Ingredient Round-Up: February 2015

Add flavors and functionality to your formulations with this month's ingredient round-up.

Roasted corn products

Save time with organic IQF Roasted Corn. From salsas to corn chowder, corn adds flavor, texture and color to foods. The company’s roasted corn product is said to handle and store better than raw corn and lend a distinct, smoky flavor to foods. The flavor is achieved with roasting the corn over a live flame, then spreading the kernels in a single layer on slow-moving conveyor through sub-zero air. Applications include salads, salsas, soups, chili, casseroles, risotto dishes, chunky-style cornbread and bean dishes.

Van Drunen Farms; Momence; Ill.

815-472-3100; www.vandrunenfarms.com

Expeller-pressed, non-GMO extracts

Capture the true essence of spices and herbs with the company’s expeller-pressed spice and herb extracts. Made with a patented process, the method involves mechanical pressing of the spices and herbs without organic solvents. The line now includes anise, capsicum, celery, chipotle, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, jalapeno, mace and paprika. The non-GMO products also come in liquid form.

Kalsec; Kalamazoo, Mich.
800-323-9320; www.kalsec.com

Freeze-dried cherry powder
Add flavor and color with Tart Cherry Freeze Dried Powder. Produced from fresh cherries of Balaton variety developed in Hungary, the fruit is known for its high nutrient value and as a source of anthocyanin, a phenolic compound that gives cherries their flavor and color and that help the body adapt and recover from increased physical activity. The company’s freeze-dried powder is ideal for use in supplements, functional foods and beverages. It can also be used in smoothie blends, jams, jellies, ice cream, sauces and juices.

NP Nutra; Gardena, Calif.

310-694-3031; www.npnutra.com

Midwest-grown chia

The company offers the first and only chia grown in the Midwestern United States, no longer keeping manufactures dependent on imported product from tropical climates. The early flowering chia is 100 percent non-GMO and patented. Identical to chia seeds grown elsewhere, the U.S.-grown seeds are available in both charcoal and white and are quality-, consistency- and food safety-assured.

Heartland Chia; Franklin, Ky.

270-776-1340; www.heartlandchia.com

Maryann … or ginger?

Already a popular addition to Asian culinary preparations, aromatic and spicy ginger is also taking the beverage world by storm. Fresh Frozen Ginger Purée is prepared from freshly harvested ginger root that has been fully prepped, then puréed and frozen to enhance the appearance, flavor and nutritional appeal of a range of applications. The purée is available in 4.25-gal. pails or custom pack. The supplier's line of frozen purées also includes Garlic, Lemongrass and a variety of Peppers, all non-GMO, gluten-free and with no artificial ingredients or added colors.

SupHerb Farms; Turlock, Calif.

800-787-4372; supherbfarms.com

Botanical extracts boost flavor

Eflasense is a new line of all-natural liquid extracts with sensory properties to boost flavor and health benefits in products such as beverages, confectionary, dairy, bakery and liquid dietary supplements. The use of herbal extracts is an emerging ingredient trend, and the Eflasense line contains natural botanic extracts from flowers (including chamomile, elderflower and orange blossom); leaves (peppermint, lemon balm and sage); fruits and seeds (fennel and rose hips) and several herbal blends. These essences are obtained from traditional plants and meet the increasing consumer demand for health and wellness products and clean labels. The new line is produced in Switzerland through a gentle process that preserves the delicate flavors and aromatic properties of the ingredients.

Frutarom BU Health; Switzerland

+41 44 782 65 30; www.frutaromhealth.com

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