Just because Christmas meals might be full of carbohydrates and fat, there’s no excuse for New Zealanders not to get their “five plus a day”, especially when Southern Fresh Foods has tasty, fresh vegetables ready be harvested.
Some of the tasty products Southern Fresh Foods will be offering in the lead-up to Christmas are white beetroot and land cress. With their white and green colourings, they are perfectly suited to the Christmas theme.
Land cress is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia and has been cultivated as a leaf vegetable in England since the 17th Century. It is now naturalised in New Zealand and other parts of the world. It grows very well in the lush fields of the Waikato, not requiring as much water to grow as watercress. It has the same flavour as water cress, making it perfect for salads, sandwiches and delicate soups.
“Our white beetroot and land cress will be popular among the discerning chefs who use our products,” says Rebecca Boakes, marketing manager for Southern Fresh Group.
“We have also small quantities of Pea Tendrils coming on, which will be available at Christmas time in small volumes.”
As Christmas approaches, keep an eye out for the Kids Christmas function as part of Southern Fresh Food’s Social Giving strategy. Also look for their upcoming new website.
Southern Fresh Foods Grows White Beetroot in the Waikato
By Tristan Hooker/MediaPA
Southern Fresh Foods, in the heart of the fertile Waikato, is New Zealand's professional grower and processor of specialty vegetables, gourmet leaf salads and fresh herbs.
Among the exciting range of vegetables Southern Fresh Foods has coming up this summer is a variation on an old, familiar favourite: The white beetroot.
“The white beetroots are in the ground now and will be available early to mid November”, says Rebecca Boakes, marketing manager at Southern Fresh Foods.
Conventional beetroots are known for their deep red colour. That colour comes from a compound called betalain, which is water-soluble and heat stable. Red beets bring a vibrant colour to salads, sandwiches and dishes such as borscht.
However, the colour of red beets can sometimes cause unwelcome problems. It can stain fingers and clothing and has been known to cause alarm when using the bathroom the following morning.
White beetroot can be utilized in the same culinary dishes as red beetroot, without the undesirable side effects. White beetroots do not contain betalain, which gives red beetroots their colour and also their earthy flavor. White beetroots have a higher sugar content than red beetroots, giving them a sweeter flavor than their red cousins.
The leaves of the white beetroot are edible and are especially tender and succulent when young.
Southern Fresh Foods is a family owned and operated company with a team of trained personnel. Based in Hautapu, just south of Hamilton, Southern Fresh Foods are dedicated to supplying quality products to the New Zealand food industry.
Waikato’s Southern Fresh Foods Supports Kaivolution Food Rescue
Waikato’s family owned and operated fresh vegetable, salad and herb grower and producer, Southern Fresh Foods, is committed to giving back to the community.
One of the ways they’re supporting Social Giving is by donating any excess produce to Kaivolution Food Rescue, a local Hamilton community group which collects surplus food and redistributes it to charities.
“At Southern Fresh Foods, we take social responsibility seriously,” says Garth Dunn, Sales Manager of Southern Fresh Group. “We are also proactive in minimising food waste. For that reason, Kaivolution is a great organisation that we are happy to support in conjunction with our friends at Bidvest.”
Kaivolution Food Rescue is a Hamilton initiative, adding to a growing number of organisations around New Zealand with a similar goal – to make sure excess food is not put into landfills and is instead distributed to those in need. Since its launch in October 2014, Kaivolution estimates it has collected and redistributed more than 150,000kg of food within the Waikato community.
Established in 2000, Southern Fresh Foods has been growing and processing specialty vegetables, gourmet leaf salads and fresh herbs for distribution throughout New Zealand.
Located in the heart of the Waikato, Southern Fresh Foods has always been an active contributor to the local community. As well as their backing of Kaivolution, Southern Fresh Foods also supports Riding for the Disabled and the Westpac Helicopter Trust.
“We believe in providing our customers with the best quality products like fresh salad greens and our unique range of baby vegetables,” says Mr Dunn, “while minimizing waste and making a difference in our community.”
“Kaivolution is a fantastic community initiative and we’re happy to support them.”
Southern Fresh Foods Grows Baby Carrots in Original Colours
Carrots are some of the most important vegetables in the world and have a rich and fascinating history. Southern Fresh Foods, Waikato’s specialist gourmet vegetable growers and processors, have baby carrots in four different colours – orange, purple, white and yellow.
If you didn’t know carrots came in any other colour except orange, you’re bound to be fascinated by the history of the carrot.
Jeremy Dunn, General Manager of Southern Fresh Group, says humans have a long association with carrots, dating back more than 5,000 years, where the first documentations show wild carrots being harvested in Central Asia and Europe.
“Very early varieties of carrots were wild carrots,” says Mr Dunn. “They had edible leaves and white roots and were not only eaten, but prescribed for medicinal purposes, using every part of the carrot, including the roots, leaves and seeds.”
Mr Dunn says orange carrots, so common these days, were actually only developed relatively recently, around the 17th Century.
Although the background of the orange carrot is somewhat murky, historians commonly believe the colour hs a political bent, being cultivated by Dutch growers as a tribute to William of Orange, who led the struggle for Dutch independence.
Mr Dunn says Southern Fresh Foods is proud to grow and supply carrots in their full variety of colours and supply a range of gourmet carrots to local chefs.”
“Our specialty carrots are popular with the best chefs in the Waikato, who like to use only the highest quality products in their dishes.”
Southern Fresh Foods is a family owned and operated company and is one of New Zealand's leading professional growers and processors of high quality baby vegetables, salad lines, and herbs.
The Chioggia Beetroot, Brought to You by Southern Fresh Foods
Southern Fresh Foods Ltd is a family owned and operated business, based in Hautapu, right in the heart of the Waikato.
For more than 16 years the company has been growing and expanding and is now one of New Zealand’s leading producers of premium salad mixes, herbs, and gourmet baby vegetables.
Among their specialty items is the Chioggia Beetroot, a beautiful pink and red striped beet which is becoming popular among discerning chefs in top restaurants.
Andrew Clark, head chef at Hamilton’s Victoria Street Bistro, is a fan of the Chioggia beetroot, which is supplied to his restaurant by Southern Fresh Foods.
“It’s really nice,” says Andrew. “You can slice it up raw and it’s got that candy stripe effect, which is good for presentation.
“The other thing you can do is boil it in white balsamic and sugar, sort of pickle it and flick the skins off afterwards. It’s a really bright, bright pink little beetroot, great for preserving.
“It’s got a nice, sweet flavour a little bit milder than your regular beetroot, really great for presentation, adding a bit of colour to a dish,” says Andrew, adding, “sometimes if there are a few nice little leaves attached we’ll use them as well.”
The Chioggia beetroot is an Italian beet, named after the town of Chioggia in Northern Italy, where the vegetable originated.
Popular in Italy since the 19th century, this beetroot is still unfamiliar to many New Zealanders but is starting to gain a foothold thanks to specialty growers such as Southern Fresh Foods.
Nutritionally, beets have a lot to offer such as fibre, potassium, iron and folic acid. The pigment which gives beets their color, Betacyanin, is a potent antioxidant.
Southern Fresh Foods pride themselves in supplying products of the highest quality to the New Zealand food industry. With a team of highly trained personnel and stringent hygiene and grading procedures, Southern Fresh Foods will “ensure you receive 100% product satisfaction - every time!”
That Southern Fresh Feeling Hits the Waikato
Based in the heart of the Waikato, Southern Fresh Foods are New Zealand’s professional growers of specialty vegetables, gourmet leaf salads and fresh herbs.
The Hautapu-based business was created in 2000 and is in a prime location for national distribution. They are making an impact by establishing themselves as a trusted brand within the industry.
“Our quality is what differentiates us from our competitors,” says managing director Pat Dunn. Pat started the business alongside Jeremy Dunn with what they call their three vital ingredients – quality, freshness and flavour. It is these foundations which contribute to the main goal of providing their clientele with inspirational cuisine solutions.
With more than 30 years of growing experience, the family-owned business has turned into a leader amongst New Zealand’s growers and processors. It is the family aspect of the Southern Fresh Foods which makes them so authentic, according to Pat.
Another reason customers love Southern Fresh Foods is the customer service which they provide. This service is second to none and is focused around “100% product satisfaction – every time!” The value which is provided through service is what really differentiates Southern Fresh Foods from its competition.
The Southern Fresh Foods team’s passion for food does not stop there. In partnering with Bidvest Hamilton, Southern Fresh Foods is also giving back to the community. Any extra product that is not fit for sale but is good for eating is sent to the Kaivolution Project. This project distributes that food to charities in need. It is a partnership which Southern Fresh Foods have fostered, and is something that he feels passionately for. “No food should be wasted, and nobody should be without.”
The range which Southern Fresh Foods offers its customers is second to none and includes aa large variety of baby vegetables, salads, herbs and specialty vegetables. If you are looking for the best quality produce in New Zealand, contact the professional growers at Southern Fresh Foods today.