pomegranate, açaí, goji, guarana and
noni. With many of these fruits product developers can use the real deal
or the same taste can often be
achieved by creating an organic flavor
profile to match the specific variety.
Prickly pear cactus offers functional-ity in both savory and sweet applications. The pads of the cactus have a
flavor similar to green beans and work
well with many other vegetables. The
fruit of the cactus can vary in flavor but
is mildly sweet. The flavor is compared
to honeydew or sometimes described
as a watermelon-fig profile.
From syrup to soups to jelly, the
versatile prickly pear cactus not only
provides a new flavor experience, but
is also a functional food. Both the
fruit and the pad of the prickly pear
cactus contain high amounts of slowly
digested insoluble fiber. Research is Food As Art
being conducted on the cactus and its Artisanal products are handcrafted in small batches with high at-use in controlling diabetes. The pad tention to quality and detail. They involve the use of a trade skill that
has a slimy, okra-like texture and can (continued on page 61)
For organic food manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest,
there is no stronger ingredient partner.
Agave, Honey, & other Liquid Sweeteners • Oils • Spices
Herbs • Nuts • Seeds • Dried Fruits• Grains
Dry & Liquid Ingredient Blending
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be used to thicken soups and sauces.
Spices. Adding spice to a food plays into the trend of offering more
satisfaction per calorie. Spices add flavor, and more flavor means more
satisfaction. The popularity of ethnic cuisine has popularized spice
blends such as garam masala, harissa and herbes de provence. Spices
are crossing traditional culinary boundaries with chili heating up
sweet flavors and nutmeg warming up more savory dishes. Spices also
have high antioxidant content and thus are great natural preservatives. Cinnamon has a total-ORAC value of 267,536, compared to
pomegranate juice with a total-ORAC value of 2341.
Varietal spices known for their high quality can offer premium status to products. Tellicherry black peppercorn from South India is considered the highest grade of black peppercorn. Frontier Natural
Products Co-op offers an organic Tellicherry black peppercorn, as well
as long pepper (Indonesia) and Sichuan pepper (China).
Flavors can also be layered to create more upscale flavor profiles.
Exotic flavors are being paired with traditional flavors to introduce
them to the consumer. Pomegranate is often combined with raspberry
or blueberry. Innovative examples of flavor combinations include
honey saffron, strawberry balsamic and raspberry rose hip.
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