Regarding food: Variety is the spice of life, bring needed nutrients, balance, and strengthened well-being. As creatures of habit in a fast, demanding culture, we commonly fail to get well-rounded nourishment. Condiments are an effective way to improve this. Deliciously rich in phytonutrients, a little goes a long way. Personal wellness is improved with the use of traditional quality Eden Foods condiments. Naturally flavorful, nutrient rich, skillfully used condiments dramatically enhance enjoyment and benefits of food.
Condiments enhance food, add efficacious value, stimulate appetite, and begin the body’s chemical preparation to receive and assimilate nourishment. The appearance of food either generates good appetite, or the opposite. The aesthetic opportunity condiments provide can make food much more appealing. All these factors greatly increase the satisfaction of a meal.
We each need our own individual balance of the Five Flavors – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. Condiments tend to be strong in one or more of the five flavors, and they add visual appeal.
Condiments commonly contain, or give rise to, enzymes that are digestive aids. They can be especially helpful when eating oily, fatty food. Examples are mustard, vinegar, horseradish, sauerkraut, wasabi, and ginger. Condiments like umeboshi and vinegar are also used to stabilize or preserve prepared foods. Other condiments, like shoyu soy sauce, salt, and mirin are most commonly used as ingredients in cooking. They each provide valuable nutrients and antioxidant benefits. The nutritional intensity found in good condiments helps satisfy needed nutritional variety.
The word condiment is derived from Latin: Condimemtum ‘seasoning,’ condire ‘preserve, pickle, or season,’ and condere ‘store, put away.’ Many condiments are fermented such as soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and pickles. Fermentation enhances a food's efficacy by converting them to readily assimilable nourishment, while adding new nutrients. Vinegar, citrus, salt, and fruit sugar based relishes, chutneys, sauces, and seasonings are often used as condiments. Condiments embellish appearance, flavor, and nourishment. Most are shelf stable and store easily.
Unfortunately, most of today’s commercial condiments are highly adulterated with chemicals, GMOs, bad fats, sugars, salt, irradiated herbs/spices, and artificial colors. They are imitations. Nature’s flavors have been lost, so artificial flavors abound. Ingredients of this sort are well hidden due to successful lobbying that has made it easy to deceive. Reading labels is not as helpful as it once was. EDEN Condiments are traditional natural food and every ingredient is dutifully declared on the label.
Some notable EDEN Condiments that increase nutritional variety and provide benefits are:
- Brown and Yellow Mustards – stoneground Saskatchewan High Plains whole organic brown or yellow mustard seed with raw organic EDEN Apple Cider Vinegar and EDEN Sea Salt. Yellow Mustard has organic turmeric, organic paprika, and organic garlic.
- Gomasio – sesame salt, five varieties • Plain • Black • Black & Tan • Garlic • Seaweed. Rewarding, low sodium condiments to sprinkle on almost any food. Made of organic dry roasted sesame seeds and EDEN Sea Salt.
- Eden Shake (aka furikake) – traditional Japanese roasted tan and black sesame seed, nori sea vegetable flakes, and pickled red shiso (beefsteak) leaf. An enduring favorite and good way to enjoy benefits of sesame, nori, and shiso. Good on everything, very low sodium.
- French Celtic Sea Salt & EDEN Portuguese Sea Salt – the essential condiment and seasoning, from environmentally protected salt marshes. Hand harvested, smooth, mellow flavor and a wealth of trace minerals.
- Sauerkraut – three kinds – Plain • Three Onion • Kimchi Sauerkraut, grown and made the old-world way from hand harvested organic cabbage and EDEN Sea Salt. Three Onion and Kimchi Sauerkraut contain organic vegetables, herbs, and spices. Exceptional flavor. Try the delicious Sauerkraut Guacamole recipe at edenfoods.com/recipes.
- Dulse Flakes – organic, wild, hand-harvested crimson sea vegetable, sun and sea breeze dried and cut into small flakes. Big flavor, very low sodium.
- Tekka – rich miso condiment of minced carrot, burdock root, and lotus root, slowly cooked with sesame oil, hacho miso, and ginger root. Energizing. Low sodium.
- Shiso Powder – a tangy sprinkle of red shiso (beefsteak) leaves; pickled, sun-dried, and ground to a powder. Eminently versatile. Low sodium.
- Umeboshi Plums & EDEN Umeboshi Paste – ume plums pickled with sea salt and red shiso leaf that imparts a rosy color. Umeboshi Paste is pitted and pureed pickled ume plum. Rub it on corn-on-the-cob in place of butter for a sensational experience.
- Wasabi Powder – Japanese horseradish valued for fiery flavor and effect. It is essential to sushi. It adds zing to salad dressings, dips, and spreads.
- Bonito Flakes – fine flakes of sashimi grade, small skipjack tuna, skillfully prepared in a 500-year-old method. Crumble and sprinkle these flakes on grains and noodles. They are considered essential to traditional noodle broth (dashi), and may be used wherever savory umami flavor is desired.
- Vinegar – four traditionally crafted and aged vinegars • Apple Cider • Red Wine • Brown Rice • Ume Plum Vinegar, the treasured umeboshi pickling brine. Organic, raw, and unpasteurized offerings.
- Shoyu and Tamari Soy Sauces, Mirin, and Ponzu Sauce – work wonders in cooking, seasoning, and marinating. Shoyu and Mirin are the right and left hands of Japanese cuisine. Ponzu, a dipping sauce, is a harmony of the five flavors. Verified Non-GMO soybeans. Gluten free and wheat free offerings.
Other notable EDEN Condiments – Natto Miso • Hot Pepper Sesame Oil • Olive Oil • Nori Sea Vegetable • Barley Malt • Tahini • Pickled Ginger
With EDEN Condiments in the pantry, you can creatively make pleasing meals. Many of them are nice to have on the table, as well as for use in cooking. Pour, sprinkle, dab, drizzle, or spread EDEN Condiments on grains, pasta, salad, vegetables, grain and bean patties, and sandwiches. Use them to make soups and stews, dressings, marinades, dips, sauces, and homemade pickles. For deliciously creative, free recipes visit edenfoods.com/recipes. Eden Condiments are guaranteed to please. Most are pareve. All are pure and purifying.