Did you see us in Taste Magazine?

What an exciting start to the year we’ve had!

Towards the end of last year we were approached by New Zealand Taste Magazine to do an article on our farm and our blackcurrant powder. The crew came down one slightly chilly day back in November and spent the afternoon doing a photo shoot around the farm. Once the shoot was over, our good friend and local chef Miles Drewery and his wife Steph came over to cook us all a fabulous blackcurrant-themed three course dinner. Delicious!

 

Taste Magazine’s chef Tracey Sunderland also contributed to the evening by treating us to her own blackcurrant-themed fare. We were truly spoiled!

If you’re looking for ways to include Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder into your cooking – try Tracey’s Pretty-in-pink marshmallows…or for something with a savoury twist, try Miles’ blackcurrant-cured salmon. Yum!

Our huge thanks go to Tracey and Miles for for their delicious food and recipes, and to Taste’s photographer, Vanessa Lewis, for taking such beautiful photographs of the farm and the food.

If you didn’t catch the article in the January/February Issue of Taste Magazine, you can download it in full here or visit Taste Magazine online, where you’ll find a whole range of articles and delicious recipes to tempt you into the kitchen.

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Scientific support grows for blackcurrants’ sport nutrition benefits.

A recent paper produced by British Exercise Physiology Professor Professor Mark Willems and his team at the University of Chichester, strengthens the scientific evidence that our very own New Zealand blackcurrants show huge potential when it comes to sports and exercise nutrition.

Following some reported anecdotal evidence surrounding the benefits of blackcurrants within elite athletic circles, Professor Willems and his team decided to investigate further. New Zealand blackcurrants are already well know for their high levels of anthocyanins, and scientific evidence is growing to support a range of other benefits – including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Trial results found overall that the athletes experienced improved time trial performance, enhanced fat oxidation, lower lactate response, and experienced post-exercise benefits including enhanced blood flow and lower lactate levels.

To test his theory, Professor Willems conducted a double-blind trial on a group of trained athletes. (Double blind trials are ones in which neither the researchers nor the patients know what they are getting, and for this reason are often considered to achieve a higher standard of scientific rigour.) The purpose of the trial was to examine whether the use of NZ blackcurrants would alter physiological and metabolic responses during exercise and after exercise. Trial results found overall that the athletes experienced improved time trial performance, enhanced fat oxidation, lower lactate response, and experienced post-exercise benefits including enhanced blood flow and lower lactate levels.

More information on the trial, its process and results can be found here.

 

First published in The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Winter, issue 50. Published by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences – www.bases.org.uk

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Zeaberry Blackcurrant Stockists!

Some of our stockists supporting Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder

We have the support of some great New Zealand businesses, find out where you can buy our Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder!

 

 

Access Mobility – Richmond, Nelson

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Both indoors and out, Access Mobility have the solution for you-from Kitchen aides, personal care and bathroom products through to electric wheelchairs and scooters. We look forward to helping you enhance your life style and keep you moving!

 

 

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Raeward Fresh – Richmond, Nelson

The Ultimate place to shop for great value fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.

 

 

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Benge and Co Green Grocers, Richmond and Nelson

We believe everyone deserves the finest, freshest fruit and vegetables – whatever your budget!

 

 

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New Zealand Health Food Co, Christchurch

Prides itself in selling quality supplements NZ trusted by thousands of customers worldwide for their health products and skincare.

 

 

 

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The Country Kitchen – Tapawera, Nelson

Country Cooking and Baking, Smoked Goods, Cheeses, Salads and Gifts.

 

If you would like to stock Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder please contact us at sales@zeaberry.co.nz

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Blackcurrants are good for your brain!

Fantastic to see the research  which has recently come out about blackcurrants and brain function.

NZ Blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile. This could help with accuracy, attention and mood.

Click on the link below to view the research carried out by Plant and Food, which talks about stress and anxiety as well as Parkinson’s Disease. It makes for very interesting reading!

Plant and Food Blackcurrant Research.

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Struggling with healthy eating ideas?

Blackcurrant recipes for all the family to enjoy

Blackcurrants are a renowned super food with a long list of health benefits. Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder can be used in many recipes. We’ve come up with a few recipe ideas to get you started,using both frozen and Blackcurrant powder.

Blackcurrant muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen blackcurrants         
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4  cup of sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Method

Beat the eggs, sugar , oil and milk together , lightly fold the dry  ingredients then gently fold the berries.

Spoon in to a greased muffin tray and bake at 220c  for 15-20 mins.

*As an alternative, to replace 1/4 cup sugar with a large grated apple.

 

Superfood Smoothie

Ingredientsserving-suggestions

  • 1/2 cup Blackcurrants or (1 tsp Zeaberry blackcurrant powder)

  • 1/2 frozen banana

  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder(we like the flavour of the powder from O2B Healthy)

  • 250mls Wangapeka Dairy Milk Kefir (dairy free option use a low sugar apple juice,we use Mill Orchard)

Method

Wiz up in a smoothie maker or blender!!

If you don’t have Milk Kefir- which is a probiotic cultured milk product use natural Greek yoghurt.

Many Thanks to The Country Kitchen,Tapawera Nelson for sharing this recipe.

 

 

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Ingredients

  • Porridge oats
  • Milk
  • Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder

Method

Make your usual bowl of porridge and add a teaspoon of Blackcurrant powder.  Add honey to sweeten if required.  Kids love it!

 

There are three main varieties of blackcurrants grown in New Zealand.Each had it’s own distinctive flavour profile.

Zeaberry have chosen Ben Ard for its high levels of antioxidants and Vitamin C and also it’s profile:

sweet acidity,herbaceous,richest colour.

 

Some more suggestions on how to use Blackcurrants:

Gelato, salads, salsa, ice cream, jus to use with lamb,beef,venison,pork and duck.

Blackcurrants are very versatile and you are only limited by your imagination!!Sweet, Savoury and everything in between.

 

 

If you have any blackcurrant based recipes we’d love to hear from you – email us and we can share them in our next newsletter.

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Harness the natural sports enhancing properties of blackcurrants

Did you know that the humble blackcurrant could significantly improve your performance in sport? And not just your performance – your recovery too.

In recent years much research has been done into the many benefits blackcurrants. Roger Hurst from the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited has been a part of this. His research article Sports Performance and Recovery – the Science, convincingly concludes that blackcurrant berries enhance the natural benefits of exercise.

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So how do blackcurrants help with sport?

According to latest research they contain properties whichrunner

  • Reduce muscle and joint damage and pain
  • Reduce your recovery time
  • Allow you to train longer/harder
  • Enhance your overall performance
  • Help to control stress

At Zeaberry we have been aware of the health benefits of our berries from the outset, and are confident enough in their ability to help athletes that we sponsor one! Meet Matthew Lambert, who takes Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder on a daily basis. Matthew is a middle distance runner and uses the powder to reduce stress on his muscles and joints, as well as enhancing his performance.

Peak performance doesn’t occur without a base of consistent hard training. As a competitive middle distance runner,recovery from training sessions and races is a key focus of a successful program. Since regularly using Zeaberry Blackcurrant powder,there has been a notable improvement in my body’s ability to absorb a greater volume of training with fewer niggles and illnesses along the way. Zeaberry Blackcurrant Powder is now a regular component of my training program,allowing me to meet the demands of a busy lifestyle the natural way.

So if you are looking for a completely natural product to enhance your sporting performance, why not try our blackcurrant powder? With the numerous additional health benefits it provides, you can’t  go wrong.

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Find us on Facebook!

Zeaberry is getting social – with the launch of our new Facebook page.

We’ll be keeping you up to date with our products, the farm… and perhaps the odd promotional offer or two!

So head over to Facebook and like our page to make sure you don’t miss out. Find us at Zeaberry.

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The Harvest is in!


Finally, after some long, hard days (and nights), the berries are in. It has been a long, dry summer – drier than we can all remember for a very long time – but we’re confident we have some beautiful fruit harvested, freeze-dried and already on its way to becoming our premium blackcurrant powder product.

Take a look at how the harvest went…

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