At Try The World, we take pride in working with small companies around the world that respect culinary traditions, while helping to protect their local environment. Whether it’s a rice farm in Thailand or collecting sea salt in southern France, the producers and products we feature in our boxes have beautiful making stories.
No matter where our next box comes from, we’re constantly on the hunt for the most authentic product, but also ones that are sustainably produced. We strive to collaborate with everyone: from people who run certified-organic farms, to families who follow traditional methods of production, and even large companies that support local workers and use sustainable means of production.
1. Chiwadi, Thailand
Instead of retiring after almost 30 years in the workforce, Chiwadi’s founder Sarapee Yuadyong decided to follow her calling and help struggling locals in Thailand. A few months ago, we had an exclusive interview with her and learned all about her delicious vinegar.
Sarapee invented a new technique to harvest coconut flower nectar (a syrup very similar to honey) and created a network of farmers who grow, harvest, and produce various coconut products sustainably.
2. Le Saunier de Camargue, France
For hundreds of years, fleur de sel (or finishing salt) has been harvested from the naturally pink salt flats of Camargue on the French Mediterranean coast. These salt flats span over 145,000 hectares and are home to an incredible number of plant and animal species that thrive within this unique ecosystem.
Saunier de Camargue keeps its finishing salt tradition alive by maintaining the biodiversity in this area. Sauniers (harvesters) rake sea water every day of the year and then collect the sun-dried crystals—all in the same way as they did centuries ago.
3. Biokia, Finland
In Finland’s northern wilderness, Biokia harvests a range of berries—such as bilberries, lingonberries, and blueberries—in places that are still untouched by human development.
These berries are packed with healthful fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, but they’re also harvested by hand so as to preserve the forest and berry plants. We love all of their healthy products!
4. Dip & Scoop, Morocco
A cooperative of Berber women in Morocco, Dip & Scoop makes their products around the sustainable production of argan oil, a Moroccan specialty that can be used for both cosmetic and culinary purposes. Dip & Scoop ensures the preservation of these precious trees by following sustainable harvesting methods. Plus, the cooperative helps women find employment in the region!
Highly prized for its virtuous qualities, the oil is harvested from the argan tree (which is now a part of UNESCO’s biosphere reserve) by hand-picking the tree’s fruit, allowing them to dry in the sun, and cracking them open to access the kernel inside. The kernel is then toasted and pressed to release the oil.
5. Mogi Caffè, Italy
The brother-sister duo behind Mogi Caffè partners with a variety of non profit organizations to make their premium coffee ground and beans. Slow Foods International, for example, is an organization that aims to protect local food culture, was the inspiration behind their Ethic coffee label.
Other social projects offered job opportunities to detainees and people who had fallen under social difficulties. In addition to humanitarian causes, Mogi also grows coffee trees that are planted among other plants, so as to preserve the biodiversity of the area. Even their packaging is sustainable: by separating the outer plastic and inner paper, the packaging is 100% recyclable.
6. Hands on Earth, Portugal
To promote sustainability and healthful living, Hands on Earth is a small company located in Northern Portugal that produces all-organic herbs and seasonings using local ingredients. Hands on Earth also aims to educate their consumers about the benefits of organic and sustainable farming.
7. Sindyanna of Galilee, Israel
Situated in the Nazareth, a land home to both rich history and prolonged violence, is Sindyanna – a fair-trade organization dedicated to Israeli-Arab solidarity and the empowerment of Arab women in Israel. A while back, we did an exclusive interview with them.
Sindyanna has improved the farming industry in Israel by transforming dilapidated farmland into flourishing organic farms and selecting crops that are better adapted to growing in Israel’s arid climate. Today, other farms in the region follow Sindyanna’s example.
8. Jasberry, Thailand
Not only is this purple rice full of healthful antioxidants and fiber (and free of GMOs and 100% organic), but the company itself aims to improve the conditions of impoverished rice farmers in Thailand.
Jasberry is so dedicated to sustainable production that the company does not obligate the farmers who they work with to give their harvest back to Jasberry. As long as it’s grown sustainably, farmers can have seeds for free and sell their harvest to whomever they choose.
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