1. Jasberry rice | Thailand
Jasberry is a new variety of rice from Thailand that has 3 times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. It’s also packed with fiber, making it one of the most healthful varieties in the world. This rice is fair trade and created by a social enterprise that employs small-scale producers and shares a part of their profits with Thai farmers and cooperatives.
2. Goldenberries | Peru
Tart yet sweet, goldenberries are a Peruvian super-fruit that are packed with vitamin C. Villa Andina works with rural farming communities, providing employment and education to locals, to help produce this dried fruit. It is great sprinkled on top of yogurt with nuts or added into trail mixes.
3. Lemongrass ginger tea | Thailand
Grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals and fully organic, this tea is a fragrant and healthful treat that’s delicious at any time of day. The company Chaidim prides itself on it’s wholistic outlook: “What it takes, it gives it back, forming an harmonious lifestyle taking into account the earth, the soil, the natural fauna, the seasons and the workers, up to the final product.” Lemongrass is also renowned for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
4. Lingonberries | Finland
Lingonberries are small, sweet-yet-sour berries and a culinary staple of northern European cuisine. Biokia carefully hand-picks all of their berries and preserves the fruit’s healthful qualities through a unique freezing and drying processes. Biokia also employs local berry pickers in Finland and pays everyone fair wages in compliance with the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility
5. Caperberries | Spain
Caperberries are fruit from the caper plant, and these ones from La Caperelle are grown and harvested by hand in Andalucia, in southeastern Spain. The company’s brining process yields a tender, crunchy, pickled condiment that’s delicious garnished over meats or seafood.
6. Kaffir lime leaves | Thailand
A common ingredient in Thai cuisine, kaffir lime leaves impart wonderful citrus flavor to stir-fried dishes and curries. Lumlum harvests these kaffir lime leaves from trees that are grown using natural fertilizers and environmentally sustainable methods.
7. Pasteli | Greece
Since the 1950s, the Vasilissa family farm has been cultivating raw honey using sustainable methods on Evia, a fertile island just north of Athens. Made with sesame seeds and raw honey, pasteli is a traditional Greek confection sold at street kiosks everywhere.
8. Quinoa | Peru
A quintessential Peruvian grain that’s packed with nutrients, quinoa is harvested from beautiful, technicolor plants that grow in the Andes mountains. Quinoa comes in white, black, and red varieties and serves as a healthy, filling foundation for any bowl.