July 14, 2018 6:57 am Leave your thoughts
Clearspring is one of Naturally Good Food’s leading brands – we’ve got a wide selection of their 260 (and counting!) products dotted all over our shelves. It’s popular with those looking for the finest organic and traditionally made products and is also a firm favourite with vegans and vegetarians. With the recent trend towards eating fermented food, we’re seeing more and more customers searching for our Clearspring products.
This brand appeals to people on macrobiotic diets, as well as those wishing to avoid refined sugar. It’s great for customers who are searching for hard-to-find authentic products – and, quite simply, is perfect for everyone who wants to eat the very best, pure, health-giving food. With an ethos as clear and sparkling as a mountain spring, Clearspring has been leading the way for over 25 years!
Clearspring is a family-owned brand, founded by Christopher Dawkins. For 18 years Christopher lived in Japan, where he became an expert on Japanese ingredients (especially miso). Back in the UK, the Clearspring range expanded to include organic, plant-based European products too. Everything in the range is organic and 100% vegan. There are no genetically modified ingredients, no artificial additives and no refined sugar of any kind. The focus is on ingredients produced by traditional methods, with an emphasis on their ultimate health benefits.
As the family put it:
‘…everyone should have access to quality organic food to eat well. Our products make a valuable contribution to sustainable agriculture, by supporting organic farmers and artisan food producers. Through enriching the soil and caring for the eco-system, we are protecting the world that we pass on to our children.’
It all started with miso
At the very source of the brand’s ‘spring’ is miso. That’s where it all began – and to this day, Clearspring stock only the finest Japanese miso, made as slowly and authentically as possible. This process gives a rich and complex flavour and the very best health benefits.
At Naturally Good Food we’ve got a range of Clearspring misos, including miso pastes and instant miso soups. This fermented Japanese food is made by cooking soya beans and then combining them with handmade koji (grains or beans inoculated with Aspergillus oryzae mould spores), salt and water. The mixture is fermented over several months in cedarwood kegs. The koji is full of digestive enzymes, which, along with naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria, break down the beans and grains into readily digestible amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars. Miso is taken daily in Japan, to strengthen the digestive system and ward off digestive problems. Many other health benefits are ascribed to it – see Clearspring’s blog here, for the full story. (This handily also tells you just how to use each particular type of miso.)
Our full Clearspring range
In the Clearspring range at Naturally Good Food, we’ve got the following:
- Quickcook packets of grains: partially cooked grains and beans, for the perfect ready meal
- Amazake sweet grains range: a selection of sweet desserts, made with no added sugar, just the natural fermented sweetness of the grains themselves.
- Fruit purees: perfect for toddlers and invalids, as well as for general deliciousness!
- Oils: a vast range of cold-pressed oils, from the everyday olive and vegetable oils, to the quite extraordinary.
- Miso: of all kinds, in pouches, as paste and as soup.
- Fermented vegetables, including beetroot, cabbage – and lentils.
- Japanese crackers.
- Noodles of various kinds.
- Instant couscous.
- Sushi brown and white rice.
- A great range of dried sea vegetables.
- Green sencha tea.
- Rice mirin.
- Soya chunks and soya mince.
- Silken longlife tofu.
- Tamari roasted almonds in snack packs.
- Malt syrups: wonderful natural sweeteners.
- Tsuyu noodle broth.
- Ume plum seasoning.
- Brown rice vinegar.
- Wasabi powder.
If you’re not quite sure what to do with some of these ingredients, check out the Clearspring recipe section here.
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This post was written by Yzanne