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In a previous Blog, I profiled one of the global blackcurrant industry’s most respected researchers, Prof Mark Willems, of the University of Chichester in the United Kingdom.

Although most of Prof Willems work has focussed on blackcurrants and exercise physiology his latest published work looks at NZ Blackcurrant powder and support for healthy Blood sugar balance. This research has just been published in Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2017: 7 (7): 483-493.

The research used our Sujon Blackcurrant powder. The paper says that “regular intake of the powder may support healthy blood sugar balance in health individuals and recommends that “future work should examine the effects of regular intake of New Zealand blackcurrant.

In a future column, I’ll explain what conditions cause fruits and vegetables grown in New Zealand (especially blackcurrants grown in the South Canterbury and Motueka Nelson areas) to have a unique polyphenolic profile that may offer a range of significant human health values if included in the diet.

It is important for me to stress the following when I refer to research:

  • Research can be indicative of possible values to humans but most current research requires significant more trials before values are proven.
  • While research is being carried out people should simply enjoy blackcurrants as part of a balanced diet of many foods; especially fruits and vegetables.
  •  Our Sujon Blackcurrant powder is simply whole blackcurrants freeze dried, seeds removed, and then milled to a beautiful richly coloured powder. No additives!
  • No-one should use the above information in any way to treat themselves without discussing first with their medical professional.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet.

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

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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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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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This is just the best cheesecake recipe!

Gluten Free Version: To make this recipe gluten free, it’s simple – just make sure to buy gluten free biscuits. If you like ginger, I’ve tried the gluten free ginger nuts and they taste great in the cheesecake.

TIP: If you want to be uber organized and make this in advance, you can freeze the cheesecake by wrapping in a double layer of glad wrap and a layer of foil – it will freeze for up to 4 weeks.

White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 200g chocolate biscuit crumbs
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 360 grams cream cheese
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 10 g gelatine powder/granules dissolved in 50 ml boiling water, cooled
  • 250 g white chocolate, melted
  • 200 ml Double cream, lightly whipped (best is ‘Lewis Road’ it’s organic- so no additive & stocked at most supermarkets)
  • 150 g frozen *raspberries (do not defrost)
  • 200 g fresh *raspberries
  • icing sugar, to dust
  • 1/2 cup berry jam melted with 2 tbsp boiling water

* You can use any of your favourite berries here. For example, strawberries work great as well.

Directions

  1. Combine the biscuit crumbs and butter and press into the base of a greased 20 cm spring form tin.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and lemon rind using an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the gelatine mixture and chocolate until smooth, then fold in the cream and frozen raspberries.
  3. Pour the filling on to the prepared crumb base and refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Just before eating, decorate with raspberries, pour some of the melted jam over and dust with icing sugar.

 

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NO FUSS… Ice cream made in your blender… DAIRY FREEblueberry icecream dairy free 🙂

SERVES: One large serving, or two small servings.

INGREDIENTS
2 bananas, sliced and frozen overnight or several hours
1/2- 1 cup frozen blueberries (You can swap this out for virtually any berry that takes your fancy!) Find your nearest Sujon stockist here (Blackcurrants, Strawberries, Mixed Berries, Raspberries, Boysenberries, Cranberries…)
2 teaspoons honey

METHOD
Combine all three ingredients in the blender and blend, until creamy.
Make sure all is combined so its thick and smooth… and of course creamy!
Needs to be eaten right away.

ENJOY 🙂

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By Shirley Otton, Tournament Director, Nelson, New Zealand.

Nerves & excitement all round at the start of the Nelson Women's Golf Classic 2016

We are ready for action!

We had a fantastic weekend of golf with great weather reflecting in some good scores.

With 68 players in the field on Saturday and 45 on Sunday there was a good spirit about with everyone having a good time and everything going to plan.

The Sujon Boysenberry juice in the Wendy House at the 15th went down a treat. It was light and refreshing in the hot conditions and just the tonic to calm their nerves and excitement at the chance of winning a car if they holed in one.

It was nice to experience their excitement, but unfortunately, no one holed in one.

The Sujon Frozen berries in the novelty hole prizes were well received, with ladies keen to use them when they got home for a dessert or even make their own juice.

Thank you so much to Sujon Berries for your support and sponsorship.

Frozen berries up for grabs at the Nelson Women's Golf Classic 2016

Sujon frozen berries up for grabs at the Nelson Women’s Golf Classic 2016 #LoveBerries

Have a break, have a Sujon blackcurrant powder drink- Nelson Women's Golf Classic 2016

Have a break, have a Sujon boysenberry drink!

Hole in one and WIN this car at the Nelson Womens Golf Classic 2016

The Hole in one to WIN this car created some excitement!

Ladies quenching their thirst with Sujon Blackcurrant Powder Drink at the Nelson Women's Golf Classic 2016

The ladies quenching their thirst with a Sujon Boysenberry drink, YUM!

Refreshments at the Nelson Women's Golf Classic 2016 Nelson

Sujon refreshments keeping the ladies going strong 🙂

 

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