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$20 from this package goes directly to Slow Food USA!
This year, we are proud to be collaborating with Slow Food USA to offer an
Ark of Taste Thanksgiving Collection
to promote rare and endangered products from across America.
We must eat them to save them!
This collection includes a selection of ready-to-eat Ark of Taste pantry products:
One 13oz bottle each of Cranberry and Ginger Shrub
Two 6oz bags of American Native Pecans
One 16oz box of Blonde Dates
One 8oz jar of Sourwood Honey
The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. Since 1996, more than 1,100 products from over 50 countries have been added to the International Ark of Taste. Over 200 of these foods are from the USA, and we are always seeking more edible treasures to include.
The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country's diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.
All pantry items ship for delivery during the week of November 17th. Ark of Taste products ship in their own special packaging and do not count towards our $349 free shipping offer.
Shrub is a colonial-day drink whose name is derived from the Arabic word sharab, to drink. It is a concentrated syrup made from fruit, vinegar, and sugar that is traditionally mixed with water to create a refreshing drink that is simultaneously tart and sweet. In the nineteenth-century, the drink was often spiked with brandy or rum. Ubiquitous in colonial times, the use of shrubs as a flavoring for tonic and sodas subsided with increasing industrial production of foods.
The entire shrub market was practically ceased until the Tait family in Pennsylvania revived the drink in 1982.
American Native Pecans, Midwest
Originally renowned for their tough, difficult to crack shells, pecan is derived from 'pacane,' which comes from the Algonquin word meaning "nut so hard as to require a stone to crack." American native pecans have a sweet natural flavor. They are now threated by competition with the larger, hybridized southern varieties that have thin, easily crackable shells. The sweeter flavor found in the northern native pecan is perhaps due to the shorter growing season, which produces a higher concentration of monounsaturated oil.
With most industrial pecan trees being grafted, cloned or hybridized, the average nut size is three times larger than a wild, native pecan. This industrialized production produces five times as many pounds per acre but loses out when it comes to taste. With wild pecan trees as old as George Washington, Missouri Northern Pecan Growers is optimally sustainable and is committed to providing naturally healthy and tasty organic pecans. Missouri Northern Pecan Growers have been picking pecans since 1974 and became certified organic in 2003.
Blonde Beauty Dates, Southwest
Blonde Beauty Dates are a medium-sweet, creamy, soft date, a healthful, natural treat that is higher in potassium than bananas. The Blonde Beauty variety is thought to have originated in the 1900's from the seed of a Deglet Noor that J. H. Northrop planted on his property near Indio, CA. Floyd and Bess Shields came to the California desert in 1924 and acquired Northrop’s property, part of Shields Date Garden. Dates are an important part of the culture of the Coachella desert, where festivals celebrating them and the region's link to the Middle East continue.
Sourwood Honey, Southeast
The scarcity of Sourwood honey can be attributed to the very small amount of sourwood trees currently growing. The medium-height tree is indigenous to the United States and grows from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia. This honey is harvested from deep in the Great Smoky Mountains where the trees typically bloom from June to August.
The bloom period is quite short and beekeepers must time themselves accordingly in order to ensure that the bees do not harvest any nectar from other flowering plants. Its flavor is floral and light with hints of baking spices and anise. Its texture is defined by a smooth, caramel buttery quality. People sometimes liken the flavor to gingerbread and note a “twang” in the aftertaste.
Mike and his wife have been have been making the trek to the Great Smokey Mountains since 2005 where their bees can pollinate Sourwood Trees right beside National Park Service Property.
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