Christmas is just around the corner and the pressure of finding the perfect gift for those fussy friends and picky parents is starting to set in. Every year we buy gifts in the hopes of spreading a little joy and making the recipients feel that warm loving feeling knowing that time and effort has been put into thinking about them. The other side of holiday gift buying is a whole lot of waste. According to the Stanford University, in the US alone, there is an extra 25 million tons of trash added to the landfill each year around Christmas.
This is exactly why there is a growing trend toward gift buying that is experience focussed and waste reducing. At West Coast Wild Foods, we are committed to sustainability in our harvesting practices, but this should carry through to our purchasing as well. This Christmas, why not give the gift of gourmet food. Don’t give another plastic item that will be used for a few days and discarded in a drawer somewhere. Give something to be enjoyed and to nourish the recipient.
We know many of our products are new to many of you, so we have taken this opportunity to comb through our catalogue and highlight some of our most popular and uniquest products to up your gift giving this Christmas.
Chaga Herbal Blend
A blend of chaga mushroom, dandelion root, roasted chicory root, cinnamon bark and orange peel, this herbal blend is a perfect coffee substitute. Roasted chicory root has a very similar flavour to coffee, and the chaga adds a depth in flavour and colour to the blend that makes for a full bodied drink. It can be drunk black, with cream or with your favourite dairy alternative.
This is the perfect culinary gift for the coffeeholic on your gift list. There is no caffeine in any of the ingredients, so it can be enjoyed anytime of the day. West Coast Wild Foods Chaga Herbal Blend comes in a 113g resealable bag to lock in freshness.
Morel mushrooms are one of the, if not the, most popular product that we have in our catalogue. Their unique nutty and meaty flavour makes them a standout ingredient in any dish they are added to. And because these are dried morels, they can be kept in a cool dry place for a longer shelf life than fresh morels.
They make the perfect gift for the chef among your gift list because it is such a show-stopping ingredient. Their flavour will make each meal they are a part of an instant favourite. West Coast Wild Foods Dried Morels comes in five different sizes, from 15g to 1lb.
Dried Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle is one of our powerhouse products. It is high in iron, Vitamins A and C, and a whole host of other nutrients. Nettle is a common plant that many know of for the more painful reason of encountering it in a field in the spring or summer, but we are presenting it as the delicious healthy ingredient it should be known as.
Dried stinging nettle can be used in cooking, baking or enjoyed as a refreshing herbal tea. For those that suffer from seasonal allergies or are just always on the lookout for a new tea to try, this is the gift for them. West Coast Wild Foods Dried Stinging Nettle comes in 20g and 40g bags.
Italian Truffle Trio
Truffles are the height of gourmet foods. Our trio of Italian Black Truffle Sauce, Italian White Truffle Sauce and Summer Truffle Sauce are three uniquely delicious sauces to use as a dip or add to pasta or risotto. The Summer Truffle Sauce features Italian bianchetto truffle and garlic. Each of these three sauces has a showstopping flavour and adds a touch of luxury to and dish.
Truffle has a unique and much sought after flavour, and these sauces make the perfect gift for the gourmet chef on your gift list. West Coast Wild Foods Italian Truffle Trio has a resealable lids and can be kept refrigerated for a longer shelf life.
Wild Blueberry Jam
Wild blueberries have an intense flavour, and because they are wild, they don’t have the extra volume of water to them, so their flavour is more concentrated and shines through more easily. This jam is an antioxidant-rich spread to add more depth to the breakfast cupboard. It is a naturally sweet berry, so there is less sugar than most jams.
West Coast Wild Foods Wild Blueberry Jam is a perfect stocking stuffer for someone that enjoys a fine food product. Better yet, they can enjoy it right there on Christmas morning. It comes in a 250ml jar.
The Porcini mushroom is beloved for its earthy and nutty flavour. As a mushroom powder, it is the perfect way to add a wild boost to risottos, pasta dishes and sauces. It is a really versatile ingredient to cook with. That’s why it is so popular with chefs. We dry out our mushrooms slowly to lock in the flavour and not alter it in any way.
West Coast Wild Foods Porcini Powder is the perfect gift for someone that loves to entertain. It is a gourmet flavour enhancing ingredient that doesn’t require a lot of cooking skills to be able to get the full enjoyment out of it. Each package is 50g.
Every product in the West Coast Wild Foods catalogue is a standout item, but these are some of our customers’ favourites and ones that we know make great gifts. We know that it can be hard to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and especially when you are trying to consider your environmental footprint, but we are sure that these six products will be sure to put you in anyone’s good books on Christmas morning. Happy shopping and happy holidays from all of us at West Coast Wild Foods.