Berry Blog

We love berries. We eat them every day. Sometimes we cook them, sometimes we eat them straight out of the packet. This blog is our way of sharing and showing off some of the ways we use our berries. We've prepared the recipes in our test kitchen - which doubles as our staff kitchen. We hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas as much as we do.

Orchard Gold Super Fruits Berry Curd

 
Curd is an amazing thing. Both sweet and sour, creamy and fruity, it can really add some wow factor to a standard baked good! We made our berry curd with our Orchard Gold Super Fruits Mixed Berries. The blackcurrants in this mix are quite a sour berry, so it balances perfectly with the sweeter blueberries and sugar in the curd. As curd is quite a sweet thing, we paired it with a plain scone, but we know it would taste good - maybe even better- with some vanilla ice cream!
 
Berry curd with scones




Orchard Gold Super Fruits Berry Curd
3 1/2 cups Orchard Gold Super Fruits Mixed Berries
2/3 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp cornflour
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 eggs
1 Tbsp butter
 
1. Defrost the berries in the microwave, then place the berries in a blend and blend until smooth. To ensure a smooth curd, remove the seeds by pressing the puree through a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Throw the seeds out. You'll need a cup of seedless puree; anything extra can be kept in the fridge for another day.
2. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornflour then stir in the puree, lemon juice and eggs. Over a medium heat, bring the puree to a boil, whisking constantly. Once at a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 minute, or until the curd is thick. 
3. Once thick, remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Leave to cool slightly, before spooning into a container to cool further in the fridge. Refrigerate overnight before using.
 
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Your Daily Dose … Berry Smoothies

Written by FWL team on July 12th, 2012.      0 comments

A Berry Smoothie a great way to get part of your daily dose of berries.  We keep hearing how berries are very good for us – they’re full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.  We’re told they help prevent signs of aging, assist brain function, prevent heart disease and boost your immune system.  They’re a great after-exercise boost.  All this packed into delicious berries … you can’t help but feel great after having a Smoothie packed full of berries. 

Best of all, for those of us with busy lives, they’re quick and easy to make.  All you need is a blender, some berries and some liquid.  There’s a Smoothie for everyone in the family or workplace. 

 

We all have our favourite Berry Smoothie.  Here are some of ours:

 
  • ** Use
    Place 2-3 ice cubes, 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries*, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1-2 tablespoons liquid honey, ⅓ of a standard size banana and 2 cups of milk** into a blender.  Blend for 60 seconds until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.   Serves 2.  Mmmmm.  Enjoy.
    *  Use Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in place of Blueberries.
    Blair has two young sons who enjoy Dad’s Velvet Smoothie:  
    lactose free milk or soy milk in place of regular milk                                                                          
     
  • Carolyn found making and sharing Blueberry Smoothies with her teenage son was a great way to ensure he got something healthy in his day, and an enjoyable way to connect.  For Carolyn’s Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie blend a banana, 4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt, 2 cups Apple Juice, and 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries until smooth. Serves 3. 
     
  • Scott’s after-gym replacement Smoothie:  Blend ½ a banana, 2 heaped tablespoons vanilla protein powder, ½ cup of Orchard Gold Super Berries, and 1½ cups water.  
     
  • Trisha’s Anytime Anywhere Berry Smoothie:  Place 1 cup fruit juice, 1 cup water, and 2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in a blender.  Blend until smooth then strain into glasses.  Alternatively, let the Smoothie sit in the blender for 2 minutes so that the seeds drop to the bottom of the blender then pour the Smoothie into tall glasses, leaving the seeds behind.             
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Look on the packs of Orchard Gold Berry Smoothie for more ideas for berry smoothies, and get your “daily dose” every day. 

What’s your favourite Berry Smoothie?   Why are strawberries so popular in smoothies?  Banana or no Banana?  Dairy or non-dairy?  

 

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Your Daily Dose … Berry Smoothies

Written by FWL team on July 12th, 2012.      0 comments

A Berry Smoothie a great way to get part of your daily dose of berries.  We keep hearing how berries are very good for us – they’re full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.  We’re told they help prevent signs of aging, assist brain function, prevent heart disease and boost your immune system.  They’re a great after-exercise boost.  All this packed into delicious berries … you can’t help but feel great after having a Smoothie packed full of berries. 

Best of all, for those of us with busy lives, they’re quick and easy to make.  All you need is a blender, some berries and some liquid.  There’s a Smoothie for everyone in the family or workplace. 

 

We all have our favourite Berry Smoothie.  Here are some of ours:

 
  • ** Use
    Place 2-3 ice cubes, 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries*, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1-2 tablespoons liquid honey, ⅓ of a standard size banana and 2 cups of milk** into a blender.  Blend for 60 seconds until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.   Serves 2.  Mmmmm.  Enjoy.
    *  Use Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in place of Blueberries.
    Blair has two young sons who enjoy Dad’s Velvet Smoothie:  
    lactose free milk or soy milk in place of regular milk                                                                          
     
  • Carolyn found making and sharing Blueberry Smoothies with her teenage son was a great way to ensure he got something healthy in his day, and an enjoyable way to connect.  For Carolyn’s Blueberry Yoghurt Smoothie blend a banana, 4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt, 2 cups Apple Juice, and 1 cup Orchard Gold Blueberries until smooth. Serves 3. 
     
  • Scott’s after-gym replacement Smoothie:  Blend ½ a banana, 2 heaped tablespoons vanilla protein powder, ½ cup of Orchard Gold Super Berries, and 1½ cups water.  
     
  • Trisha’s Anytime Anywhere Berry Smoothie:  Place 1 cup fruit juice, 1 cup water, and 2 cups Orchard Gold Smoothie Berries in a blender.  Blend until smooth then strain into glasses.  Alternatively, let the Smoothie sit in the blender for 2 minutes so that the seeds drop to the bottom of the blender then pour the Smoothie into tall glasses, leaving the seeds behind.             
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Look on the packs of Orchard Gold Berry Smoothie for more ideas for berry smoothies, and get your “daily dose” every day. 

What’s your favourite Berry Smoothie?   Why are strawberries so popular in smoothies?  Banana or no Banana?  Dairy or non-dairy?  

 

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