Early cultivation of cacao can be traced back to 400AD and the Mayans. Today’s evolution of the cacao plant gives the beans from which comes raw cacao (powder, nibs and butter). Full of flavanols (antioxidants) benefiting the vascular and circulatory systems, phenylethylamine, serotonin and dopamine which boost the emotions and stimulate the brain, and magnesium to relax.”
“The Tree of Life, coconut palms provide people in the tropics with everything they need, from nutritious food and eating utensils to clothing, tools and shelter. Coconut in our plant cuisine is like diary. It acts as a creamer and binder, and is a key ingredient for desserts and other dishes. We use the meat from young and mature coconuts, the water, milk, cream, oil, sugar, nectar and coconut vinegar.
“This versatile superfood has a high percentage of good saturated fats, naturally occurring electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous potassium and sodium) and is antibacterial, antiviral and alkaline, and aids hydration, digestion and recovery following exercise or sickness.”
3. Raw honey or bee pollen
“Honey is the only truly raw wholefood sweetener. It has an amazing flavour profile and is used in raw desserts and drinks. For me, bee products are another healing super food with amazing nutritional profiles and high enzyme content, carrying the high vibrational energy from flowers.
“Honey has been used medicinally for over two centuries and is renowned for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, boosting energy, memory, even treating wounds and burns. The food of young bees, bee pollen is a flower’s pollen collected and tamped down (in-flight) into a granule by bees. With a high protein content (40 per cent) and a near complete list of life sustaining nutrients, bee pollen is believed to act as a natural antibiotic, boosting the growth of new blood cells, increasing general wellbeing and much more.”
4. Aloe vera
“Aloe vera is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and chromium. Good for the digestive and immune systems, its high polysaccharides content gives steady energy over a long time. This gel has an amazing texture and is great for elixirs, smoothies, salsas, soups, salads, and of course for the skin.
“Called the ‘plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, the cactus aloe vera is known for its gel’s skin healing and soothing properties. It is as beneficial when taken internally, decreasing inflammation in the intestines and stomach, aiding the immune system and circulation.”
5. Rosella / Hibiscus flowers
“Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, rosella has a deliciously tart, berry-like flavour making it an ideal choice for drinks like kombucha tea. In addition Hibiscus flowers are edible, and make a beautiful garnish for desserts and other dishes.
“A species of Hibiscus, Rosella is full of vitamins C, D, B1 and 2 as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, omega 3s and fiber. It has a high antioxidant level, soothing fevers and colds, helps to protect and rejuvenate body cells, increase the metabolism and help lower high blood pressure.”