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Organic Kaffir Limes – WOW, These are Amazing!

A while ago I did a story on gold nugget mandarins and when I saw this unknown fruit above, I couldn’t help but think of them because of the similarity of the rind.

And just as I had never seen gold nugget mandarins before, the same was true with these organic kaffir limes.

When I started asking the woman at my local organic market about kaffir limes, she quickly asked “Do you want to try one?”

With a bit of reluctance, I said “Ok, I guess.” After all, eating limes isn’t something that I normally do.

Yet when I bit into it, I was pleasantly surprised.

The kaffir lime didn’t have the sourness or bitterness that most limes do. It was more mild, more refreshing. In fact, after a few small bites, I found myself unable to stop eating it.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t control myself. The woman who cut it open for me jumped at the chance to do it because she knew that she was getting the other half, which was devoured in a split-second and with great enthusiasm.

Apparently, kaffir limes are a staple in Thai cooking. While I never eat this type of food anymore, my senses did recall the taste of kaffir limes in the Thai food that I had consumed in the past since the peel is an important part of many Thai curries.

Based on what I have read about kaffir limes:

– They are commonly used in household cleaners.

– The scent is supposed to improve one’s mood (I believe this – the smell is intoxicating).

– Supposed to promote gum health and are recommended for use in brushing teeth.

Many people who eat a lot of Thai food or have traveled extensively in Asia may already be familiar with kaffir limes but very rarely do they appear in organic markets in the Northeast.

While I always get very excited when I discover a fantastic new organic product (maybe that’s why I love going to Expo West and Expo East so much), my level of excitement goes to a whole new dimension whenever I come across a new organic fruit.

When you spend the majority of your life in Boston, New York City and Providence (not exactly tropical locations), you’re just not exposed to that many varieties of fruit.

So, discovering amazing organic fruit, such as kaffir limes, is just one of those awesome moments.

What can I say? Organic food is my passion.

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Organic Strawberries are Found to be More Nutritious, Says Washington State University

I just love reading announcements like this. Researchers at Washington State University just released the results of their study of strawberries and concluded that organic is superior to conventional in several different categories.

Not that this is any great surprise to me but having empirical evidence is always beneficial.

The study, which was published in PLoS One, came to the following conclusions about organic strawberries:

– Longer shelf life and greater dry matter.

– Higher antioxidant activity and concentrations of ascorbic acid and phenolic compounds.

– Sweeter taste, better flavor and appearance.

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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Cancer Expert Says Hormonal Milk is Not Safe; Organic Milk is the Clear Choice

For many people, organic milk is the first organic food product that they will buy.

This is largely because milk serves as an important source of nutrition for kids.  It, therefore, begs the question “what exactly is my child drinking?”

Not all milk is created equal

Hormonal milk contains a genetically engineered hormone called Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rBST), which is produced by companies such as Monsanto and Elanco.

rBST is injected into approximately 20% of all U.S. dairy cows in order to increase milk production, and industry studies by consultants report that this hormone is safe for both the cows and consumers.

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What is Biodynamic and Why Do The Products Taste So Good

Whenever I get asked the question of which are the best tasting organic foods, my response is always the same: the Biodynamic ones.

For quite some time, I have been wondering why exactly Biodynamic tastes so delicious, so I went digging for an answer.

THE BASICS

To understand why Biodynamic tastes so good and different from the rest, let’s first discuss its origins and then define it.

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