What does Eden mean by 'transitional-to-organic' for EDEN Dried Cherries?
During the period of transition to organic, which is commonly three years, agricultural chemicals and fertilizers are not used - only organic management practices are allowed. About two decades ago six families along the shores of northern Lake Michigan asked Eden to help them convert their orchards to organic. These orchards have been managed organically since the late 1990's and more orchards are being converted to organic each year. EDEN Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries are from 'transitional-to-organic' orchards that are in the process of becoming certified organic while using organic methods, a transition process that requires three full years to complete. EDEN Cherry Juice, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Cherry Butter, Apple Cherry Sauce, and Apple Cherry Butter are produced only from certified organic Montmorency tart cherries.
Does Eden use enzymes or processing aids when making EDEN Barley Malt?
No. Most malt today is made using pharmaceutically produced, GMO derived enzymes, gibberellic acid, and potassium bromate to speed and increase production. Eden Foods' centuries old process uses only the grain's own sprouting created enzymes and the knowledge and care of artisan maltsters. The dry grain is first steeped in water. The barley then germinates and sprouts. During the germination process more than 140 enzymes are created. The enzymes cause the complex carbohydrates to breakdown into sugars, and they convert the proteins into their component amino acids. At just the right time, when sugar levels are optimal, the sprouted grain is moved into a kiln roaster that stops these processes and the malt develops its final color and flavor. The grain is cured, then mashed, cooked, filtered, and concentrated into syrup. The process from grain to malt syrup takes about 40 days.
Does Eden have any sodium free or low sodium snacks?
Yes. Eden Organic Dried Blueberries, Organic Dried Cranberries, Dried Montmorency Cherries, and Organic Wild Berry Mix are all made without salt added and are very low in sodium. Eden All Mixed Up, Quiet Moon, Organic Tamari Roasted Almonds, Organic Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Eden Brown Rice Chips are low sodium. Eden Organic Popcorn is sodium free, unless salt is added before or after popping.
Isn't all popcorn a healthy snack or is organic really better?
The Popcorn Board's 2005 Agri Chemical Handbook lists 24 insecticides, 38 herbicides, 5 fumigants, 15 fungicides, and 4 'miscellaneous' chemicals that are approved for use in non-organic popcorn. The FDA's 2003 Total Diet Study lists 33 toxic residues found in non-organic popcorn including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have been linked to serious health consequences, lower IQ in children, and the decline of bird and aquatic species. When Eden learned about this we just had to find an alternative. Eden Popcorn is certified organically grown in Nebraska on family farms.