Bush Tomato - Sun dried and ground 20g
Bush tomato (also known as Desert Raisins, Kutjera, akatyerr, yakajirri) is a small fruit of the plant Solanum centrale that grows in arid regions of Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia and is picked when it has been sun dried naturally. It has a savoury raisin/caramel spicy taste. It is great to put a distinctive flavour into your casseroles, relishes, curries, breads, dukkah, crumb mix and salsas. Aboriginals of the arid regions used bush tomatoes as an important food source.
Bush tomatoes contain high levels of iron, folate, potassium and selenium and have a high potassium to sodium ratio of 483. Increasing potassium in the diet helps the kidneys to retain less sodium which helps lower blood pressure. Bush tomatoes also contain zinc, magnesium and calcium. Fresh bush tomatoes contain a lot of Vitamin C but once they are dried, there is little Vitamin C in them.
Selenium is necessary for antioxidant enzymes to function and plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism and production. It acts as an antioxidant helping to prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals.
- Add to casseroles, stews, chutneys, relishes
- Use in bread mixes, sourdough, crumb mixes, dukkahs
- Sprinkle on vegetables for extra nutrition!
No Added Sugar
About Kaiyu Superfoods
- Where possible we source organic fruit to use in our products. We are endeavouring to bring more organic options into our range.
- All our fruit is grown, processed and packed in Australia and where possible sourced locally so that our products have fewer food miles.
- Rather than putting our product in a bigger bag to try and make it look like there is more product, we package our food in the smallest pack possible to reduce waste.
WORKING WITH COMMUNITY
We work with communities that wild harvest fruits sustainably, (making sure a percentage is left for native animals and natural regeneration of the plants). We also source cultivated fruit. Our goal is to be able to mentor indigenous people to be successful growers of native fruits.
CARING FOR COUNTRY
We are working towards being a zero waste business. We use recyclable containers in our food processing and re-use these containers, gloves and bags in our nursery and orchard. All our fruit waste (peel, stones etc) is composted and re-used in our orchard.
In our office, we use recycled paper. We use solar energy in our manufacturing process to reduce the use of fossil fuels and decrease our greenhouse gas emissions. We plant native trees in our orchard to create habitat for birds and other animals and to contribute to biodiversity in our area. We have also established and continue to maintain a revegetation project that is creating habitat for the endangered Regent Parrot in Loxton South Australia.
Freeze Dried Australian Native Foods maintain almost 100% of their nutrient content. This is because a lot less heat is used to dry the foods. Foods are also frozen quickly to conserve nutrients. Methods such as dehydration can also result in loss of nutrients.
The Freeze Drying Process
We place our fruit on trays in the freeze dryer. The fruit is frozen to -40℃ (about 9 hours). A vacuum is created in the freeze dryer chamber and the surrounding pressure is gradually reduced. Once the pressure is at the right level, a small amount of heat is added. The water (ice) in the fruit turns from a solid stage (ice) straight to a gas stage (sublimation). It takes around 30 hours to freeze dry 4kg of fruit. Although, freeze drying does use a bit more energy initially, once freeze-dried, no more energy is needed to store the food, unlike storing food in a freezer.