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A Fresh Garden At Your Fingertips... March 07 2017

Inspired by local farming and eating with the seasons, we like to say that our plant-based products are like having "a fresh garden at your fingertips." 

From preserving to roasting, and cocktails to salads, our Aromatic Finishing SugarsBotanical Savory Blends, and Culinary Essential Oils will truly transform your everyday recipes, adding layers of flavor with ease and simplicity. 

So, here's "the Scoop" on many different ways you can use our products, and don't forget to check out some of our favorites on our Recipe Library...

Coffee & Tea

Cultivating Love - A Valentine’s Day Menu for YOU or TWO January 20 2017

  

Aromatic Adventures & the Treasures of Taste - Arabian Nights

We gals at Terre Botanicals know that you don’t need a significant other to be surrounded by love, especially when showing love for yourself. And what better way to do that than with an enticing meal that will take you on an exotic aromatic journey.

There are many foods that have been revered in worldly history and culture for their symbolism and meaning in addition to their aphrodisiacal qualities.  Our Valentine’s Day menu suggestions incorporate a few of these foods, like…

 

Roses:

Terri, our founder, always says, “Roses are what love tastes like,” and we aren’t just talking about romantic love here. Historically, rose oil has been revered for its use as an aphrodisiac, but also for calming and anti-depressant effects.  It was also popularized by the Egyptians for use in religious ceremonies.

Ginger:

Ginger, with its warming spiciness, was used in folk medicine in ancient times to increase blood circulation and calm digestive upset, and also associated with passion, success, and wealth. 

Jasmine

Appropriately called the “Queen of the Night,” Jasmine’s white flowers are most fragrant at night.  It often represents purity and elegance, explaining why it is known in some cultures as the most significant flower used in wedding ceremonies.

Vanilla:

Vanilla is anything but plain and mundane.  Vanilla beans grow on an orchid-like vine that blooms only one day a year and must often be pollinated by hand. No wonder its enticing aroma has been sought after for centuries!

 

Whether it’s the aphrodisiacal qualities, symbolic significance or simply the aromatic and exotic flavors of this menu that appeal to you, remember, it’s a Valentine’s Day feast fit for two, or just YOU.  So, join us and discover the Treasures of Taste of the Arabian Nights…

 

APPETIZER & BEVERAGE: Rose Petal Darjeeling Cordial Served with Aromatic Cured Olives, Triple-Crème Cheese & Local Honey

Rose Petal Darjeeling Cordial

Aromatic Cured Olives

MAIN COURSE:  Jasmine Dusted Seared Scallops Served with Coconut & Brown Jasmine Rice & Ginger Ghee Sautéed Spinach
Jasmine Seared Scallops
Coconut Brown Jasmine Rice
Ginger Ghee Sauteed Spinach
DESSERT COURSE:  Toasted Vanilla Chocolate Truffles
Toasted Vanilla Chocolate Truffles

Inspiration for the Baker November 23 2016

We are honored to be featured in Bake From Scratch Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide!  They've featured some excellent recipes and products that we're really loving including Dorie Greenspan's new book "Dorie's Cookies" and Artisan Bread Flour from our fellow Arizonans, Hayden Flour Mills.

For a really sweet gift for the bakers in your life, pair one of our Aromatic Finishing Sugars with a subscription to Bake From Scratch Magazine.

Also try the Tart & Pie Box from Hamptons Lane that's filled with crafty kitchen tools and award-winning artisan ingredients for baking and decorating wow-worthy tarts, including our Sweet Orange Finishing Sugar.

Here's to a warm and happy holiday season!

 


Words of Appreciation from Our Friends & Collaborators September 21 2016

We are so grateful for the praise and recognition we have received, and we’d like to thank our supporters, colleagues, and business & retail customers who use our products and give us valuable feedback.

Our passion is to educate and support your efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle by empowering your food choices, and it’s our advocates who aid us in promoting a healthier relationship with sugar and its use as “Mother Nature’s Condiment” rather than a staple food.

Photo by: Jennifer Lind Schutsky

Photo By: Jennifer Lind Schutsky

Anna Zefferys, founder of the Treatmo app store believes, “Flavor creators like Terre Botanicals, based in Phoenix, Arizona, are improving accessibility to better ingredients with the aim of bringing real food and exceptional taste to kitchens everywhere... The beauty of her products is flavor packed into smaller amounts, meaning you can use less and achieve more.” 

Our mission is to do just that… bring you pure plant ingredients that not only inspire, but enhance the vitality of the body, mind, and soul.

In an article for the Phoenix New Times, Jennifer Lind Schutsky writes, “The feeling of being satiated comes, in part, from the aromatic experience of smelling, which can be achieved with aromatics and oils...A dash of a flavored sugar on bitter vegetables, for example, can create a truly aromatic experience.”

Creating a beautiful flavor is like writing a poem, scoring a piece of music or painting a picture. It requires both skill and sensitivity to the beautiful world around us. We hope to pass these time-honored traditions on to you, and to inspire your edible experiences just as Mother Nature has inspired us.

Visit us at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market for the opening of our season on October 22nd, shop our online store, or visit our new mobile app store on Treatmo.

 


Raw Mango & Turmeric Cupcakes from Treatmo Creator Anna Zefferys July 12 2016

For an exotic and fresh summer treat, check out this recipe for raw cupcakes made with mango, coconut and our Turmeric Edible Essential Oil on Treatmo's website.  We love hearing about how others are using our products and coming up with such unique & tasty recipes!  How would you use our Turmeric Edible Essential Oil?

Williams-Sonoma Artisans' Market – Friday, June 3rd! May 31 2016

Come see our founder, Terri Nacke, demonstrate how she makes her succulent Slow Roasted Tomatoes with our Herbs de Provence Botanical Savory Blend at the Williams-Sonoma Artisans' Market this Friday, June 3rd.  Additional details are below, and we hope to see you there!


"May Flowers & May Showers" at the Uptown Farmers Market May 24 2016

 

Our very own Terre Botanicals founder, Terri Nacke, will be at the Uptown Farmers Market tomorrow – Wednesday, May 25th – from 9:30am-11:00am celebrating “May Flowers & May Showers.” 

She’ll share her love of the garden & cooking using edible flowers while featuring Terre Botanicals’ Aromatic Finishing Sugars which Mother Nature has finely perfected. She will demonstrate a decadent recipe for Lavender Fleur & Strawberry Compote as we all sip Sparkling Botanical Beverages. We’re so excited to share our new Jasmine Oolong Special-TEA Sugar with Roasted Stone Fruits – that even the bees will be buzzing about!

Check out the recipe links above, and we hope to see you there!

 


Farmers Market Cocktail Competition Tomorrow, May 7th! May 06 2016

Join us at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market tomorrow, May 7th, for the 3rd annual USBG Farmer’s Market Cocktail Competition sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka!  Teams of bartenders will compete in a race to create the best Farmer’s Market cocktail from ingredients found at the market like indigenous plants, local produce and herbs, and our Edible Essential Oils.  With combinations like Quincea's juicy peaches from Wadel and our Jasmine Oolong Sugar, the possibilities go far beyond simple (yet delicious) muddled mint.  

The festivities will commence at 9:30am, with judging starting at 10:30am, and bystanders will be free to observe and cheer on their favored team.  The winning beverage will be announced at 11am, and later posted in our Recipe Library.  Come observe the fun and shop the market!

 


Quatre Épices - Our New Aromatic Finishing Sugar April 26 2016

Our new Quatre Épices Aromatic Finishing Sugar was inspired by Joél Robuchon’s recipe for a spice blend known as Quatre Épices (meaning “four spices”) which marries allspice, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.  This versatile and exotic blend is great in French or Middle Eastern dishes like soups, ragouts, and stewed dishes. 

Imagine an aromatic spice rub for braised lamb shanks or using it in your holiday baking.  While the weather is warm, try it in place of the turbinado sugar in this refreshing recipe for Summer Squash Refrigerator Pickles from the New York Times that we just love!

 

Summer Squash Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons raw brown (turbinado) sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 large garlic cloves, cut in half lengthwise

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 2 dried red peppers

  • Several sprigs fresh dill (optional)

  • 1 pound mixed zucchini and yellow squash, sliced thin

 

Preparation:

  1. In a small saucepan combine cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, salt and garlic cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, divide spices and optional dill sprigs between 2 pint jars or use 1 quart jar. Pack sliced zucchini into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space below the rim of the jar.
  3. Use hot, sterilized jars. If using pint jars, divide garlic that is in the vinegar mixture between the 2 jars. Pour in the hot vinegar mixture, leaving 1/2 inch below the rim of the jar. Push the squash down into the liquid to cover completely. Seal the jars and leave to cool, then refrigerate for up to 2 months. For best results, don’t open for 2 days.

 

 


Strawberries & Lavender: Springtime Soulmates March 18 2016


The warm beautiful weather we have had here in Phoenix is beginning to coax the strawberries from light green to their brilliant deep shade of red as spring approaches. The array of flowers is becoming ever more plentiful as well, especially one of our favorites, lavender. Strawberries and lavender are companion plants, meaning they grow very well near each other. It just so happens that lavender and fresh strawberries also make a wonderful flavor pairing whose sweet, bright and floral notes complement our beautiful spring weather very well.

Grab a few extra lemons off the tree, and make a fragrant strawberry lavender lemonade by tossing fresh strawberries with our Lavender Fleur Aromatic Finishing Sugar and muddling them with the lemon juice. Top it off with some cold water and ice, and you’ve got a quintessential spring beverage begging to be enjoyed outside in the soft sunlight.

For another recipe featuring this decadent duo, check out our Strawberry Lavender Cornmeal Shortcakes in the Recipe Library.  Enjoy!

 

 


2015 Holiday "Trios of Taste" Gift Sets December 11 2015

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for someone sweet, ask us about our Trios of Taste Gift Sets. Our Trios come beautifully packaged with your choice of any 3 Aromatic Finishing Sugars in sizes Petite (3oz) or Grande (6oz)*. Order by 12/15 for pickup at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market or by 12/19 to have them shipped.

They aren’t available on our Mercantile page, so simply email us at connect@terrebotanicals.com with your size and flavor choices and “Order - Holiday Gift Set” in the subject line.  View the order form below for selections.

*Note: Cocoas come in 2oz for Petite or 4oz for Grande.


SUGAR & SPICE: Terre Botanicals Brings You New Collections November 24 2015


We took your suggestions to heart, and our team has been hard at work creating our new provisions company, Terre Botanicals, bringing you the very best aromatics for food and drinks. A spoonful of sugar was simply not enough, so we have carefully crafted new offerings of aromatic finishing sugars, botanical savory blends, and culinary essential oils. Our new provisions are now dressed in rice paper eco-packaging, which parallels our philosophy of caring for the beautiful Earth.  They are available for sale here on our website, at various retail locations, and at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market on Saturdays.

We will not be at the farmers market this Saturday the 28th over the Thanksgiving holiday, but come see us the following weekend on December 5th.

Together we will Cultivate, Cook, Craft, and Celebrate new discoveries of taste as we cross the bridge to our new brand, Terre Botanicals. Be on the lookout for updates, new recipes, and ideas on how to use our new comestibles!