beauty concept skin aging. anti-aging procedures, rejuvenation, lifting,Okinawan Japanese love of ‘purple sweet potatoes’ is good news for Sujon’s blackcurrant consumers concerned about aging!

A UK research team visited the Island of Okinawa in Japan and spent a lot of time talking to the Okinawans. They wanted to understand how and why Okinawans seemed to age better than virtually any other social group on earth. Brain disease amongst the Okinawans was 50% that of Western societies; they had on average 80% less chance of a heart-related health issue than Western societies; and they lived longer.

The Okinawan diet was believed to hold the key for their elevated anti-aging health statistics with Okinawan’s eating an extraordinary amount of purple sweet potatoes: on average half a KG each per day.

The research team was headed by Dr Paul Kroon, of the Institute for Food Research, Norwich University, in the United Kingdom. Dr Kroon explained in the interview that he believed the anthocyanin’s in the sweet potatoes were the cause of the benefits. Anthocyanin’s give foods a distinctive vibrantly purple colour.

According to Dr Kroon’s research Purple Sweet Potatoes contain 53mg/100gm of anthocyanin’s. Other foods tested by the team were: blueberries 161mg/100gm; blackberries 161mg/100gm; aubergine 86mg/100gm; red cabbage 40mg/100gm. But they found that the star of the purple food group were blackcurrants with an exceptional 592mg/100gm.

Dr Kroon’s advice for Western societies was to enjoy more purple food in the diet and especially blackcurrants.

Sujon’s frozen blackcurrants (available throughout NZ in supermarkets) and Sujon Blackcurrant powder (available on-line or in most health food stores) are rich in purple anthocyanin’s! Both can be enjoyed as part of a regular balanced nutritional diet.

Important: the above information addresses the topic of aging and will be of strong interest to many Sujon blog-readers. It certainly signals an exciting nutritional concept. But it is important to stress the following:

•The research is indicative of a possible value to humans but nothing is proven yet.

•The amount of blackcurrants needed to provide any possible value to humans isn’t known yet and people should enjoy blackcurrants as part of a balanced diet of many foods; especially fruits and vegetables.

•Readers should not use the above information in any way to treat themselves without discussing first with their medical advisor.

‘The Berryblogger’.

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Sujon Smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant powder

¾ cup Orange or apple juice

Fruit toppings –  Sujon’s blueberries and a kiwifruit!

Coconut flakes (add as a topping for an extra crunch!)

Chia seeds – for added topping

Method:

Blend the Sujon Blackcurrant powder and juice in a blender until smooth

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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