Where can I buy Treetop cheeses?
In 2020 we are consolidating after a move from Australia, a world in crisis from Covid-19, and looking for new suppliers! It's a lot, and we're hoping to be supplying early in 2021.
We sold regularly at around eight farmers markets in central Victoria and Melbourne, including Castlemaine, Daylesford, Bendigo and Lancefield. We'll be appearing again in 2021 on the North Island of New Zealand.
Do you use animal products in your cheeses?
Our savoury nutcheeses 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. 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 similar. The fermentation process imparts flavour as well as longevity to the cheese. Fermentation is also known as acidification, as it lowers the pH of the cheese and makes it difficult or impossible for spoilage organisms to survive.
What about your packaging?
Glass jars, paper labels, vegetable-based inks. Plastics? No.
Is your cheese 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 cheeses contain palm oil or soy?
Do your cheeses contain gluten?
All are gluten free except for the pepper cannonball,
which has oats in it to add to the rich, creamy taste.
Oats have lots of carbs and fibre, and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, but one of those nutrients is the protein avenin. Avenin is similar to gluten, so if you're gluten intolerant you’re best to try one of the others.
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. 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.