Minus 8 Vinegars & Verjus

Minus 8 Vinegars & Verjus

Minus 8 produce a selection of vinegars and verjus that top chefs have been using since 2001. Since we established our links with the Rungis Market we have had extremely positive feedback from those who have ordered from the Minus 8 collection. Minus 8 Origins. The name Minus 8 originates from the temperature at which the grapes are picked. Grown on a family owned and operated 100 acre vineyard in Niagara, Canada, the grapes benefit from the regions warm summers and cold winters. The grapes are picked well past their normal harvest in the winter months when the temperature drops to at least -8⁰C.  Over the autumn, the grapes oxidise on the vine and they start to dehydrate which adds to the complexity of the flavour through the concentrations of the acids, sugars and flavours in the grape. When the temperature is -8⁰C or below the water within the grape begins to turn into ice inside the fruit which leaves the acid, sugars and most importantly the flavour in a liquid form making them perfect for pressing. The grapes are picked by hand, usually at night as the temperature is at its lowest before being pressed immediately at freezing temperatures which extracts the purest of juices resulting in a dark, raisin colour with a soft sweetness and fruitiness. Similar in body to a balsamic vinegar and in depth to an aged sherry vinegar, Minus 8 vinegars starts with a variety of up to 8 different varieties of red and white grapes, turned into wine which is then slowly fermented. Blended using the solera method where batches from previous years...
Artichoke in season & looking good

Artichoke in season & looking good

The artichoke has been one of the best looking products in our fridges over the last couple of weeks. We have had some fantastic globe artichoke varieties as well as a good supply of Jerusalem artichokes. When in season we usually keep at least one variety of globe artichoke in stock. For those seeking a specific artichoke variety we would suggest signing up our Rungis market update which will contain many different artichoke options. Globe Artichoke. A variety of a species of thistle, the globe artichoke is cultivated as a food and considered to be the ‘true’ artichoke. The edible part of the thistle plant consists of the flower buds before the flower blooms. The artichoke flower head is a cluster of lots of budding small flowers, also known as an inflorescence with many bracts on a base (or ‘heart’) which is edible however, the tough outside leaves and the furry central choke and surrounding leaves are not. The plant becomes course and barely edible as the structure changes once the buds bloom.  Cultivation of globe artichoke is predominantly concentrated in countries which border the Mediterranean basin with the main producers in Europe being Spain, France and Italy. In Monterey County, United States, Castroville proclaims itself to be “The Artichoke Centre of the World” as it holds the annual Castroville Artichoke Festival and Monterey County provides around 80% of the U.S. crop. The best globe artichokes are those which have tightly packed, crisp green (or purple- depending on variety) leaves with a slight bottom. Fresh artichokes feel heavy for their size and when the bud is gently squeezed the...
Supply Scilly & Expo West

Supply Scilly & Expo West

Supply Scilly. Supply Scilly was our second trade show of the year.  The venue for this year’s Supply Scilly show had moved from previous years and was at the Town Hall in Hugh Town. Although the venue has changed the friendly greetings and responses the team received was very enthusiastic. Over the two days visitors came from businesses from all over St Mary’s and the off Islands ( Tresco, St Martin’s, St Agnes & Bryher)  to sample a range of Plough to Plate products and to discuss the up coming season. Supply Scilly First Look. As the Plough to Plate range continues to grow, Supply Scilly was a great opportunity to showcase some of the products we have added since last year’s show. We also had some delicious samples from Hobbs House, Buttermilk and Exploding Bakery which helped to keep our stand extremely busy throughout the two days. The new look Plough to Plate brochures were also very well received and will no doubt result in a wide range of artisan products being available throughout the five islands. As the above images show we also took a range of local produce and a selection of inspiring produce from the Rungis market. We look forward to working with all the businesses on the Scillys in 2016 and hope we continue to provide them with the highest quality fresh and ambient produce. Expo West. Hot on the heels of Supply Scilly came Expo South West, as this is the biggest trade show of the year we always try to improve our stand and ensure it keeps people talking and is more...
OlFactory – Speciality Cornish Coffee Roasters

OlFactory – Speciality Cornish Coffee Roasters

Introducing OlFactory Coffee Roasters. Coffee obsession lead to Angel Parushev to abandon his background in law and set up OlFactory in 2013. Based in the Old Brewery Yard on the outskirts of Penryn, Cornwall, with the simple ethos of wanting to make good coffee. The team are committed to producing the finest quality seasonal coffee. By experimenting, testing, sampling and flavour profiling Angel and his dedicated team ensure that the very best flavour characteristics are extracted from each bean. Angel is so dedicated to his craft that he had a Diedrich roaster hand built in America to his own specifications. This unique machine is capable of roasting twelve kilos of beans at a time. The flavour produced is dependent on many elements including the regions weather, the density of the bean and the variety available. OlFactory place an enormous emphasis on ethically sourcing their beans and developing sustainable working relationships with farmers and green bean brokers. Meaning that every bean that is roasted by them has made a positive contribution towards a better future for all involved in the production chain. Following 6 months of experimentation and research the OlFactory micro-roastery officially roasted their first beans on the 21st of April 2014. Since then the roastery has become a must visit destination for coffee lovers in Cornwall. OlFactory coffee is also the brew of choice in a variety of cafes and restaurants through out the county. For those that attended Expo South West this year you may of had the chance to speak to Angel or sample one of his delicious blends as we installed a mini coffee bar at one end of...