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We are pleased to announce this product is now certified organic by Japan's strict standards. The product has been produced in accordance with organic standards for some time, so rest assured there is no change in the content of the product.
One full bag of 1kg (2.2lbs) certified organic fresh frozen chopped kale from the Netherlands, Europe. No use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. GMO-free. Freshly harvested, blanched, chopped, compressed into dices, and then individually flash-frozen (IQF) for freshness and quality. When it comes to green vegetables, kale is the most popular together with spinach. Compared to spinach, kale is slightly bitter. The most popular way to prepare kale is smoothy. Followed by soup and pasta.
Blanching is a non-chemical simple process of scalding the vegetables for 60 seconds in 90°C (200°F) hot water and then shock cooling in ice water to stop the cooking process. Blanching stops enzyme actions that cause loss of flavor, color, and texture, it also cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color, and helps to preserve the vitamins.
This product is certified Japan Agricultural Standard Organic (JAS) - both in the country of origin and Japan. Japan has one of the world's strictest organic certification standards. But what does certified organic mean when it comes to fruits and vegetables?
✔ Free of harmful synthetic chemical inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge.
✔ Free of genetically modified seeds (non-GMO)
✔ The farmland and soil in use have at least been 3 years free of any chemical treatment before the harvest has been certified as organic.
✔ Organic certifications come with multiple audits or on-site visits a year. Organic producers are rigidly checked and inspected by governmental bodies or certified third parties. Organic certification requires detailed bookkeeping and documentation. This makes organic produce technically 100% traceable from farm to table.
✔ Organic certification standards require a strict separation of non-organic certified produce starting from the farmland, soil, harvesting, processing, export, and even import and storage.
✔ Organic farming is a more sustainable alternative when it comes to food production. The lack of harmful pesticides and a wider variety of plants enhances biodiversity and results in better soil quality and reduced pollution from fertilizer or pesticide run-off.
✔ Organic vegetables and fruits are produced mostly by family-owned farms that own smaller acres of organic land. Although the demand is increasing, organic land does not even make 30% of all farmland in any given country (Japan ranks at the very bottom!). This makes organic farming lucrative and more profitable for farmers and gives them a fair chance to live a sustainable life and support their local communities.
✔ Certified organic in Japan and Australia (as well as in most industrialized countries) is a protected word and the use is legally restricted, meaning that you can be rest assured that Horizon Farms is an officially registered certified organic importer and all organic imported produce has been inspected and verified in the export country as well as in Japan.
It is also important to mention that organic produce is more cost-intensive. Organic farming has lower yields compared to conventional farming and is oftentimes more labor-intensive as well. Additionally, organic certification and auditions require annual fees for producers, exporters, and importers resulting in higher prices for the end consumers.
|Package Dimensions||16 x 9 x 30cm (6.2" x 3.5" x 11.8")|
|Shipping||Shipping and delivery is frozen|
|Handling||Keep frozen below -18°C (0°F)|
|Expiration||Check product label, usually more than 12 months.|
|Packaging||Resealable food-grade aluminum pouch|
|Country of Origin||Netherlands
|Importer||Horizon Farms, Inc.
|Organic Certificates||Organic Japan Agricultural Standard (JAS) - Certificate Number: OCO UNY-02081101
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) - Certificate Number: 10817
|Nutritional Facts||100g serving size
Total Fat: 0.2g
Total Carbohydrate: 3.8g
Translated from Japanese: The kale is frozen in the shape of a cube, so it’s easy to use. You can use the required amount according to the dish you prepare. It’s easy to arrange because it’s not seasoned. I will always reorder it.
Order number: 367826-20220415-0857451485
Great taste and ultra convenient. Love adding this to smoothies
Translated from Japanese: I purchased them to make smoothies.
I’m satisfied with how easy it is to make a very delicious smoothie.
Instead of ice, you can use these cubes in their frozen state, so you don't need to put ice and you can get a rich smoothie.
I tried to eat a little bit of what remained in sherbet shape without completely melting, and there was almost no bitterness and it was delicious.
I'm happy that it’s safe. Kale is expensive, so the cost-performance is good, and I'll order again when it's gone.
It’s my first time buying this. It’s very convenient and easy to use . Just take out one or more cube from the freezer and put it in your soup , stir frying , almost any cooking. I also bought the organic free-range chicken and mix this frozen kale and blend them in the food processor to make meat balls for my baby , it’s so delicious .
Translated from Japanese: I always drink it in a smoothie with protein, bananas and other leafy vegetables. It’s useful because it has no odor and can be easily mixed even if it’s put in a mixer while frozen.