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Newly harvested Japanese Tea

We have received Japanese tea from Japan.

Mr Ogose is producing tea in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, which is famous for Japanese tea production. Unlike other Japanese tea, he is growing “Sancha” variety. This is Japanese heirloom variety which is grown in mountain areas naturally.

Another producer, Yûsando, is producing teas in Uji in Kyoto and Nara which is another famous tea production area. (Yusando’s website: https://yusando.com/)

Both producer is growing tea according to Shumei Natural Agriculture principles without using chemicals, fertilisers including animal manures. Please enjoy slightly sweet and gentle, with a refreshing aftertaste. 

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Ancient wheat flour from Italy

Vestri farm is growing varieties of ancient wheat. We have just received flours of three varieties.

Gentil Rosso

This ancient grain owes its name to the reddish tinge that its ears take on when ripe. Rich in proteins, but low in gluten, Gentil Rosso flours are ideal in the production of bread, pizza and focaccia.

Inallettabile

Named after this because it is less prone to lodging, this soft wheat is widespread in Emilia and Tuscany. Inallettabile flours are mainly used in the production of Tuscan bread.

Frassineto

Ancient wheat with high ears, particularly subject to lodging in the event of storms or strong winds. Low in gluten, but with a substantial percentage of protein, it makes the products more digestible and assimilable. Good for pastry and cakes

Each variety (1kg) £3.40

 Manuela Vestri 

I am a registered farmer, keeper of ancient grains in the region of Tuscany. My farm Vestri is in the province of Arezzo, and we grow ancient durum wheat from the Senatore Cappelli family.

After we harvest the grain we use a sifter to select seeds for the next crop, a tool that my grandparents used. We then make stone-ground flour in a small mill on the slopes of Mount Amiata where the microclimate of the area allows us to keep the grain without having to use artificially cooled containers, and the grinding is done with a local peperino stone, which imparts a special fragrance to the flour. Grinding is done a little at a time so that the flour in the final product is no more than two months old.

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Tea from Japan added!

We have received Japanese tea from Shizuoka which accounts for 40% of Japan’s overall tea production. The producer, Hakkei-en, started production of sencha green tea first but now their hoji tea (roasted green tea) became very popular as well.

This time, we have received sencha loose leaf, hoji tea loose leaf, hoji tea bags and sencha stick.

Powdered green tea is in the stick. You can make tea just like an instant coffee. (Sorry, this is not matcha…)

Sencha green tea

Hakkeien hoji tea bag
Hoji tea bag
Hakkeien sencha tea stick
Sencha stick
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Podere Midolla Olive oil

Antonella Rastrelli – Podere Midolla 

Antonella
Antonella Rastrelli

Antonella has been practicing Natural Agriculture since 2008 and produces healthy high-quality Natural Agriculture olive oil. Podere Midolla also has guest lodging facilities and serves Tuscan cuisine with homemade olive oil. 

Antonella’s work at Podere Midolla includes caring for the olive groves, milling and bottling the oil, managing the lodging facilities and cooking at the restaurant.   

Harvest season is the busiest time. In order to keep its high quality, harvested olive needs to be processed at the oil mill as soon as possible after harvest. To avoid the contamination with other organic olives, she goes to the mill in early morning and she is always the first person to press olives. Antonella works night and day during harvest season. Bottling is also a hard work. Antonella bottles thousands of bottles of olive oil almost single handedly.  

Antonella said;

“I abandoned old agricultural customs and a ways of thinking that were bound only by economic reasons; instead, I turned my attention to a philosophy that is more deeply connected to nature itself.   As a result, I came to understand deeply that “Nature can teach us everything” is true and that nature can provide us with everything we need. Human beings do not have to intervene in the workings of nature.  We do not have to input additives to the soil, such as synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, and animal manure. These are not necessary at all. “

Podere Midolla’s olive oil has won many awards at various olive oil contests, gaining recognition as one of the foremost olive oil in Tuscany. 

Available in 500ml bottle and 3 litre tin.