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Ricepod snacks found at Merci Market, 20th St. and 7th Ave. NYC

Ricepod snacks found at Merci Market, 20th St. and 7th Ave. NYC

Say it with me: Ricepod. Ricepod. Yes, it does have a funny and catchy sound to it. It might even sound like a new mantra. The packaging, appearing simultaneously sleek and homemade, is incredibly simple. It’s a clear bag that fits easily in one hand and when it’s filled, it asserts itself and stands up on its own on a shelf or a table. Two narrow white stickers, one front, one back, announce the product’s name, flavor, spice level, ingredients, and nutrient information. In red, italicized letters above the plastic zipper seal, Ricepod reassures that it is fat free and gluten-free, and in smaller text along the zipper, that the package is resealable.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

October 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Happy Herbert’s Kamut

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Happy Herbert’s Ancient Grains Kamut Pretzels have a great name. They even taste quite good. But don’t be fooled, Kamut is not necessarily an ancient grain. I was greatly disappointed to learn that Kamut is a brand and a registered trademark. This was just not as exciting of a history as I thought it might be when I purchased the bag of pretzels at the natural foods store near my office.

After consulting the Kamut website, I couldn’t help but feel that the Kamut or Khorasan industry was trying to convince me that this product is ancient, even though it is officially traced back to 1949. Not sure I feel this qualifies as ancient. Maybe ancient-inspired?

However, I am pleased to know the Kamut Khorasan industry is working to cultivate organic agriculture and support organic farmers. But, personally I would like to know more about how much of this grain is imported, because organic or not, transportation of even ancient-inspired grain ought to be minimized.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

March 20, 2009 at 12:46 am