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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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This is Part One in a series focusing on the New Zealand Blackcurrant and the effect on human health.

“New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than blackcurrants grown elsewhere globally, and higher than blueberries, acai and goji etc., which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruit worldwide”.– C. Lister, Antioxidants, a health revolution, All you need to know about antioxidants, NZ Institute for Crop & Food Research, 2003.

Due to the unique commercial blackcurrant varieties grown and high levels of UV sunlight experienced in New Zealand, these blackcurrant berries produce the highest level of phytosterols of any commercially grown fruit on the planet, with anthocyanins figuring prominently. The New Zealand blackcurrant is therefore a powerhouse of antioxidants, with an antioxidant level of 7600umol Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC) per serve compared to blueberries at 5200 umol TEAC per serve (source: C. Lister et al., The nutritional composition and health benefits of New Zealand tamarillos, Crop & Food Research Confidential Report No. 1281, 2005, page 17, table 14: Antioxidant activity (as measured by the ABTS assay) of some foods and supplements on a per 100 g basis and per standard serving).

Much of the antioxidant activity is based around the coloured compounds in the blackcurrant – the intense rich black-red, provided by the anthocyanins. New Zealand varieties contain as much as 700mg/100g fresh fruit. This compares very favourably with many blueberries at around 100-200mg/100g. Research undertaken by Dr Roger Hurst and his team at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd. (Plant & Food Research) has shown that compared to – for example – USA blackcurrants the anthocyanin levels are significantly higher in the New Zealand cultivars such as “Ben Ard”, “Ben Rua”, “Blackadder”, “Magnus” and two “New Selections (1&2)” from their new cultivar breeding programmes. (source: B. Schrage et al., Evaluating the health benefits of fruits for physical fitness: A research platform, Journal of Berry Research 1 (2010), 35-44).

Scientists at Plant & Food Research have also shown that premium New Zealand blackcurrants have a higher total antioxidant activity than blackcurrants grown elsewhere globally, and higher than blueberries, acai and goji etc., which has often been reported as having the richest antioxidant levels of fruit worldwide. (source: http://www.barkers.co.nz/index.cfm/NEWS/LATEST_RESEARCH/Anthocyanins___The_Practical_Reality_For_New_Zealanders, C. Lister, Antioxidants, a health revolution, All you need to know about antioxidants, New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research, 2003, ISBN 0-478-10832-X)

Around 75% of New Zealand commercial blackcurrant production lies in the cultivars ‘Ben Ard’ and ‘Ben Rua’.  Scientists in New Zealand have found that the high UV intensity and unique climatic conditions specific to the geographic region are causing the blackcurrant varieties in New Zealand to produce the unusually high levels of polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, we believe to be the highest of any cultivated food in the world.

The benefits are numerous, Chia seed one of the most powerful foods imaginable is said to increase brain power and body strength.

Another Sujon.co.nz article - Chia an ancient Superfood RECIPEThe following recipe  makes approx. 2 litres and lasts a week. It’s used by Clifton boxers Nat Stuart and Dawn Dickey before and after training and they say it really helps with their energy levels and recovery.

RECIPE (So simple!)

1/2 cup Chia Seeds

3 cups water

6 Tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant Powder Supplement

 

DIRECTIONS

Mix half a cup of Chia Seeds with 3 cups of water and leave in fridge to set, mix 6 Tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant Powder with warm water to make a smooth paste and then mix paste with Chia seeds, keep in fridge. A nutritional feed when you need ;D

Several top Kiwi athletes and teams are already using Sujon as well as overseas professionals. Many of these athletes have been drug tested and all results have been negative.

NZ Blackcurrants are packed with phytochemicals which Scientists believe have the potential to affect several diseases and have strong anti-inflammatory effects and are a strong aid for muscle recovery.

Some scientists now believe phytochemicals from berries and plants are the only true natural aid to muscle recovery that you can get… Well Sujon blackcurrant powder tops it in the phytochemicals so it may be the only naturally effective aid out there, what do you think?

George Bennett, NZ Pro Road Cyclist - A Sujon Blackcurrant Powder taker.

George Bennett, NZ Pro Road Cyclist – A Sujon Blackcurrant Powder taker.

Alex Jordon NZ 400m Champion. Another Sujon Blackcurrant Powder taker

Alex Jordon NZ 400m Champion. Another Sujon Blackcurrant Powder taker

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  1. Add fresh thawed berries to your cereal or plain yoghurt
  2. In a container, add a touch of sugar or icing sugar or honey to frozen boysenberries. By lunch they are thawed, fresh & delicious
  3. Whip up a berry smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dessert
  4. Make a fruit salad with any berry and a combo of melon and kiwifruit cubes
  5. Top a green salad with feta cheese and ½ cup of blueberries or raspberries, drizzle with vinaigrette or lemon juice
  6. Top biscuits with blackberries, canned peaches or apricots and cream cheese for a quick snack or lunch
  7. Make a fruit cup by hollowing out a melon, add avocado slices, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries, sprinkle with some vinaigrette. Make a savoury dinner cup by adding canned tuna.
  8. Lightly mash together ½ cup of raspberries and ¼ cup of low-fat ricotta cheese, then drizzle with chocolate syrup, or liqueur for a decadent dessert.
  9. Puree Raspberries, strawberries or blackberries and use as a melba sauce with French lamb cutlets or white meats. Ellagic acid is in the seeds, so try not to sift them out.
  10. Add redcurrants to your favourite fruit juice and freeze into ice block sticks.

New research shows that increased intakes of anthocyanins (the antioxidant pigments from Fruit & veges) may reduce blood vessel hardening and improve overall heart health.

The intakes of anthocyanins associated witht these findings could be incorporated into your daily diet by eating two serves of berries a day or 2 heaped teaspoons of Sujon powder, which is packed with anthocyanins.

Source: Amercial Journal of Clinical Nutrition 10.3945/ajcn.112.042036. “Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central. Blood pressure in women”

Time is tight and especially at this time of year you don’t want to get up too early as it’s just too cold! I always like to start the day as best I can, which starts with the best food. So here is how I have been doing it for ages and it works great for me! I tend to not have this smoothie every day but rather when I’m exercising… I do a lot of climbing so it’s great for muscle recovery. I also find that with the protein powder it really fills you up so you’re not constantly looking for that next snack. I put the brazil nuts in because New Zealand’s soil lacks in selenium, so we must get it from somewhere!

Ingredients

1 cup of Rice Milk
1 Tbsp. Ginger- cut up
3 Tbsp. of natural whey protein powder (I get 1kg of ‘Red8’ from  www.healthy.co.nz)
3 Brazil Nuts
1 Banana
2 Tbsp. of Easy-yo natural yogurt
1 Tsp. of Sujon Blackcurrant Powder

Put it all in a blender, pour into your travel mug and you’re away!

Have a great day 🙂

Crispen said ‘Sujon is amazing – it delays you hitting your anaerobic threshold – you can keep going for longer’.

“I’ve noticed it delays you hitting your anaerobic threshold and even though you know your legs are getting tired, you don’t get muscle soreness, which allows you to carry on going”.

Crispin trained for his first Virgin London Marathon this year and used Sujon as part of his programme. He hoped to finish in under three and a half hours and did just that – completing in 3:25.

Ultimately he has his sights set on representing Britain in longer-course triathalon events.

“I can’t believe something so natural can have such a profound effect. Having found it improves my endurance this will really help with my goal of competing at full Ironman level. Muscle recovery is going to be even more important than before and I know the difference Sujon makes in this respect.

“The great thing is it’s all natural, does not affect your stomach and is simple to take, you don’t need much and you can have it with anything. I get a bigger buzz from this than a cup of tea in the morning too – it really helps to get you going.”

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“Competing around the world and representing New Zealand for ten years with the Wheel Blacks (aka Wheelchair Rugby), I have put my shoulders through a lot of pain! Turning 30 last year was a bit of a wakeup call…. I still have the passion to perform at the top, but I was noticing it was taking me longer to recover from training sessions. I realised I needed to be proactive about looking after my body, not only to continue to excel, but to make sure my shoulders will keep me moving for the rest of my life. Sujon (Blackcurrant) Sport powder is allowing my training to keep up with my work ethic and I’m waking up every day feeling good.”

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Sujon Blackcurrants are the berries of Champions and Sujon a Champion of the global blackcurrant industry says the International Blackcurrant Association!

In a world first, an elite national sports team has adopted a Blackcurrant powder as part of its training programme. The Netherlands Elite National Triathlon 2011 team is now using the Sujon blackcurrant powder as part of its training programme and build-up for Olympic qualification. The special formulation if the result of 4 years research and development for the Nelson-Golden Bay based company Sujon Berryfruits. Although the Sujon powder has an affinity with most sports codes international triathletes in particular are adopting it for the high stress the sport’s three disciplines puts on the human body.

New Zealand-based Dutch Sports Medicine practitioner and coach, Dr John Hellemans is contracted to the Dutch National Triathlete team. Dr Hellemans was responsible for a four month training session with the team based in New Zealand. After carrying out an assessment of the science, Dr Hellemans trialled the team on the Sujon blackcurrant powder:

“These athletes place themselves under tremendous physiological stress….includes training in an hypoxic (altitude) environment…the recovery process is paramount…the Sujon blackcurrant powder is natural and safe…the athletes responded favourably to the initial trial…some of the key athletes within the programme won’t (now) train without it,” says Dr Hellemans.

The 2011 Netherlands National Triathlon Elite team became the first national sports team in the world to use a natural Blackcurrant powder as part of their training programme. The powder, developed by New Zealand company, Sujon Berryfruits, assists recovery from physiological stress after training.

Blackcurrants have traditionally been used for cold remedy (based on high Vitamin C content) but the phenomenal purple polyphenols that create blackcurrants legendary colour brilliance also seem responsible for a whole range of physiological function support and especially for recovery after high stress sport training.

But not all blackcurrants are the same and not all powders are the same. Sujon’s powder is developed from a specific cultivar of blackcurrants grown in an area of New Zealand that has the highest average sunshine hours and intense UV light, coupled with high day-night temperature variation during key parts of the growing season. The high UV light causes the blackcurrants to produce high levels of polyphenols for protection of their own DNA. High day-night temperature differences help lock that increased polyphenol content in the berries.

The Sujon blackcurrant powder and its potential to help sportspeople was recognised at the International Blackcurrant Association Conference in Netherlands in May this year with Sujon declared one of the emerging innovation champions of the global blackcurrant industry. 

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