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We’re having a party & you’re invited!

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Guess what? Apples and Sage has turned 1, and we’d like to celebrate with our most favourite folk — you!

While that might sound cheesy, it’s entirely the truth. You see, many business fail within their first year of opening up shop, so, literally, we wouldn’t be here without you.

To show our deepest gratitude to our great community of customers and suppliers, we’re hosting a week-long party, starting this coming Monday, 6 October. And you’re invited.

Expect plenty of tastings from our favourite organic wholefood suppliers. Think The Grateful Harvest Kombucha, Pana Chocolate, Dr Chan’s Ferments, The Fermentary Sauerkraut, Ed’s Breads, Forage Cereal, Loving Earth, First Press Coffee, Cob’s Popcorn, Conscious Chocolate, The Raw Wine Company, Dairy Farmers Cheese, Coconut Magic Bars (gosh we could go on) plus plenty more.

There will be loads of great specials in-store throughout the week too.

Please extend this invitation to your family and friends who haven’t had the chance to visit us yet, especially anyone seeking to eat better and look after their health.

So, please come in and help us to celebrate what we’ve created together.

Frankly, we can’t wait!

Asparagus is here! + A zesty asparagus recipe

We’re excited! Spring has sprung. And do you what that means for real foodie lovers like us at Apples and Sage?

Asparagus is in season!

Asparagus only comes around once each year: in spring, and may stretch into early summer. So if you’re buying it any other time of year, know that it has been imported.

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Not only is asparagus tasty, it’s also a healthy green vegetable! With good amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid and potassium (and a little iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc too), it makes for a great vitamin and mineral hit.

At Apples and Sage we like to use asparagus in omelettes and frittatas, salads (quickly blanched), and stir fries. But our favourite way is pan-fried and served with eggs for breakfast. Here’s a recipe for zesty, pan-fried asparagus. Enjoy!

Zesty asparagus

Serves 2 | Cooking time 5 minutes | dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan

  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 12 spears)
  • 2 tsp olive oil or ghee
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • zest of half lemon
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
  • sea salt and black pepper, to season
  • crushed hazelnuts (or any nuts), to serve

 

Wash and dry the asparagus spears.

Snap off the woody tips (they snap off easily; it takes off about 2 cm/1 inch).

Chop the spears in half.

Heat oil/ghee in a fry pan over low–medium heat.

Add the garlic and zest. Sauté for a few seconds.

Next, add the asparagus spears. Sauté for about 3–4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. We like ours firm and a little crunchy.

Squeeze over some lemon juice and season. Then sprinkle over the crushed nuts.

Serve as a side to any main dish. Or enjoy with a couple of eggs and yummy sourdough toast for a quick, easy and delicious breakfast.

Variation

Not a fan of asparagus or it’s not in season — try this recipe with broccolini or broccoli instead.

What’s your favourite way to eat asparagus?

Kombucha - what is it & why should you drink it?

At Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods we offer a Kombucha Bar for your convenience.  We are often asked by customers what is Kombucha and why should they be drinking it. While sounding like it might be something cool to drink, Kombucha has a lot more to offer than just its name. We answer some of the questions you might have about it below.


What is Kombucha?

Thought to have originated in China thousands of years ago, Kombucha is a fermented probiotic tea. Kombucha is made using a combination of  tea, water, sugar and a fermented mix called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast), which is all combined and left to ferment. The result is a lightly carbonated tea containing probiotics and antioxidants that are beneficial for our bodies.

What are the possible health benefits?

While Kombucha drinkers report numerous health benefits, restoring or improving gut health is considered one of the primary ones. As the gut is 'home' for more than 85% of our immune system, it is important to look after it.  Other benefits can include improved digestion, improved joint function, assisting toxin elimination and overall cleansing by nourishing the body from the inside out.

Our Kombucha is from Grateful Harvest, who brew their Kombucha in Melbourne. We offer 3 flavours – natural, ginger or vanilla. Pop in store and have a taste!


(*If you have any concerns regarding whether Kombucha may be a suitable addition to your diet, please discuss with your doctor first)

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The Health Corner at Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods!

 

Welcome to The Health Corner!

At Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods our focus is on fresh organic foods that nourish your body. Our store stocks over 5000 products for you to choose from and we love to educate customers about the benefits of them all.

We stock the following:

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Grocery items
Dairy and Frozen foods
Vegan and Kosher products
Gluten Free products
Ready made Organic Meals
Huge selection of bulk Chocolate, Nuts, Seeds, Pulses
Wine and Beer
Cleaning products
Fresh Juice and Kombucha Bar

We love hearing from our customers and welcome your feedback. If we haven't got a product in stock that you require, let us know and we will do our best to find it for you.

Pop back to The Health Corner soon for lots of useful health information, recipes, product features and more.