Central California, USA
Did you know, almonds are technically the seeds of the fruits of almond trees? We blanch and grind our almonds into a fine flour that produces a tastier and more nutritious alternative to other flours. It seems we can barely turn our heads without seeing all the praise being sung about almonds. Read more about the benefits of almonds here..
Coconut palms that produce coconut flour thrive in mineral-rich tropic soils and are fertilized with seawater, which provides these coconuts with trace minerals that our bodies need. After the flesh of the coconut has been extracted, the remainder is dried and finely ground to make coconut flour. Along with almond flour, coconut flour is one of our favorite alternatives to wheat flour. Not only is it contain minerals and fiber, but it gives our muffins and pancakes a light and fluffy texture.
Despite its name, Tigernuts are neither Tigers nor nuts, but rather small root vegetables. Originating from Africa, Tigernuts are a prebiotic fiber source, which act as food for the good bacteria in your body. They also contain iron, fiber and antioxidants.
Sunflower seeds come from sunflowers and are originally from North America (hey, homeland!). We love them because they contain nutrients like Vitamin E, Vitamin B, manganese and folate. Learn more about sunflower seeds here.
Hemp seeds are derived from the Canaabis sativa plant (but they don’t contain any of the psychedelic compounds that you might be thinking of). They are known as the “perfect protein,” containing all 20 amino acids, even the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce! They are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavor and can be consumed raw, cooked, or roasted. Nutritional benefits of Hemp Seeds are plentiful, learn more here.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plants, which grow natively in South America. These seeds are small but mighty – they were used by Aztec warriors as fuel when going into battle. They are rich in protein and fiber, as well as other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet - they can be added to baked goods, used as thickening agents, or added raw to cereal or yogurt. They come in black, red or white varieties so go for the white if you’re trying to sneak them past the kiddos!
Flax is produced by an herbaceous plant that blooms with beautiful blue flowers. After the flax plant has grown for about 100 days, it is cut down and dried. Only then are the protein-packed flax seeds removed. Learn all about the nutritional benefits of flax here.
Cassava is rich in minerals such as potassium, iron, and calcium, as well as being high in fiber. The cassava root is a woody shrub that thrives in warm environments like Brazil, and grows for about a year and half before being harvested. Our cassava flour is ground to mimic the texture of glutinous flours. It is the ideal gluten-free alternative ingredient to use in baked goods!
Tapioca is a great starch option for those who wish to avoid corn or potato products. It, like cassava, is derived from the cassava plant. After the cassava root has been ground, it is squeezed to produce a starchy liquid. The water from the liquid evaporates, leaving a dry starch - tapioca! Tapioca helps to keep our Artisan Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Crackers light and fluffy, while holding them together.
Although not technically a plant itself, arrowroot is derived from the arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea. This nutrient-packed ingredient is often used as a thickening agent in many foods and is very easily digestible. Arrowroot was first discovered in the West Indies and has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory and to aid digestion. Arrowroot is the secret to the fabulously fluffy texture in our pancakes!
Cocoa beans come from cocoa trees along the Ivory Coast. The beans grow in pods at the trunk of the cocoa trees and can be harvested year-round. The pods, which range in color from red, to purple, to yellow, and green, are extracted from once ripe. We love cocoa because, quite simply, it’s delicious! But also because it’s rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants that have been known to promote anti-aging.
We love coconut sugar not only because it's one of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners on the planet – it also contains naturally occurring vitamins and minerals (including potassium, magnesium, and iron). Coconut Sugar is also extremely sustainable - coconut palm trees can be harvested for 20+ years! Plus, compared to "normal" cane sugar, coconut palm trees produce as much as 75% more sugar per acre while using 20% fewer resources. Hot stuff!