Pumpkin seeds or pepita are the edible seeds of (surprisingly!) pumpkins or other squashes. They are flat and asymmetrically oval in shape with a whitish outer hull. They are available as either the hulled kernel or the unhulled whole seed....

read more

Raisins

What are raisins? Similar to sultanas, raisins are dried grapes, mainly produced in California, Greece, Australia, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. However, they are darker in colour than sultanas having been dried more slowly. Their colour usually ranges from light...

read more

Sultanas

What are sultanas? Sultanas are dried white or pale green seedless grapes. Usually, they are plump and sweet. They are produced from the Thompson variety of grape and because the drying process is quicker than for raisins they are a lighter colour. Grapes for sultana...

read more

Walnuts

What are walnuts? Firstly, they are not true nuts. They are actually the seeds of either the English walnut tree that originated in Persia or the black walnut tree, which is native to North America. It's generally English walnuts that are grown commercially for eating...

read more