Recent research has shown that juices and extracts from the NZ Blackadder variety of blackcurrant contains Mono-amine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s) which is why it is thought to be useful in protecting and supporting healthy brain function. But these same inhibitors (found in some anti-depressants) can interfere with certain medications so people being treated for conditions such as Parkinson’s or depression should consult their medical professional before consuming any Blackadder variety blackcurrant juices or extracts. Sujon Berryfruits Frozen blackcurrant berries and Blackcurrant Powders contain no Blackadder juice or by-product. Sujon uses only NZ-grown Ben Ard blackcurrants in its product range but Sujon Berryfruits does recommend that if you are on any MAOI medication the safest approach is to avoid taking any blackcurrant product until you have discussed the matter with your medical professional.

2016 Highlights: 

  • Sujon Berryfruits New Zealand’s Number One Frozen Retail Berry Brand.
  • Sujon’s pioneering sport research continues to result in some wonderful news for global athletes.
  • Sujon welcomes top NZ food industry execs Bob Major and John Molyneux to Sujon’s governance and management team: Bob as Chairman and John as CEO.
  • Our best Christmas berry recipe ever!

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  • Sujon was the pioneer of national frozen berry production and marketing in NZ. Sourcing and producing best-berries will always be our core business so we were thrilled that: Sujon is the Number One NZ retail frozen fruit brand in NZ supermarkets (Source: Aztec MAT NZ retail statistics July 2016).
  • The team at Sujon Berryfruits pioneered the world’s first research into the use of blackcurrants for sports stamina and sport recovery. Over the years that pioneering research has resulted in some amazing research being done by top world scientists in their fields. This year Professor Mark Willems and his team in the UK had their research on sports recovery using NZ blackcurrants published in ‘The Sport and Exercise Scientist’ (Full research paper here). Professor Willems and Sujon Berryfruits have worked together on a number of projects; in 2015 Prof Willems came to Nelson to visit the team that started the global “blackcurrant-sport research concept” and review his work with us. Expect more blackcurrant research to be published in 2017.
  • With all these things happening, we realised we needed help to capture the potential of our work to date and continue to create jobs for our staff and increased market opportunities for our growers. And so, this year, we were thrilled to have Bob Major join the company as Chairman and John Molyneux as CEO. Bob has an amazing background as Chairman or Director for a number of highly entrepreneurial NZ exporting companies and John Molyneux as a very successful consultant for high-tech R&D for food producer groups. The depth of knowledge these two bring to our team means we really can continue our goal to be a world leader in creating global demand for New Zealand berry-based consumer products.
  • And our recipe pick for you to enjoy this Christmas has been a favourite of ours for some years: a Christmas Mince Pie created for us that makes a truly unique kiwi-flavour: a delectable easy-to-bake sweet pie that can be enjoyed hot or cold, at the dinner table or out on a kiwi picnic! (Recipe here)
A Safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
From the Sujon Team.

 

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Hi, I’m Colin Stuart, The Blackcurrant Man from Nelson, New Zealand. Just thought i’d let you in on our little secret… Now, it is well known that blackcurrants have so much healthy goodness packed inside; with more antioxidants and Vitamin C than any other fruit or vegetable, blackcurrants really are their own nutritional powerhouse!

But, what if we told you we know someone who has managed to package all this sunshine goodness, so you can benefit all year round? It’s called Sujon Blackcurrant Powder and it’s made in Nelson, New Zealand by the company Sujon. A well established berry fruit company, Sue and John Gibb founded the company over 30 years ago and they branded it ‘Sujon’ after their two names.

When you take Sujon Blackcurrant Powder, one of the main benefits you’ll find is that it increases your blood flow. With increased blood flow you can absorb extra oxygen into your working joints and muscles. This also helps with any joint or muscle pain, aiding muscle recovery, which is a reason why a lot of elite athletes around the world are using Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

So when it comes to your wellness for everyday and in sport, this little beauty – Sujon Blackcurrant Powder is something to have in your cupboard all year round. You can purchase Sujon Blackcurrant powder directly from Sujon here and it helps to know they’re currently offering free shipping worldwide.

Yours in health,

Colin Stuart- The Blackcurrant Man.

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A long established Sujon classic. This fantastic Blackcurrant Pie recipe made with whole fruit is delicious. Serve it with a scoop of ice-cream, whipped cream or your favourite yogurt.

Serve: 4  Prep: 35 minutes Cook: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 grams plain white flourblackcurrant-pie-web-size
  • a pinch of salt
  • 120 grams butter
  • 50 grams castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Sujon Frozen Blackcurrants
  • 1/8 cup of plain white flour
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • a little extra beaten egg

Sweet Pastry:

  • Sift the first measure of flour and salt into a large bowl or food processor.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour either with your hands or using the food processor, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Whisk the castor sugar and egg together and add to the mixture to make a firm dough.
  • On a lightly floured bench knead the mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
  • Handle as little as possible to prevent the pastry from becoming hard when baked.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • On a lightly floured board carefully roll out half of the pastry until it’s approximately 5mm thick.
  • Take half the dough and line a small 20cm pie dish with the pastry.
  • Just before adding the Sujon blackcurrant to the pie base, toss them together with the 2nd measure of flour and caster sugar. Pile the floured Sujon blackcurrants into the pie base.
  • Roll out second dough on floured surface to size of your pie dish. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Arrange 6 strips across pie. Form lattice by arranging 6 strips diagonally across first strips. Gently press ends into crust edges.
  • With a pastry brush, lightly coat the top with a little extra beaten egg.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the pastry is gorgeously golden.

 

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*The frozen berries that Sujon stock include: raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, gooseberries, boysenberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, redcurrants, blackberries, mixed berries,

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So easy and delicious, this Sujon Berry Custard Cake recipe whips up in a few minutes and it sure to please being moist, sweet and totally addictive! Serve it up with some whipped cream, yoghurt or be totally decadent with your fav icecream 😉

Ingredients

custard-cake4 eggs (whites separated from yolks), room temp

3/4 cup sugar

120g butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour

2 cups milk lukewarm

1 ½ cups *Sujon Frozen Berries – I use raspberries

Icing sugar for dusting cake

Method
Preheat oven to 190 C. Grease and Line 20 x 20cm baking dish with baking paper, OR you can put the mixture into muffin tins for individual serves.

Separate eggs and beat egg whites to stiff. Set aside.

Beat the egg yolks & sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla.  Beat for two mins.  Add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.

Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together.

Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in.  The batter is very thin at this stage but don’t worry.

Pour batter into baking dish and scatter over raspberries. It will sink into the cake as it bakes.

Bake for approx 60 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and cake doesn’t wobble.

Cool and dust heavily with powdered sugar, ENJOY! 🙂

Thank-you Ross Pettigrew for your wonderful recipe!

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This delicious Berry Chia Jam was made by Elite Athletes- Annika Pfitzinger and Hamish Carson of New Zealand… Thanks guys!

I’m super excited that we can share this recipe with you all, as its very versatile and tasty, without the refined sugar! It can be used as a scrumptious spread on bread, scones or muffins… whichever takes your fancy 😀

Chia jamIngredients 

2tbsp chia seeds
1 cup frozen Sujon frozen berries-slightly defrosted
1tsp Sujon Blackcurrant powder
Juice of half a lemon
1tsp honey or maple syrup

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, crushing berries slightly. Adjust lemon juice and maple syrup to taste. Leave for 1-2 hrs in the fridge to allow the seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken the jam.

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and the jam will last about one week. If you don’t think you will use it all up within a week, you could freeze the jam into ice cube trays for single use.

…It also goes great with cashew cream on banana bread!

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Quinoa (pronounced ‘Keen-wa’) is a complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative. It is one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fibre, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.

Quinoa porridge with berries and spices is a fantastic way to start your day!

Quinoa Breakfast

Cooked Quinoa with blueberries, almonds and spices. The perfect start to your chilly winter morning.

  • 1/4 cup quinoa (makes 1 cup cooked)
  • 1  cup milk (can be non-dairy)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp citrus zest
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen berry mix (My current fav is raspberries & blueberries, but whatever you have will work) &/or 1 tspn Sujon Blackcurrant Powder
  • 2 Tbsp of your fav nuts or seeds
  • Dash of sweetener such as Maple Syrup or honey

Put quinoa, milk and water in pot and bring to boil; then turn down to simmer and add spices, vanilla extract and citrus zest. Cook until quinoa is soft. Throw frozen berries in for a few minutes to soften.

Sweeten to taste and sprinkle over pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy! If you try this recipe at home, snap a photo and tag #LOVEberries so we can see your beautiful creations.

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Perfect for training & general wellness. Elite Cyclist – Emma Grant, Elite Triathlete, NZ – Anneke Jenkins, 5x Triathlon World Champ, Spain – Javi Gomez Noya are just some of the people that love taking Sujon Blackcurrant Powder as part of the training regime.

A lot of people have been asking exactly what is the nutritional makeup of the Sujon blackcurrant powder? And how does it compare to other food sources?

With 22 x’s the Vitamin C of oranges, 5.8 x’s the anthocyanin levels of Blueberries, 139 x’s the  antioxidant levels of Cranberry; Sujon Blackcurrant Powder is a nutritional powerhouse!

Take a look below for a detailed breakdown of the Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

 

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Sujon blackcurrant powder, per 1 tspn (6g):

*48.9 mg Vitamin C

773 antioxidant activity

*134 mg anthocyanins

 

Per 100g Pack of Sujon blackcurrant powder:

*815 mg Vitamin C

12881 antioxidant activity (from excel doc)

*2224 mg anthocyanins

 

Comparing Sujon Blackcurrant Powder to other fruits:

  1. Sujon Blackcurrant powder has 22 x’s the Vitamin C of oranges and 8.76 x’s the Vitamin C of Kiwifruit.
  2. Sujon Blackcurrant powder has 5.76 x’s the anthocyanin levels of Blueberries, 16 x’s that of Cranberries and 18 x’s that of cherries
  3. Sujon Blackcurrant powder has the 139 x’s the  antioxidant levels of Cranberry,  207 x’s antioxidant level of plums, 208 x’s the antioxidant level of Blueberries, 245 x’s the antioxidant level of Blackberries

 

Your RDI for Vitamin C

**RDI Vitamin C is 45mg/day.

  1. With 1 tspn of Sujon Blackcurrant powder giving you 48.9mg of Vitamin C this gives you your RDI which is 45mg/day

 

Notes

^Oranges, whole have 36mg Vit C/100g, blackcurrants, (whole fruit, not freeze-dried) have 160mg Vit C/100g

Sources

*Cawthron Institute S35082-1 Antioxidant activity (Orac assay) Dr Carolyn Lister et al

**Nutrient Reference Value for Australia & NZ http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/n35.pdf

^Plant & Food NZ 2014 http://www.foodcomposition.co.nz/system/files/concise-11-edition.pdf

http://www.nzblackcurrants.com/vitamin-c/

http://www.nzblackcurrants.com/anthocyanins/

http://www.nzblackcurrants.com/antioxidants/

 

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Mixed Berry Bread Pudding is a delicious overnight dessert, made with day
old French or Italian bread, strawberries, boysenberries, raspberries and blueberries; and topped with a sweet blueberry sauce that will feed a crowd for breakfast or brunch!

Prep time: 15 minsshutterstock_309101618
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 10

Ingredients

Bread
12 slices day-old French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
16 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes (Can use light)
1 ½ cups frozen Sujon Mixed Berries (can always use other favourite Sujon berries here!)
½ cup raisins

Custard
2Tbspn Custard Powder
2 cups milk (can use coconut or almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tbspn honey (can also use maple syrup)

Blueberry Sauce
1 cup frozen Sujon blueberries (can always use other favourite Sujon berries here!)
½ cup water/ OR apple/orange juice if you want sweeter sauce
2 tsp tapioca powder (can use arrowroot instead)
Optional – 2 Tbspn honey (can also use maple syrup)

Instructions

  1. Bread: Grease casserole dish. Put half the bread cubes into the dish and top with the cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of mixed berries over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes and raisens.
  2. Custard: Mix custard powder and sugar with ¼ cup (60mL) of the milk in a saucepan, stir until mixed in then add 1 ¾ cups milk (440ml) into the custard mixture. Heat to boiling, then simmer for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly. Pour over the bread cubes, cool first. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
  4. Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 to 30 minutes, until centre is firm and surface is lightly browned.
  5. Blueberry Sauce: Place the blueberries and water (or juice) In a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until bubbling. Slightly smash some of the blueberries with the back of a fork. In a small bowl, stir together the arrowroot powder and 1 Tbs. of water. Remove the saucepan of berries from the heat. While stirring constantly, add the arrowroot mixture into the blueberry mixture pour over the baked French toast. Sprinkle some of your favourite nuts on top & serve.

ENJOY:-)

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Phil Hyatt challenges everyone to try the Gibb diet.

“About 6 months ago John Gibb tried to encourage me to include in my day-to-day diet, some blackcurrants. My answer was a bit dismissive and yes I love blackcurrants, believe in their goodness and often have a Blackcurrant drink etc but did nothing.  I had a similar lecture from John about three weeks ago so decided to give this chosen fruit of ours a go. I started having a small quantity of blackcurrants with my weet-bix in the morning, just a small handful.

After about three days Raewyn enquired if I was feeling any effect from my new diet, I did the usual dismissive answer but later in the day I thought I am feeling good today. That was two weeks ago and since then..

“I haven’t had so much energy for a long time, I feel great, am motivated more then ever”.

(Yesterday I left to go diving in the Sounds at 5am drove fblackcurrant click throughor 2 .5 hours, boating in rough waters for 4 hours, scuba dive for 2 hours then drive home cleaned up the boat, scallops and crayfish then went and finished mowing, spot spraying a block of blackcurrants).

I used to do that sort of thing all the time in my thirties not these days in my late fifties. There is something very special about this product and…

“I feel a bit stupid having grown blackcurrants for 30 years and never really given them a go. I challenge every one of you to try the Gibb diet”.

– Phill Hyat, Blackcurrant Grower for over 30 years, currently growing blackcurrants at Upper Moutere’s Sunrise Valley and at Tapawera in the Motueka Valley.

Editors note; Phil was eating Sujon Blackcurrants… The Sujon Team wonder how he’d feel if he had the Sujon Blackcurrant powder!

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