Where can I buy Treetop cheeses?
Gisborne Farmers Market, North Island of New Zealand, most Saturdays of the year.
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Do you use animal products in your cheeses?
Our savoury cheeses contain no animal products and we conduct no animal testing. Oh ... our dog likes the garlic and chives one, with crackers. Our fruit cheeses have a dash of honey from North Island bees.
And what's with fermentation?
Dairy cheeses are a fermented food, though you may not know it. It's alive. Cheese is traditionally fermented with the microbes that occur naturally in milk: individual cheesemaking processes encourage the growth of particular microbes that impart flavour and texture to different cheeses. Plant-based cheeses are like cheese without the cows. The fermentation process imparts flavour as well as longevity to the cheese. Fermentation is also known as acidification, as it lowers the pH and makes it difficult or impossible for spoilage organisms to survive.
Is your cheese suitable for people who are lactose intolerant?
Absolutely! Our products contain no milk, so no casein or lactose, so they are suitable for those who don't tolerate dairy.
Do your cheeses contain palm oil or soy?
Do your cheeses contain gluten?
The pepper cannonball has oats in it to add to the
rich, creamy taste. Oats have loads of carbs and fibre
and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, and one of those nutrients is the protein avenin. Although avenin is safer for most people with celiac disease, it is similar to gluten, so if you're gluten intolerant you’re best to try one of the others.
There is now mounting evidence that the epidemic of gluten intolerance we are experiencing in the West may be linked more closely to glyphosate use in farming than to the gluten itself*. The oats in Pepper Kick are organic, so no herbicides are used to grow them.
The protein fractions are differently distributed in oats and wheat. Oat proteins contain 80% globulins, 10% prolamins, and 10% other proteins, while wheat proteins contain 10% globulins, 80% prolamins, and 10% other proteins (Sontag-Strohm et al., 2008).
Because that one cheese contains gluten and our others are processed in the same facility, we can't say the others are gluten-free.
*In March 2015, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”
* Separating the Empirical Wheat From the Pseudoscientific Chaff: A Critical Review of the Literature Surrounding Glyphosate, Dysbiosis and Wheat-Sensitivity
* Environmental and health effects of the herbicide glyphosate
Does your cheese 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 cheeses suitable for people with nut allergies?
Are your cheeses organic?
Not all the ingredients are on the market in an organic form, but where they are we have used them. We're increasing the range as we find the right ingredients.
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!
Among the most dramatic studies was one published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2017, considered the world’s top heart-disease journal. That study found that eating peanuts and tree nuts (twice or more a week) and walnuts (once or more a week) was associated with a 13% to 19% lower risk of total cardiovascular disease and 15% to 23% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
What about your packaging?
Glass jars, paper labels, foil and paper. (Cheese is alive and needs to breathe - careful it doesn’t climb out of your fridge and wrestle your cat* to the floor.) We're currently using a recyclable plastic on our label - but are still looking for a biodegradable product that will hold colours and won't wrinkle.
* Why have you got a cat anyway?
What's the thing with macadamias?
They also contain flavonoids (the same things that give red wine its healthy claims to fame), phytochemicals that may be beneficial for our hearts. Flavonoids seem to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, decrease inflammation, help with insulin sensitivity and may protect against some forms of cancer.