“Gardeners’ Day Out” Events – Sat. 18 Feb & 18 Mar 2017

Following the first of NPark 2017 series of “Gardeners’ Day Out” public events held on Saturday, 21st January, Adelaide Harvests will be participating in the upcoming events as well.  It will be held at HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road), Singapore 119578 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The venue is under the shade and in a green environment.

You will be able to sample some of our products at our Adelaide Harvests booth, next to the Visitor Services Office. Check out the many booths of interesting plants and natural products.  I hope you can drop by for a chat and have a relaxing day out. Our products will be on sale at Special Discounted prices.

“Gardeners’ Day Out” – Saturday 21 Jan 2017

National Park is starting their 2017 series of “Gardeners’ Day Out” public events this Saturday, 21st January 2017.  It will be held at HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road (off Alexandra Road), Singapore 119578 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You will be able to sample most of our products at Adelaide Harvests booth, next to the Visitor Services Office. This event will bear a Chinese New Year theme.  Check out the many booths of interesting plants and natural products.  I hope you can drop by for a chat and have a relaxing day out. Our products will be on sale at Special Discounted prices.

 

All About Cherries

You may have noticed that we feature a few fruity flavours in our choice of products, but we are closely related to one particular fruit of the bunch: Cherries.

Marble Hill Cherries

We are closely tied to Marble Hill Cherries, a pick-your-own cherry farm in the Marble Hills of Adelaide. In fact, the taste in our cherry vinegar comes from this farm’s cherries. Picked at the darkest red for the best flavour and nurtured by the laughter of our good friend Helen, we could not ask for better.

But what’s the big deal behind cherries? It’s hardly a common fruit, and is often expensive due to import costs. However, we can’t look away from the big benefits found in these little packages of goodness.

There’s Copper In Cherries?

Yep! And more so if it’s sour. Sour cherries contain higher amounts of copper and manganese than sweet cherries, along with the usual popular Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre. The amount of copper (and manganese) is tiny, so do not worry. In fact, a trace amount of copper helps with the formation of collagen, increases the absorption of iron and plays a role in energy production. As for manganese, some of the health benefits of manganese include a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones.

Granted, you’d have to take a LOT of cherries to see this result, but it is nice to know you’re getting a few extra benefits.

A Dose of Anthocya-what?

Cherries contain anthocyanin, the pigment responsible for the colour in our red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables. If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, it belongs to the molecular class called flavonoids, odorless and nearly flavorless, and contribute to a astringent sensation (thanks, Wikipedia).

And cherries are known for their ruddiness.

For example. ~ Madam Noire

But anthocyanin is also useful as a health benefit. It is still being researched, but some results have emerged of it as an antioxidant, being anti-inflammatory, aiding in overall visual acuity, useful in ulcer treatment, and much more.

Cherries as a sleep-aid

Melatonin is found in cherries too. In fact, a study reports that a glass of tart (meaning sour) cherry juice contains high levels of melatonin and improved sleeping times of the participants in the study.

Granted, you’ll need a really strong concentrate – think 90-100 cherries’ worth of juice – to get this effect. However it’s good to know that a good dose of cherry juice will help you rest easy. Melatonin also helps to buffer the body’s immune system.

What about the sweet cherries?

Dark-red cherries have a good load of the mentioned nutrients as well! In fact, it’s noted that a cup full of dark-red cherries covers about 9.7 milligrams of Vitamin C, which is between 8-13% of the recommended intake of Vitamin C in adults.

And each bite of a cherry comes packed with fibre, which helps you feel fuller and reduce the risk of snacking and hunger pangs after a meal. One cup of dark-red cherries gives you about 7.6-13.8% of the recommended daily amount, but I bet most of us can’t just stop at one when it comes to sweet cherries.

Raw, or Liquid?

To get the best out of cherries, eat them raw and whole (and spit out the pit!) However, if you don’t like the mess of cherry juice (which is an impressive stainer) and find it expensive to get the fruit, you can grab a bottle of our Cherry Vinegar.

Our Cherry Chardonnay Vinegar is produced naturally using fresh cherries from Marble Hill Cherries’ own farm in Adelaide Hills, South Australia and chardonnay made from local South Australian grapes. It takes a gentle patient process to produce a smooth, mildly sweet and natural vinegar.

Some people love a spoonful neat to start the day while others use it in salads and cooking. No matter which way you take it, it is always refreshing.

Make your own shrub – or drinking vinegar

This week, Gizmodo author Alissa Walker shared an interesting article, ‘How to Use Vinegar to Make Your Cocktails Amazing’. Here in Singapore, different types of bottled drinking vinegar concentrate are available from Taiwan, Japan and Korea and are easily found on supermarket shelves. It sells as a refreshing drink to have when mixed with cold water. More often than not, they’re high in fructose, syrup, or added sugar and can be really sweet. If you’re counting your sugar levels, this is definitely not ideal.

Asian drinking vinegar, photo by Meister

So, why not make your own?

In drink terms, you will be making a ‘shrub’. According to our fave informal encyclopdia,

The word “shrub” can also refer to a cocktail or soft drink that was popular during America’s colonial era, made by mixing a vinegared syrup with spirits, water, or carbonated water. The term “shrub” can also be applied to the sweetened vinegar-based syrup, from which the cocktail is made; the syrup is also known as drinking vinegar. Drinking vinegar is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks.

– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrub_(drink)

According to Alissa, this is pretty simple to do. “The idea is to macerate the fruit with a bunch of sugar to create a syrup, which you then add to vinegar. But the key is letting it chill in the fridge for a few days—maybe a week or more,” she shared. She also attached a few recipes, but once you get the hang of it, customization is possible. Throw in herbs for a different aroma, or change up the fruits. And the good news – you are watching the amount of added sugar going into your shrub.

Our vinegars may up the ante on your shrub – consider a cherry, raspberry or a lemon vinegar for a different kind of tartness and colour to the drink.

Fruit shrub drink from thekitchn

What you’ll need:

  • Solid fruits – these fruits do not need to look pretty. You will be mushing this up, so even old fruits that are bruised or really ripe. Alissa shared peaches and strawberries on her post, but we can mix up melons, papayas, and other tropical fruits. Don’t go canned though, we are already adding sugar to the mix.
  • Sugar – the regular white sugar used in drinks and cooking is good. How much? I’ll share below.
  • Optional – fresh herbs to give an aroma. I agree with Alissa’s choice of basil or mint.
  • A mason jar or a container to store your shrub
  • A strainer
  • A mixing bowl
  • Of course, vinegar of your choice. Alissa uses apple cider vinegar, but we recommend experimenting with our range of vinegars.

What to do:

  1. Chop up the fruit of your choice into little bits. It’s okay if they get a bit mushy as we want the juices to mix with the vinegar. Toss it all (and juices) into the mixing bowl.
  2. Put in enough sugar to coat the fruits, probably a good dusting will do. If you are watching your sugar levels, take it down a notch. The shrub will be a bit sour.
  3. Macerate! Stir the fruits and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. If you went a bit rough, that’s good.
  4. Strain the mixture into your mason jar.
  5. Add an equal amount of vinegar to the jar.
  6. Leave it in your fridge for a week. Shake it once or twice daily and definitely give a good shake before use.

 

There’s your shrub! Mix it with cold water, sparkling water, soda water, or bourbon for a refreshing summer drink. Thanks to the vinegar, this will last a few weeks due to vinegar inhibiting the growth of bacteria. This should help with the intense Singapore heat!

Visit to The Farms

It is always nice to visit our producers and see what they have on-site. They’re a drive out of Adelaide in different directions but are worth the trips.

The first was out to the Wylie family’s Pendleton Estate distribution centre to see and taste their wide range of products.

Samples in the farm shed
Samples in the farm shed

Tasting Colours

This was followed by a visit to Annette Ferris’ Buzz Honey Hive Door visitors’ centre that showcase the various honey collected by their honeybees.

Tools of the trade for honey extraction
Tools of the trade for honey extraction
Honeycomb Cross Section
Honeycomb Cross Section

It was wonderful to see where the products we sell came from and how they were made. We’re glad that these local farmers are working together with us to bring their creations out from the farms to the rest of the world.

Welcome !

Hello !

After months of preparation, we are finally launching our website !  We are happy to share with you some of the best produces from Adelaide and the regions around South Australia, many of which are award-winners.  We are proud to show-case all these honey, vinegars and extra virgin olive oils that our friends in Adelaide have painstakingly produced – planting, harvesting, preparing, nurturing in this unique land.

Try dipping some baguette into lemon pressed extra virgin olive oil mixed with a dash of chardonnay vinegar.  Or toss some fresh salad vegetables in a tablespoon of premium extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of cherry vinegar !  Try tasting the cherry vinegar directly.

When you are roasting a chicken, consider rubbing on two big tablespoons of your choice honey. Or make a cold drink with some orange blossom honey.There are many more items for you to review !

May these natural and healthy products add flavours and fun to your culinary experience.

Thank you for visiting Adelaide Harvests !  Have a g’day mate !