Freeze-drying 101

Freeze-drying 101

Freeze-drying can preserve the product for up to 25 years, remaining fresh as the day it was dried [1]. Along with the preservation time, it also retains the nutritional value, flavor and texture [2]. In many cases, the simple addition of water will transform the freeze-dried product back to its original, fresh form.

Freeze-drying is by far the best way to dry and preserve, essentially remaining fresh and natural, the same as it was before drying. What distinguishes freeze-drying from traditional drying is the quality, benefits and properties displayed by the finished product, obtainable only through freeze-drying. 

Kid's Herb camp

Kid's Herb camp

Growing up on a herb farm to naturopathic parents with a family supplement business is a unique childhood experience. The entire family spends the seasons exploring the ever changing natural environment and using plants to make remedies. Herbs are an integral part of our everyday lives, and we grow, wildcraft, harvest and create herbal products every single day. We sleep in tipis among the herb fields, we daydream between rows of echinacea, and enjoy the fragrance of fresh blooming holy basil. This year for the first time, we have chosen to share aspects of our life by hosting a herb camp for kids on our property.

Japanese inspired recipes for Stinging Nettles

Japanese inspired recipes for Stinging Nettles

At Eclectic Institute, stinging nettle is one of our favorite plants, and at our location in the wilds of the pacific northwest it can be found growing in wild abundance during springtime. Nettles has special historical significance for Eclectic, as our founder was responsible for discovering one of fresh nettles' previously unknown health benefits.