Milk Kefir 1
Milk KefirMilk Kefir is a fermented milk product that tastes like a drinkable yogurt. It can be made using cow, goat or sheep milk. Kefir is rich in probiotics and enzymes and contains high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin and folate. Because kefir doesn’t have a standard nutrition content, the content values may change depending on the cow, goat or sheep, cultures, and region where it is produced. Yet even with these variations, it still has exceptional nutritional values. Because of it's unique nutrients it has been used for centuries as a health giving drink or food used to benefit the health of the body in many ways. Make your own - You only have to buy the grains once as it can be reused many times over and over again. By buying a milk kefir culture (grains) once, you can make homemade kefir for the rest of your life! Milk kefir is the ultimate reusable culture and it is so easy to make.
Fresh Australian Turmeric 5
Fresh Australian Grown TurmericWe sell fresh Australian grown turmeric. Located just out of Darwin NT, the tropical weather which includes monsoons and a dry season provide the perfect growing environment for turmeric. Most of the worlds turmeric comes from India which has an almost identical climate, temperature and seasons as we do in Northern Australia.
The Health Benefits of Fresh TurmericThe benefits of fresh turmeric are enormous. I could go on forever about the health benefits of consuming fresh turmeric. I say 'fresh' because I am skeptical of how the commercial ground turmeric spice is processed and believe that there may be no nutritional and medicinal properties left in this type of ground turmeric. As this website is about Gut Health I will not go on about all the other wonderful benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric for Digestive HealthTurmeric is highly beneficial for the affect it has on the digestive system. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine consider turmeric to be a digestive bitter and a calmative. Turmeric is often recommended for continual digestive weakness and/or congestion. If you feel tired after consuming meals or experience gas and bloating, turmeric may help. The anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric are very well known, however it is also an anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, which coat the lungs, throat, stomach and intestines. It does so by reducing the congestion and inflammation from idle mucous membranes. People with the conditions like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), colitis, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, post-giardia or post salmonella could benefit from regular use of turmeric. As a follow up treatment of antibiotics treatments, in addition to pro-biotics, turmeric helps to improve the intestinal flora and act as an anti-bacterial.
Turmeric for Liver HealthThe liver is considered part of the digestive system and turmeric is highly treasured for the influence it has on the liver. Turmeric is a cholagogue which is an action that has the specific effect of stimulating the flow of bile from the liver. This improves the body's ability to digest fats. Turmeric has similar liver protecting compounds that artichoke leaves and milk thistle (silymarin) contain. It is said to be useful to treat liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice as it can shrink engorged hepatic ducts. As a potent detoxifier, Turmeric could also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Medicinal and biological properties of turmericA document titled ‘Post Harvest Operations’ from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states the following: "Turmeric and isolated compounds from turmeric have demonstrated a remarkable variety of beneficial pharmacological activities. These include antioxidant, antiarthritic, antimutagenic, antitumor, anti-tumor promotion, antithrombotic, antivenom by neutralizing the hemorrhagic effect of the venom in mice, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, nematocidal, , choleretic and antihepatotoxic activities. Low incidence of Alzheimers disease in regions where turmeric is extensively used in cuisine and as an herbal remedy suggests that it may protect against this disease since areas of high consumption such as those in India have very low Alzheimers incidence.Further, a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimers has shown favorable response to curcumin therapy. Little or no toxicity is reported for humans receiving large (8 g/day18) therapeutic doses of curcumin, an important major component of turmeric. Rather than exhibiting dose dependent toxicity, rodent experiments have shown that administration of the major metabolite of curcumin from early in life can extend median life span by 11%.30 The record of use of turmeric in Indian traditional ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years supports its possible therapeutic efficacy and its likely low toxicity. All these findings about turmeric biological activities make it a good candidate for development of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, or food ingredients with functional properties".
Grated Dried Fresh Turmeric 1
Grated Dried TurmericOur grated dried fresh turmeric is freshly harvested and cleaned by hand. It is then grated and dehydrated at a low temperature of 35 degrees celcius to preserve the valuable nutritional content of the turmeric. It takes about 1kg of fresh turmeric to make 100grams of grated dried turmeric. Use the grated dried turmeric when you are out of fresh turmeric. This way you can enjoy the health giving benefits of turmeric all year round. I put the dried grated turmeric on almost everything and find that it lasts a long time.
Grated Dried Turmeric is very convenientIt is very convenient to use. Put grated dried turmeric in your tea, sprinkle some on your food or add it to your cooking. I like to sprinkle the fresh or dried grated turmeric into any type of salad, scrambled eggs, stews, soups, casseroles, bone broth etc. The turmeric is cleaned by hand. I have done my best to clean it thoroughly but it may contain small amounts of dirt or grit as it is not cleaned commercially. If you need it in a powdered form, I also have fresh dried ground turmeric which is the dried grated turmeric further ground into a powder. As it is not commercially ground, it is not as fine as the store bought turmeric powder. Fresh Really is Best! Please be aware that when you buy ground turmeric in the store spice dept you can’t be sure of how it is processed to maintain its health giving properties. I have researched the manufacturing process of imported turmeric powders. I am shocked that this type of processing is allowed. It is understandable that every country wants to protect their agriculture and farms from insects and diseases. So there must be no insects, dirt or animal content or faeces in any imported herb or spice. To do this, the herbs and spices must undergo strict processing to ensure these are eradicated. One article even mentioned that the process included ionizing radiation and the use of volatile synthetic solvents! I can’t imagine that there could possibly be anything good left in the end product! If anything, it is probably toxic. I won’t comment any more on the process as I don’t know if they are all processed in a similar manner. I can just say that you should do your own research and make an informed decision. The commercial methods of extraction will vary by manufacturer and are proprietary information. However, I have a copy of ‘Post Harvest Operations’ from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. I will happily email a copy to anyone who is interested. SO WHY NOT JUST BY AUSTRALIAN GROWN TURMERIC? Look for turmeric such as ours that has not been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides. No chemical fertilizers are used either.
Fresh Turmeric Rizhomes 3
Fresh Australian Grown Turmeric RhizomesFresh Australian Grown Turmeric Rhizomes are available for a few months of the year only. We grow them ourselves here in the tropical north of Australia NT. Usually our fresh turmeric rhizomes are ready for harvest in June. However this depends largely on the weather. If we have a good or early monsoonal season or an early dry season, the turmeric could be ready sooner. Our turmeric is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. It is watered in the wet season by rain water only and if it needs the occasional water we use clean fresh bore water. Our next crop of fresh turmeric rhizomes for sale should be ready in June. However, it may be available earlier. We usually sell out so please keep an eye on this website to find out when it will be available. When the turmeric is in season, we harvest, clean and pack orders once a week to ensure it's freshness. There is no specific day as it depends on order quantities. Once we run out of harvested turmeric to fill orders, another lot is harvested. This is the only way that we can quarantee the freshest turmeric. So please be patient with your order as we are only trying to provide you with the best and freshest produce. If there are turmeric rhizomes left at the end of the season, they are grated and slowly dried at a low temperature of only 35 degrees celsius to preserve the valuable nutritional content of the turmeric. We sell the dried grated turmeric here. Some of the dried grated turmeric is then ground down to a powder and sold here as dried ground turmeric powder. It takes just over 1kg of fresh turmeric rhizomes to make 100g of the dried grated turmeric or turmeric powder.
Ground Dried Fresh Turmeric 1
Ground Dried Fresh TurmericOur ground dried fresh turmeric is made from freshly harvested Australian grown Non-GMO, pesticide free turmeric rhizomes. We clean the raw turmeric rhizomes by hand, grate and dehydrate them at a very low 35 degree Celsius to preserve the healthy nutrients, vitamins and valuable medicinal properties. (I also sell the grated dried fresh turmeric at this stage). The dry grated turmeric it is then ground to a powder. It takes an enormous amount of fresh turmeric rhizomes to make just a small amount of dried ground turmeric powder. Please be aware! When you buy ground turmeric in the store spice dept you can’t be sure of how it is processed to maintain its health giving properties. I have researched the manufacturing process and am shocked that this type of processing is allowed. One article even mentioned that the process included ionizing radiation and the use of volatile synthetic solvents! I can’t imagine that there could possibly be anything good left in the end product! I won’t comment any more on the process as I don’t know if they are all processed in a similar manner, I can just say that you should do your own research and make an informed decision. The commercial methods of extraction will vary by manufacturer and are proprietary information. However, I have a copy of ‘Post Harvest Operations’ from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. I will happily email a copy to anyone who is interested.
Ground Dried Fresh Turmeric is very convenientAs a powder form turmeric can easily be added to scrambles and frittatas. Use a pinch of turmeric powder on your roast vegetables, sprinkle it on your rice, in soups, smoothies, etc. The possibilities of getting plenty of turmeric in your diet is endless by using the powdered form. The ground dry fresh turmeric powder doesn’t have a strong flavour. If for some reason you really don’t like the taste of turmeric, putting the ground turmeric powder into an empty capsule would be an easy way of getting lots of this healthy plant food into your gut.
Kombucha Culture Starter 0
Kombucha Culture StarterYou will need a Kombucha Culture Starter to brew your own Kombucha Tea. My family and I have been brewing Kombucha tea for many years and I personally believe that to brew Kombucha tea, you only need a small piece of kombucha culture starter along with more of the mother liquid, as the mother liquid is more important. This is why I originally only packaged my kombucha culture starter kits with a small piece of culture, so I could fit as much of the mother liquid in the package, ensuring a good brew. These starter kits which will make a 2L brew of Kombucha Tea are still available on this site and can be found here. I personally believe these kits are the best value for money of all the kits.
Round Kombucha ScobyHowever, over many years I have had a lot of requests for the kombucha culture or scoby to be ‘round’ and not ‘cut’ as most internet photos display round scobies. So even though it takes up more space in the package, I now have a starter culture kit with a round culture or scoby which is enough to make a 1L brew. If you prefer to make a larger brew, I have a kombucha culture starter kit with a round scoby and enough mother liquid to make a 4L brew of Kombucha Tea. For those of you who would like to ferment a larger 8L brew I also have an 8L starter kit.
Continuous brews of Kombucha TeaIn my years of brewing Kombucha Tea, I have found that using the continuous brew method produces a much nicer tasting and fizzier drink. I use the continuous brew method for my ready made bottled kombucha tea.