Where can I buy Treetop macadamia and almond nutcheeses?
This year we are we are at a handful of markets and an increasing number of delis:
Castlemaine Fresh, Mostyn St Castlemaine
Green Goes the Grocer, Templeton St Castlemaine
Daylesford Healthfood & Organics, Albert St Daylesford
First Sunday of the month @ Castlemaine Farmers Market
Second Sunday of the month at Daylesford Railway Station Market
Third Saturday: aiming for Riddells Creek but stay tuned.
Last Saturday of the month @ Lancefield Market
Last Sunday @ Daylesford Railway Station Market
Do you use animal products in your nutcheeses?
Our savoury nutcheeses contain no animal products and we conduct no animal testing. Oh ... our dog likes the garlic and chives one, with crackers. When we release our sweet fruit cheeses, they will contain honey as a sweetener, (beegan), from central Victorian bees.
What about your packaging?
Glass jars, paper labels, vegetable-based inks. Plastics? No way.
Is nutcheese suitable for people who are lactose intolerant?
Absolutely! Our products contain no milk and no lactose, so they are totally suitable for those who don't tolerate lactose.
Do your nutcheeses contain palm oil or soy?
No, not a bit.
Do your nutcheeses have gluten?
No, they are gluten-free.
Does your nutcheese melt or stretch?
Treetop nutcheeses soften when you heat them and go brown under the griller, but they don't stretch like dairy cheese. Our nutcheeses have no casein, a milk protein, or other melting agents. Try them in a toastie. Unbelievable!
Are your nutcheeses suitable for people with nut allergies?
Are your nutcheeses organic?
Not all the ingredients are on the market in an organic form, but where they are we have used them. Organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, fantastic local organic garlic ... we're increasing the range as we find the right ingredients.
What's the thing with macadamias?
Macadamias are one of the few food sources containing palmitoleic acid (a type of monounsaturated fatty acid that may speed up fat metabolism, reducing the body’s ability to store fat).
They also contain flavonoids (the same things that give red wine its healthy claims to fame), phytochemicals that may be beneficial for our hearts. When we eat them they appear to act as or get converted into antioxidants, which go on a search and destroy for free radicals (destructive particles in the body that cause heart disease and other conditions). Flavonoids seem to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, decrease inflammation, help with insulin sensitivity and may protect against some forms of cancer.
Among the most dramatic study was one published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2017, considered the world’s top heart-disease journal. It rallied data from three studies, totalling 210,836 people, and found people who ate nuts five or more times a week had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease versus people who almost never ate nuts.
Macadamias are a source of vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. They also contain small amounts of selenium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Maybe the best reason to enjoy them is that, as well as helping your body reduce cholesterol, they're cholesterol free ... and they taste great!
And what about almonds?
In ancient times the branches of almond trees were given as a gift of love, and the nuts have plenty of health benefits too. They can protect heart health, thanks to the high concentration of beneficial monounsaturated fats. They can improve circulation, strengthen the bones, protect the skin, help digestion, and work to control blood sugar levels.
Almonds are a cranking source of fibre, protein, vitamin E, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron, and they have traces of zinc, thiamin, and niacin.
They have also been connected to boosting brain power and reducing stress.