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.
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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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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.
According to latest research they contain properties which
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.
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