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WW11 fighter pilots ate bilberry preserves to enhance their night vision. Blackcurrants contain even higher levels of similar compounds found in bilberries.

Blackcurrants upclose with ends      The diets of our forebears were filled with fruits, berries such as blackcurrants, vegetables and meat. While our knowledge and understanding of our health has certainly come a long way, our cave dwelling compatriots were right about one thing – berries. Long established folklore dating back many centuries records that berries were used for their claimed medicinal benefits in alleviating a wide variety of health conditions from sore throats, to cardiovascular conditions, relief of eye strain, cancers, benefits in the onset of aging conditions and even in the treatment of urinary infections. While such claims are being increasingly subjected to careful on-going scientific investigation and scrutiny, there are increasing reports to suggest very real health benefits can arise from consuming berry fruit.

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SPREADING THE WORD: Sujon Managing Director John Gibb and Sue Gibb filmed in their Factory for a media campaing in Japan.

Reported benefits around Blackcurrants having a positive impact on eye health and vision is not surprising due to earlier claims that WW11 fighter pilots in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) regularly consumed bilberry preserves because they enhanced their night vision. Blackcurrants contain similar compounds to bilberries but in higher levels. This led to international researchers investigating whether Blackcurrants do have a substantive effect on eyesight. They were excited to find out that Blackcurrants assist eyesight in several ways:

  • Improve eyesight focus
  • Help adapt eyes to darkness
  • Improve blood circulation

This is just the beginning for the humble berry and now further possible health benefits relating to Blackcurrant are being investigated including: Control of diabetes, Prevention of memory loss and slowing down the effects of ageing and disease.

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Below you will find some Top Tips to planting your very own bumper crop!

  1.   Plant boysenberries in free draining soil from June to August.
  2.   Boysenberries are best planted in a sunny sheltered spot.
  3.   Feed regularly with seaweed foliage sprays & liquid fish fertilisers.
  4.   Cut off the old canes in winter as new ones will grow.
  5.   Water plants daily from when they start to flower and all through summer.Boysenberries

 

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blackProfessor Mark Willems visited Sujon as part of a tour of the NZ Blackcurrant industry. Prof Willems is using Sujon blackcurrant powder for a number of sports-based research projects in 2016. For a summary of his 2015 work check out our website: http://www.sujonpowder.com/latestresearch.htm

Our Sujon powder is also being used in an MBIE-funded NZ-Japan Joint 3 year research programme looking at the potential of blackcurrant phytonutrients to assist in glycation. This research could have huge relevance for metabolic syndrome and diabetes!

GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR FROZEN SUJON® BERRIES - Another sujon.co.nz articleOur Sujon frozen berries continue to be the market leader in NZ and we’re proud of the one-to-one relationships we have developed with our grower-suppliers.

 

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From left: Emma Grant (Professional Cyclist), Michelle Manson (Sujon), Sue and John Gibb (Sujon), Anneke Jenkins, NZ Triathlete, and Javier Gomez (Spanish Triathlete)

…And to all those athletes around the world who use our Sujon powder under a non-Disclosure Agreement: we understand why and CONGRATULATIONS on your individual and team achievements in 2015: we’re proud you trust us and our product and that in some small way we are part of your successes.

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Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients sangria
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup Sujon blueberries
1 cup Sujon raspberries
1 cup Sujon blackberries
1×750-ml bottle Pinot noir wine
Soda, chilled
Mint & Lemon for garnish

Directions
Combine the honey with a tablespoon of water and heat on stovetop or microwave until melted.

In a pitcher, whisk the melted honey with the brandy until evenly combined. Add the berries and stir. Add the wine and stir.

Chill Sangria overnight — or even an hour or two — it really deepens the fruit flavour.

Serve topped with chilled soda (for the sweet tooth you can use ginger ale instead) over ice. Be sure that each serving gets some berries too! Slice the lemon and place one or two slices on top with the mint leaves for garnish.

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Sujon Berries are from…

Posted: December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Our Sujon individual products of Boysenberries, Blackcurrants, Blackberries, Rhubarb and Gooseberries are always from NZ.

Our Raspberries are from Chile/NZ, our Strawberrieberries2s are from USA, South America or NZ, Our Blueberries are from NZ, Canada or Chile.

Our dark Sweet cherries and cranberries are from Canada.

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Frozen blueberriesIt’s very simple. The secret is to use berries that are unwashed and completely dry. Discard berries that look bruised or shriveled. Place the berries, still in their original plastic pack, in a re-sealable plastic bag. Or, transfer berries to freezer containers or resealable freezer bags. The berries will freeze individually and you can remove just the portion you need. Remember to rinse them before using.

Happy freezing :)

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This very simple dessert can be made all year round with Sujon frozen berries.

Serves 4

Ingredients berry parfait
300ml double cream
250g mascarpone
45g (1/4 cup) icing sugar mixture
2 tsp vanilla essence
14 (about 160g) sponge finger biscuits, coarsely chopped
160ml (2/3 cup) Tia Maria
500g Frozen Mixed Berries, just thawed
Chocolate flakes to serve

Directions
1.   Combine the cream, mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla bean paste in a large bowl. Use a balloon whisk to whisk until the mixture thickens slightly and soft peaks form.
2.   Divide half the biscuit among 4 serving glasses. Drizzle over half the Tia Maria. Top with half the berries. Spoon over half the mascarpone mixture. Repeat with the remaining biscuit, Tia Maria, berries and mascarpone mixture.
3.   Place the bowl in the fridge for at least 3 hours to chill.
4.   When serving into pottles top with the chocolate flakes.

Enjoy!  

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Sujon Berryfruits Marketing Manager – Michelle Manson greets Prince Charles. The delicious blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate truffles shown on table ready to be served.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (also known as Charles and Camilla) visited the Mahana winery on  Saturday 7th November. They came to experience a wide range of local Nelson produce that’s been christened “From Source to Serve”. This included dishes prepared by local chefs from local produce matched with local wines, craft beers and cider.

The Duchess of Cornwall is President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association, so a visit to one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions is very fitting. Mahana was chosen as the venue not only for its spectacular views across the Nelson region, taking in mountains, sea and grape vines, but also because it is an organic, gravity-fed winery, which is of particular interest to The Prince of Wales.

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Mouth watering truffles with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants made by Chef Tony Robson-Burrell & delicious wines Blackenbrook and Seifried Estate.

Mahana Estates Chef Tony Robson-Burrell made some to-die-for truffles – a nutrition packed powerhouse of delicious Sujon blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate, which was sourced from allaboutchocolate.co.nz and originalbeans.com .

Keep an eye out as we will be posting on our blog soon this A-mazing Truffle recipe for you all to try :-)

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Truffles made with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants, fit for Royalty ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: http://blog.bobcampbell.nz/2015/11/07/royals-visit-nelson-winery/
Photo Credit: Neil Smith from Chocolate Dog.

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This juicy rack of lamb with blackcurrant and olives on a sweet pumpkin mash with green beans is just delicious. Your guests will love you for it and it is so simple to make.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Lamb rack with blackcurrant and olives on sweet pumpkin mash and green beans Recipe another sujon.co.nz article50g         Sujon Blackcurrants mixed with 50g sugar
50g         Kalamati olives cut into small pieces
40ml       Pinot noir
400g       Pumpkin peeled and cut into wedges
100ml     White wine
100g       Brown sugar
5g           Salt
2g           Pepper
400g       Green beans, sliced
50g         Butter
Rack of lamb
5g           Fresh Thyme &/or Rosemary
10g         Butter
 
 
Directions

Mix the blackcurrants, sugar and olives. Cook the pumpkin with the wine and brown sugar and season with pepper and salt. When soft, mash to a puree. Blanch the beans and sauté in butter until just tender. Season with pepper, salt, and Thyme. Season the lamb and panfry with butter and Rosemary.

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From Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester – Presented at The Blackcurrants NZ Conference, August 2015.

Take Home Facts from Recent Trials – Blackcurrants & Sport

1. New Zealand Blackcurrants improved time by 2.4% in a 16.1 km cycling time-trial performance.

Accepted for publication June 2015 –Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology
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2. New Zealand Blackcurrants increased ‘fat oxidisation’ aka ‘burning fat’ by 27% at exercise intensity of 65% when cycling. (show cycling pic)

Accepted for publication June 2015 – Cook et al, European Journal of Applied Physiology

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Got some unwanted fat? Take Sujon New Zealand Blackcurrant Powder and get cycling!

3. Sujon New Zealand blackcurrant powder resulted in a complete shift of the lactate curve which you normally only get from months & months of endurance training. This complete shift was a 14% decrease in lactate, as shown in graph below.

Accepted for publication March 2015 – Willems et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

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4. In a repeated sprints study, New Zealand blackcurrants improved sprinting distance by 11%.

Accepted for publication March 2015, Perkins et al., International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolismanother sujonpowder.com article

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New Zealand Blackcurrants were only taken for a 7 day period in all of Prof Willems trials. The dose was 6gm of Sujon Blackcurrant Sport powder.

The Question Professor Willems now wants to answer is what is the optimal dosing of New Zealand Blackcurrants in Sports performance?

“Endurance and team sport athletes may consider intake of New Zealand blackcurrant to beneficially enhance training practice, performance and recovery.”

– Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester.

Research on Blackcurrants and Sport So Far
Before 1995 therhits.1jpge were virtually no scientific papers on anthocyanins that are also present in blackcurrants. From 1995 – 2015 we see an explosion of study with nearly 6748 scientific papers on anthocyanins alone, as shown below.
And the studies on ‘Anthocyanins’ and ‘Exercise’ were zero until sometime after 1995. We have still only a mere 23 scientific papers up to 2015, of which only a handful on the effects of blackcurrant.hits

Studies at the University of Chichester were the first on effects of New Zealand blackcurrant during exercise.

So we can see that while we now have good handle on blackcurrants and their health benefits; we are only beginning to fully understand, as scientists and sports-people, the true benefits of blackcurrants in sport.

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