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MUST WATCH VIDEO
"Brad Makes Garlic Miso"
It's Alive / Bon Appétit
We just LOVE this super awesome "Brad Makes Garlic Miso" video from by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Manager, Brad Leone! What we love the most is that Brad is using our American-made, organic Miso Master Miso to ferment the garlic into umami perfection. Brad completes the video by preparing a "delicious garlic-infused miso soup" ... YUM!
LEARN MORE ABOUT GARLIC'S MAGICAL "ALLICIN" over at AllicinFacts >
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Mock Mincemeat Pie
This tasty Mock Mincemeat Pie is a fruit-filled, plant-based twist on a classic holiday pie. Yes, this fruit filled and fruit juice sweetened pie has all the holiday spices and that one special and surprising ingredient, our American made, organic Miso Master Sweet White Miso. The holidays never tasted so good! Wishing you and yours a memorable holiday season filled with sweet memory making moments.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Hearty Holiday Gravy with Miso Master Mellow White Miso
Enjoy this delicious vegan Hearty Holiday Gravy seasoned with our American-made Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso along with the unique flavor of nutritional yeast. Perfect served with holiday meals over mashed potatoes, whole grains or vegetable dishes. Wishing you and your family an enjoyable holiday season centered around many memorable, healthy meals!
HAIKU Organic Japanese Teas
New Packaging ...
Same Delicious Teas!
Our Haiku Organic Japanese Teas are now packaged in our bright and beautiful newly designed boxes. Our organic Haiku Organic Japanese Sencha Green Tea is packaged in a green and white box with a large easy to spot green tea leaf on front, so its easy to see and grab off your local, organic market's shelf. The Haiku Organic Japanese Hojicha Roasted Green Tea is packaged in a red and white box with a large red tea leaf and you'll find our popular, low caffeine Haiku Organic Japanese Kukicha Twig Tea package in a deep purple with a purple tea leaf on the front.
All of our Haiku Organic Japanese Teas are made from the highest quality tea, naturally produced for the finest flavored Japanese teas in the world. Try them for yourself, taste the difference and be prepared to become a Haiku Japanese Tea fan.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Creamy Squash Soup with Miso Master Sweet White Miso
Autumn is pumpkin and squash season. What better way to bring in the autumn season than a delicious bowl of Creamy Squash Soup seasoned with our American-made, organic Miso Master Sweet White Miso! This recipe uses coconut milk so it is vegan friendly and so good.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Lemon-Mustard Broiled Flounder
We hope that you will enjoy testing out this "Lemon-Mustard Broiled Flounder" recipe which is our Recipe of the Month for September. This simple to prepare, flavor-filled fish dish is seasoned with lemon, mustard and our #American-made, #organic, Miso Master Mellow White Miso. Click here for a printable recipe that you can prepare and enjoy with family and friends.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Soba Nori Rolls
These tasty, homemade Soba Nori Rolls are filled with our Organic Planet Organic Soba Noodles (in place of sushi rice) and rolled in our Emerald Cove Organic Toasted Sushi Nori. Let your creativity go and add your favorite fillings. Be sure to invite family and friends over to roll own because everyone loves nori rolls!
CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE RECIPE >
RECIPE PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
Our Emerald Cove Organic Toasted Sushi Nori is ready-to-roll right out of the package! Homemade sushi nori rolls have never been easier to prepare. And we can't forget to mention how absolutely delicious these tasty sheets of nori are. Some of our fans eat them right out of the package as a snack. Use them to make your favorite rice, quinoa, or soba nori rolls. Use your imagination to create your own supreme sushi rolls. Impress your family and friends by sharing your homemade sushi nori rolls at family gatherings and potlucks.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Green Tea Smoothie
What could be more cooling on a warm spring day than a refreshing smoothie?
We like to add a twist of our Haiku Organic Japanese Sencha Green Tea to our smoothies to enjoy all the goodness of green tea and as an late morning or early afternoon pick-up.
This recipe calls for frozen strawberries (be sure to use organic!) and frozen bananas, however you can get creative and try your favorite frozen fruits.
Haiku Organic Japanese Sencha Green Tea is made from the finest new spring buds and leaves of the tea bush. Each of our teabags are filled with two full grams of delicious, 100% Japanese Organic Sencha Tea.
MISO MASTER SPRING GIVEAWAY
Miso Master Umami Giveaway
Be sure to enter our spring 2018 Miso Master Umami Giveaway for a chance to win some awesome goodies, including our Miso Master Organic Miso Tamari, Emperor's Kitchen Organic Whole Shiitake Mushrooms, Emperor's Kitchen Organic Chopped Garlic, Emperor's Kitchen Organic Kuzu and a copy of Japanese Foods That Heal by Jan and John Belleme to make some healthy, "umami" dishes at home!
We will choose one lucky winner on June 21, 2018.
Hurry and enter TODAY and share this giveaway with your family and friends!
Read More About UMAMI
The umami flavor is a very special one. Many of our Great Eastern Sun products including our Miso Master Miso add this unique flavor to dishes from breakfast to desserts. We're excited to share the Umami Information Center with you to learn more about this incredibly delicious extra fifth flavor.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: April 2018
Spring has arrived at last here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here at Great Eastern Sun, we enjoy organic gardening, cooking with the seasons and shopping at our local tailgate markets. As the weather warms, we switch out warming vegetable soups with more pasta and veggie dishes such as this "Udon Salad" our Recipe of the Month for April made with our tasty Organic Planet Traditional Whole Wheat Udon noodles.
This tasty Udon Salad is tossed with a delicious dressing made with our handcrafted, Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: March 2018
Enjoy this delicious Sweet and Sour Sauce over your favorite stir-fry, Asian-style pasta or rice dishes! This tasty classic sauce features two of our Emperor’s Kitchen customer favorites, our Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Kuzu, and Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Pureed Ginger. Our Sweet Cloud Organic Brown Rice Syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Emperor's Kitchen Organic Kuzu
Emperor’s Kitchen Organic Kuzu is harvested and processed in the labor-intensive traditional way, which takes place beginning in December when the roots are swollen with starch. The roots are dug by hand, the starch is separated from the fibrous roots by repeated washing and straining, and the resulting mash is air-dried for sixty days. Kuzu is used much like cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken gravies and sauces, naturally. USDA Organic | Non-GMO
Kuzu's Healing Power
Kuzu has been used in East Asia as an important medicine in traditional pharmacopeia for more than 2,000 years. The starch that makes kuzu such an outstanding jelling and thickening agent in cooking is partly responsible for its medicinal action. Some of kuzu’s complex starch molecules enter the intestines and relieve the discomfort caused by overacidity, bacterial infection, and, in the case of diarrhea, excess water.
In many instances of abdominal aches and intestinal irritation, a cup of simple kuzu cream (kuzu with umeboshi paste, shoyu, and fresh ginger juice) brings quick relief, particularly with children, who often do not like the taste of over-the-counter medications. Kuzu cream is also very useful against colds, stomach cramps, diarrhea, neutralizing stomach acidity, and relaxing tight muscles.
Kuzu also contains a very high concentration of flavonoids, powerful natural antioxidants, which contribute to this plant’s strong medicinal effect on digestive and circulatory ailments. Flavonoids also inhibit the contraction of smooth muscle tissue, thereby increasing blood flow and relieving cramping in the intestines.
The medicinal effects of kuzu’s flavonoids were proven during numerous clinical studies in China in the 1970’s. These published studies showed that crude kuzu root preparations or their extracted flavonoids, given as injections or taken orally, Researchers also report that flavonoids lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of forming blood clots, protect the heart against cardiovascular disease, and protect the brain by dilating cerebral microvessels to increase blood flow. reduce high blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, and relieve chronic migraine headaches.
Like some soy foods such as miso, kuzu root contains high concentrations of phytoestrogens, plant biochemicals that can influence the hormonal system. Kuzu’s capacity to regulate estrogen levels in mammals was demonstrated at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo, Japan, where tests showed that kuzu could prevent the bone loss induced by estrogen deficiency. Scientists involved in the study stated, “Kuzu root may represent a potential alternative medicine for hormone replacement therapy in the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.”
INTERESTING ARTICLES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KUZU / KUDZU
The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South Smithsonian Magazine >
Did You Know You Can Eat Kudzu Kitchn >
Arrowroot and Kudzu ~ What's the Difference? Veg Family >
Benefits of Kudzu Isoflavones LIVESTRONG >
This Root May Be the Key to Natural Anxiety Relief Organic Authority >
Kudzu Flower Jelly Southern Forager >
Vegan Pie Fillings KCRW Blog >
Kudzu Takes Root in Southern Culture Our State Magazine >
" In 2009, researchers found that compounds called isoflavones in the kudzu root could help control diabetes by helping to regulate blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose. Folk herbalists have long claimed kudzu as a remedy for alcoholism and hangovers and scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have investigated the kudzu compound puerarin as a potential treatment for alcohol problems."
GREAT EASTERN SUN'S HEALTHY TABLE ~ FEBRUARY 2018
Sweet Valentine Treat with Miso!
Many miso fans might be surprised to learn that miso is a popular ingredient in desserts and tasty treats like our Recipe of the Month, Miso Chocolate Truffles! Miso adds that perfect balancing touch to tone the sweetness of these delectable little gems.
In Melissa Clark's interview "From Matcha to Miso, 7 Japanese Ingredients You Can Add to Desserts", Kyotofu author, Nicole Bermensolo shares just how to incorporate this unique "umami" ingredient to desserts. In this interview, Melissa asks Nicole, "I've had miso soup, and it's a very savory flavor. How do you use that in a dessert?" and Nicole shared, "Miso is great. It's one of my favorite ingredients of all-time. The reason that I like it so much is because it's salty and it can be used as a salt replacer. But it has all kinds of interesting flavor dimensions to it. It has the umami, it has the butteriness, a little bit of nuttiness. When you add it to something that goes well with something kind of salty and savory like chocolate or caramel, miso just adds this whole other dimension that you don't get with just straight salt."
So, yes! Miso can be used in desserts and you can try our Miso Chocolate Truffles ~ Recipe of the Month to test using our, low-sodium Miso Master Organic Sweet White Miso. Hope that you enjoy a sweet Valentine's Day!
Miso Chocolate Truffles Printable Recipe of the Month >
Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Shiro-an Cream
by Nicole Bermensolo on The Spendid Table website >
WIN FREE MISO MASTER MISO!
We love giveaways! It's fun to spotlight some of our awesome organic and natural brands and products that we're so proud of, especially our American-made, organic Miso Master Miso. If you would like to read our Miso Master story, check out our new "Miso Master Miso Heritage" story on Facebook.
The Marvelous Miso Master Giveaway winnings includes some additional Great Eastern Sun:
The winner will also receive a copy of The Miso Cookbook by John & Jan Belleme and an American-made Glass Miso Mug!
It's easy to enter and share this marvelous giveaway and share with your family and friends. Click the link below for more details and to enter by February 28, 2018. Good Luck!
BRU Broth with Miso Master Organic Chickpea Miso
It's always super exciting to see other brands using some of our organic products as ingredients in their products! The creative makers of BRU Broth (the 1st Organic Cold Pressed Bone Broth Beverage) have added the goodness of fresh pressed superfoods to their tasty organic bone broths and including our organic, soy-free, Miso Master Chickpea Miso! to three of their six tasty BRU broths.
Here at Great Eastern Sun we're proud to offer a large variety of healthy, organic, traditional, and macrobiotic foods,
including Miso Master American Made Miso, Emerald Cove Sea Vegetables, Emperor's Kitchen and Sushi Sonic Asian condiments, Mother India Organics traditional Indian meals, Organic Planet Organic Noodles, Haiku Organic Japanese and One World Black Teas.
We also want to be a source for you to learn more about the benefits and how to prepare all the natural and organic foods and ingredients that we offer through our Great Eastern Sun's Healthy Table blog. We hope that you enjoy in good health!
Preparing Haiku Japanese
Organic Sencha Tea