Australians are turning to organic products more and more but how can we be sure they are 100% organic other than perhaps the price difference.?
- Australian Organic is the leading industry body responsible for ensuring organic standards in Australia remain in the hands of the industry. It represents organic products and retailers, and ensures products are authentically organic through its certified bud logo.
- Australian demand for certified organic products is skyrocketing with $1.93 billion dollars generated in domestic sales for 2018 across a wide range of products. The figure is up $256 million from domestic sales of $1.67 billion for 2017 with the total Australian organic industry now worth $2.6 billion and growing year on year.
Niki mentioned the value and ethics of organic products and the importance of certification standards.
It pays to read the label, but Australia should get in line with the rest of the world in adhering to better labelling for organic products in the global market, so that consumers when they buy organic, are assured that it truly is organic..
- The body that owns Australia’s most respected and recognised organic logo, Biological Farmers of Australia, or BFA, has changed its name to Australian Organic.
- There’s an Aegean legend about a girl called Cynara…who to cut a long story short got to be made into a goddess. However she was spotted returning to her earthly family whom she missed and for her troubles was turned into the plant we know as the artichoke or Cynara ascolymus. This legends originates about 370 BC.
- Ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes a delicacy and as well as an aphrodisiac.
- Artichokes, including leaves, were thought to be a diuretic, a breath freshener and even a deodorant.
- Beginning about 800 A.D., North African Moors begin cultivating artichokes in the area of Granada, Spain.
- It’s also known as the French artichoke and the crown artichoke, but is not related to the Jerusalem artichoke, which is actually a tuber.
- The floral parts in the centre and base of the flower (the choke) must be removed before eating.
What Artichokes Need?
- For cold districts, Globe Artichokes won’t put up with the really cold winters.For these gardeners, choose a cold hardy variety from your local garden centre and grow it as an annual.
- Artichokes can be planted from seed now, but it’s far easier to plant suckers.
- Once mature, they’re fairly resilient.