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Hemp products and the benefit of using it in your diet Hemp seeds are a rich source of nutrients.  Part of the hemp plant, these seeds are technically a nut that can be eaten raw or used to make milk, oil, cheese substitutes, or protein powder.  While related to the cannabis plant, hemp seeds have little to none of the psychoactive compound THC found in marijuana. Hemp seeds contain high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.  The shells add fibre to the diet, and grinding the seeds helps the body to absorb more of the other nutrients. If...

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Cacao, Cocoa, and why it matters to know the difference People often ask me what is the difference between cacao and cocoa, and why it matters.  My short answer is always cacao is raw and cocoa is refined.  I try to compare it with brown and white sugar, but that is also not correct, as, although we believe brown sugar is better, neither brown or white sugar is good for you. One of our values at the Deli is that we strive to have comprehensive product knowledge.  We use our products in our own cooking.  If it is something we...

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Canadian Maple Syrup (imported) It should not be necessary to say "Canadian" when referring to Maple Syrup, but, as with many other things, there are so many imitations out there that it is sometimes better to validate your product. Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees.  Our maple syrup has an amber colour and a rich taste.  It is absolutely lovely with cheese on a croissant! Most people will walk just pass maple syrup when seeing the price tag.  Yes, it is expensive, but so is a...

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Olive Marmalades (not Tapenade) We all know tapenade, although only a handful of people really loves and enjoys it.  One of the main rasons why people don't want to try tapenade is because it contains anchovies & capers, not something everyone enjoys. Traditionally marmalades are fruit preserves made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water.  Over the years we were introduced to a new generation of marmalades, less traditional in the South African context.  The most popular would be Onion Marmalade (of which we have in the Deli in the form of a preserve)....

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It is all about drop After a previous Product Focus Monday on all the Dutch produce, we had a client asking us about Drop from Holland.  And once we had that in the store, another client asked us about Schoolkrijt.  The results ... within a week we expanded our Dutch products with three well known sweets from Holland. Zachte Zoete drop has a taste of pure liquorice extract, "salmiak salt" and anise and Zachte Zoute drop has a full salmiac ammoniac flavour, while Schoolkrijt is a spicy liquorice stick covered in a sweet, crisp, minty shell. All three products, Zachte...

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