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South American Specialty and Organic Products

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is a certified organic product ?

avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge; use of farmland that has been free from prohibited chemical inputs for a number of years (often, three or more); for livestock, adhering to specific requirements for feed, housing, and breeding; keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail); maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products; undergoing periodic on-site inspections

What is yerba mate?

It is well known as the source of the beverage called mate, traditionally consumed in Southern South America, particularly Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Chile.] It is also very popular in Syria where it is imported from Argentina. It was first used and cultivated by the Guaraní people and in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to the European colonization. Yerba mate can also be found in energy drinks.Yerba mate contains polyphenols, which may benefit the immune system, and that, when extracted from green tea burns may act as an appetite suppressant and weight loss tool. It also increases mental energy and focus improves mood, and promotes a deeper sleep, however sleep may be affected in people who are sensitive to caffeine.

Why sip mate in a gourd with a bombilla?

Drinking mate with friends and family from a hollow gourd through a metal or cane straw (a bombilla in Spanish), refilling and passing to the next person after finishing the few mouthfuls of beverage, is a common social practice in Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil among people of all ages. It is a way to share camaraderie and conversation.

What is a Fair Trade product?

Fair Trade products are food or crafts that are produced under standards designed to end and prevent the poverty, sweatshop labor conditions, environmental degradation, etc. that are endemic to the free trade “race to the bottom” that puts profits above people and the planet.

What is Dulce de Leche?

Dulce de leche is a combination of milk, vanilla,baking soda and sugar that has been slowly cooked until the sugars caramelize, producing a thick, creamy, intensely flavored spread.

What is a NON GMO product?

The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. NON GMO, means that the product’s DNA has not been artificially altered.