A frequently overlooked way to enhance and optimize your health with whole food is to use herbs and spices – unprocessed and organically grown, of course.
Courtesy of their low calories, density of vitamins and minerals, and high antioxidant content, herbs and spices can powerfully support your health. Some contain even greater antioxidant levels than many fruits and vegetables.
Two such spices that come from valuable botanical roots in the ginger family are turmeric and ginger itself.
Used for thousands of years in India and China for culinary purposes, turmeric continues to be highly regarded and is part of India’s Ayurveda system. This spice is considered an adaptogen and is valued for its potential cellular-supporting and antioxidant properties.
Ginger has played an important role for over 5,000 years in Chinese, Ayurvedic and culinary traditions around the globe.
Ginger is well-known for not only adding pleasing flavor to foods, but also for its potential digestive-supporting properties.
Why Stop at Organic If There’s an Even Higher Achievable Quality Level?
There are many organic turmeric and ginger powder choices available in the marketplace today.
While Certified Organic is a high-quality standard that helps you avoid harmful synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and genetically engineered ingredients (GEs), your food may still lack important nutrients if the soil where it was grown lacks those nutrients.
So, why stop with organic if there’s an even higher achievable quality level?
The bottom line… we didn’t.
We went beyond organic with our Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Turmeric and Ginger Powders. And for the first time ever, these products were also fermented.
The combination of biodynamic and fermentation was no easy task. Breaking new ground, our team worked exclusively with the Demeter Standards Body for Biodynamic Certification to define and achieve Biodynamic Certification of the fermentation processes.
This had simply never been done before…
The end results are nutritious powders derived from ginger family roots grown on small biodynamic tribal farms along India's serene southwest coast, combined with innovative fermentation processes employed in the U.S.:
- Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Turmeric Powder – Using sustainable biodynamic farming principles, the turmeric is fermented to increase bioavailability of the precious curcuminoids found in the rhizome, resulting in a smooth, earthy turmeric flavor. Use in place of standard turmeric to spice-up and season dishes and add to your favorite smoothies or tea.
- Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Ginger Powder – Employing sustainable biodynamic farming principles, the ginger is fermented to increase bioavailability of the precious gingerols found in the root while retaining that characteristic ginger spice. Use in place of standard ginger to season dishes, as well as add to your favorite smoothies or tea.
So why is this combination of biodynamic and fermentation so important when it comes to high-quality nutritious food?
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the details of biodynamic farming to get a better picture…
The Platinum Standard for High-Quality Nutritious Food
The biodynamic concept views a farm as a living organism. It’s a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem that follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics, returning life back to the soil.
Certainly, Certified Organic is a minimum requirement to be insisted on for all our products.
However, Biodynamic Certification elevates the organic standards on sustainable, regenerative agriculture and pushes the envelope on growing nutritious, flavorful food.
Just because a plant is organic doesn’t guarantee it is high quality. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the plant will lack nutrients.
For nutritious plants, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, we believe the best possible way to go is to follow regenerative farming methods.
Demeter Certified Biodynamic® agriculture requires the use of holistic regenerative farming practices to promote the health of the soil, crops and livestock. And this type of farming takes a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.
The world’s oldest ecological certification organization, Demeter sets the Biodynamic Standards just like the National Organic Program (NOP) sets Organic Standards.
Here’s how the two standards compare:
|Allows imported organic fertilizers
||Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
|Allows imported organic pesticides
||Creates a biologically diverse habitat that encourages balanced predator-prey relationships
|Does not require the use of livestock
||Integrates livestock to improve soils
|Does not address the rotation of crops
||Promotes crop rotation and intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil
|Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world
||50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm
|Does not require biodiversity
||10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity
|Focuses on crops and allows for only one section of a farm to be certified
||Focuses on farms as a whole and requires that the entire farm be certified
|Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used
||Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product
If a farm is Demeter Certified, it means that it has also met the Organic Standard, even if it isn’t Certified Organic.
It’s important to note that many organic farmers recognize the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practicing some of the biodynamic methods.
And certainly, Certified Organic is still a very high-quality standard out there. Certified Biodynamic® is simply a step up to an even higher standard.
The Magic of Fermentation
When you use fermented turmeric instead of regular, non-fermented turmeric, you allow your body to take a digestive shortcut.
By fermenting the turmeric ahead of time, you mimic your own digestive process to unlock turmeric’s beneficial compounds.
This improves turmeric’s bioavailability and makes it easier for it to be absorbed into your bloodstream – a real plus if your digestion or gut health isn’t up to par.
With ginger, the most valuable part is the root, or the rhizome that grows underground. Its oily resin contains many bioactive compounds, including 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol and 6-paradol.
With a ginger that’s fermented in advance – with the 6-gingerol already converted into the more bioavailable 6-paradol – your body doesn’t need to do the work.
In essence, this advance fermentation process mimics what a healthy gut with plentiful beneficial microbes does to make ginger bioavailable and effective.
Our U.S. fermentation utilizes a precise, highly controlled process that interrupts the fermentation at its optimal point. This ensures optimal quality and reduces sugar content down to virtually zero.
By incorporating both biodynamic practices and fermentation processes our Solspring® Turmeric and Ginger Powders clearly stand apart from others out there.
The bottom line… to date, no other turmeric and ginger products are both Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and employ beneficial fermentation processes in the final product. Our Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Turmeric and Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Ginger Powders are the first of their kind.
Why would you want to settle for second best when you can take advantage of both of these high-quality processes used to create our delicious powders?
Combining Traditional Farming Practices with Biodynamic Certification and More…
Our biodynamic farming partner in India goes beyond simply providing high-quality spices.
Their focus is to promote cultivation, processing and marketing of world class quality organic and biodynamic spices to help marginal farmers achieve sustainable livelihoods. They work exclusively with small, tribal farmers spread across the Western Ghat region of India.
In addition to their biodynamic farms certified by Demeter, our partner also obtains:
- Inspection and certification of organic farms conducted by Control Union Certifications India Pvt. Ltd.
- Certification per the Fairtrade standards by FLOCERT (audit and certification body for Fairtrade Standards).
- ISO 22000 certification: 2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) “AA” certification – the highest possible BRC grade.
They also have a well-established quality assurance laboratory to ensure that the products shipped out are in conformance with the specifications of the buyers.
Their established farmer management system and extensive monitoring at all levels of production and processing, help them ensure transparency of operations and farms for traceability purposes.
To ensure we offer the highest quality products possible, we’re very selective when choosing our partners. And this special one is certainly without exception.
Don’t Settle for Second Best – Spice Up Your Culinary Experiences with These Nutritious Biodynamic Powders
Of course you can find turmeric and ginger powders just about anywhere today. And many organic and a few biodynamic examples are available.
However, you won’t find anything similar in quality or flavor like our Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Turmeric and Ginger Powders – sourced from small farms in India that use only the freshest ingredients with the added bonus of fermentation.
These powders add exciting flavors to help season dishes and to “spice-up” your favorite smoothies and teas.
We strongly believe biodynamic is the wave of the future and exactly what’s needed to ensure that our soils can continue to support agriculture and feed the world.
Why not give biodynamic farmers your vote of support and treat yourself to a truly extraordinary culinary experience by ordering the first ever Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Turmeric and Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Ginger Powders today?