Jack’s Nut Butters
These nut butters are blends of healthful ingredients handled with love and mixed with intention. Some of my major inspirations have been traditional foodways, sustainable farming practices and a desire to be a keeper and protector of the honeybee and their fellow pollinators.
I look forward to sharing more with you and I encourage everyone to be mindful about the food we all grow and eat. I sincerely hope that these foods will be your medicine as well as your indulgence.
Almonds and walnuts naturally have a protective coating of phytic acids to keep them from sprouting too early in nature. Unfortunately these acids, when eaten by humans, inhibit our digestive enzymes. What does this mean? Well, it means that our bodies can’t absorb all of the good stuff listed on the “Nutritional Facts” of raw or roasted almond butters. What can we do about this? Sprout the nuts to leach out those pesky phytic acids! The process of soaking almonds for 7+ hours is referred to as “sprouting” because it tricks the almond into releasing it’s protective coating of acids, and starts the biological awakening of the nut into further growth.
After soaking the nuts the water is drained out, we then dehydrate the almonds (and walnuts) at temperatures that allow the nut oils to remain stable, and we end up with crispy nuts that are more digestible, more delicious and pack more bio-available nutrients than raw or roasted nuts. Combined with our other awesome ingredients, all sourced as sustainably as possible (every time), what you end up with is, simply put, magickal.
Bees and Biodynamics
Almond trees require pollinators in order to fruit and provide us with nuts. Most almond farms are mono-crops, so native pollinators and honeybees can’t typically live near large almond farms year-round since there is no food for them while the almond trees aren’t in bloom. This means trucking large amounts of bees from all over North America to California for the annual almond pollination. This massive gathering of bee hives is a vector for pollinator diseases and also threatens the health of the honeybees in particular through poorly regulated pesticide use in the almond groves. The stress of travel imposed on the bees combined with pesticides and other industrial factors creates a perfect storm for the demise of the honeybee.
As a beekeeper Jack searched for almonds grown a better way and he was more than pleased to find Marian Farms Biodynamic, a medium-sized diversified farm growing almonds, citrus and grapes in Fresno, California. Biodynamic agriculture considers our farms and gardens to be living organisms that exist within a dynamic cosmos. With best practices such as composting, crop diversification and intelligent water management this agricultural movement aims to heal our relationship with the earth and feed our bodies and souls. Jack believes that crop diversification and smaller farms are one of the keys to ensuring a healthy future for our pollinators.
Bee Helpful and Informed
Please visit the Marian Farms Biodynamic website for information on their almonds and Biodynamic farming practices.
For more information about Honeybee health visit the website of Jack’s beekeeping teacher Gunther Hauk and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, VA.
And to find out what you and your community can do to help make the world a safer place for the pollinators please visit Bee City, USA.
With deeper awareness and educated spending we can help our little flying friends survive and thrive.