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Stall Name and Listing Headline: The Spiceworks: Importer and supplier of finest quality herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, teas and curry blendsSummary: Importer and supplier of finest quality herbs and spices, seeds and pulses. More than 20 types of chillies always in stockSelling: Curry Blends, Dried Fruits, Dried Herbs, Nuts, Pulses and Lentils, Seeds, Spices, Teas, Herbal BlendsCharities Supported: Fare ShareThe Spiceworks sells herbs, spices, herbal ‘tea’ infusions and health food products to customers across the UK and beyond. We are proud to have sought an extensive supply of exotic herbs and spices from around the world, with many of our imports sourced directly from Asia and South America. Besides this, we also like to support our local farmers and source many products are grown locally to us in Hereford and nationally within the UK. Our products include some of the world’s most exotic spices and while we pride ourselves on only selling products which reach the highest culinary standards our prices are among the lowest in the UK. We frequently visit the country and location whereby the products are grown which gives us the opportunity to meet our suppliers, growers and farmers so we can better understand how the products are grown and harvested and collect recipes and ideas for use. The majority of our products are organically grown and most of our suppliers use only traditional and organic methods of growing, harvesting and drying their produce. However few growers are participants in ‘Organic’ labelling schemes and cannot sell their products as such. We can usually advise on the source and provenance of any product on request. The Spiceworks are spice merchants to both individuals and to the catering and health foods industry, supplying anywhere from 25g to 100 tonnes+. Regardless of the size of the order, we aim to keep our packaging to a minimum and all of our products are supplied without outer wrappers and unnecessary packaging.
Stall Name and Listing Headline: Manuka Direct - 'Healing Honey' Direct from New ZealandCategory: Food and Drink SellersSummary: Rare and wonderful Manuka Honey direct from beekeepers in New ZealandSelling: Manuka HoneyCharities Supported: To FollowOur rare and wonderful Manuka honey comes from Hawke’s Bay in the stunning North Island of New Zealand where the native manuka plant thrives. There are no middle men in our operation – just a straight supply line from the bees to you. The bees and the hives are expertly cared for by experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers, often in remote and inaccessible parts of beautiful land. Manuka honey is rare and precious. Its production is reliant on access to great unspoilt manuka sites, the skill and hard work of the beekeepers and mother nature being kind. Provenance is king and it is a privilege to be able to buy genuine artisan Manuka honey of this quality here in the UK. About Manuka Honey This rare and wonderful honey is brought to you from New Zealand, where the native Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium) grows. It is produced by honey bees who pollinate the Manuka bush, which is also part of the tea tree family. The honey is monofloral (meaning the bees collect the nectar from only one species of flower) and the manuka plant blossoms for only 2-6 weeks a year which makes it rare and difficult to produce. It has been known to the Maori for hundreds of years as the ‘healing honey’ . They used the leaves to make a drink for reducing fever and the oil from crushed leaves as an antiseptic for wounds. The major (but not only) natural antibacterial component of Manuka honey is Methylglyoxol. This is measured in mg/kg and the number on the label shows the level found in this honey. eg MGO 100 is 100mg/kg . The higher the number, the higher the antibacterial activity. It is rigorously lab tested and fully certified before it can be labelled Manuka honey and is allowed to leave NZ. Manuka honey has extraordinary and completely natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties which are unique and make it different to other types of honey. The healing properties are believed to be up to 100 times more powerful than ordinary honey. Amongst its many uses it is believed to be highly effective in the cure of sore throats and digestive problems, boosting the immune system and is also widely used on burns and cuts, mouth ulcers and cold sores. In 2004 the NHS licensed medical grade manuka honey to be used as a wound dressing. It can be taken raw from the spoon, in smoothies and is excellent with lemon and ginger in hot water, it is delicious and can of course be eaten as you would any other honey, on porridge or toast. It is also applied raw to wounds and cuts.
Stall Name and Listing Headline: Pinkster Gin - Delicious refreshing English Gin blended with five key botanicals and "pinked" by raspberriesCategory: Beers, Wine and Spirits SellersSummary: Quality Pink Gin made from core spirit blended with five botanicals including raspberries which give Pinkster Gin its particular hueSelling: Gin, Gin Gift Sets,Perhaps more the ingredients for a game of Cluedo, but that’s how the business was born. It all came about when founder Stephen realised wine and beer no longer agreed with him. A keen maker of sloe liqueurs and other concoctions, he turned his attention to gin and started experimenting at home, mashing assorted fruits with different spirit strengths. He wasn’t intentionally creating a pink drink, it’s just that after working his way through an entire fruit bowl, raspberry delivered the best flavour. With the recipe developed, pals started encouraging him to go commercial. G&J, one of the country’s oldest distillers, was recruited to the cause. They produce the core spirit with five botanicals to our original recipe which we painstakingly developed over several years. We then macerate with a further three botanicals, including fresh, plump raspberries grown nearby our rural base outside Cambridge, to produce the finished gin that is Pinkster. After positive feedback from tastings at events and food fairs, Stephen took the plunge, quitting his job as a bean counter and ending his London commute, whilst reassuring his long-suffering wife that it would all come good in the end. Over the intervening years, thirst for Pinkster has grown and from humble beginnings we’re now proud to be stocked by the likes of Majestic Wine, Marks and Spencer, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges as well as dozens of farm shops and food halls across the country. Stephen still personally oversees the production, ensuring consistency from batch to batch of fresh fruit. Ironically, being told to quit wine was the best advice he’s ever received.