Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. – Sarah Louise Delany
When Big Spoon Roasters founder Mark Overbay decided he wanted to create a ginger-filled almond butter, he made a surprising discovery: Despite the spicy root’s worldwide popularity, it is incredibly difficult to find dependable supply of candied ginger with a transparent supply chain. Several samples were ordered from reputable suppliers and importers but when it came time to learn more about where the ginger came from and how it was farmed and processed there was no information to be had, save the country of origin. This posed a unique challenge to find a source that we could confirm share our values regarding sustainability, fair and ethical treatment of farmers, working conditions, and ingredient quality.
Mark’s research led him to an exciting initiative from The Ginger People called the FIJI Ginger Project. He found that The Ginger People’s global search for the world’s best ginger lead them to Viti Levu, Fiji. With one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, nutrient-rich soil and natural irrigation from tropical rainfall, Fiji produces some of the world’s purest ginger. Using sustainable practices that build – rather than deplete – soil health, their farming partners rotate their ginger crops with cassava, taro, and other annual crops to maintain the integrity and productivity of the local ecosystem. The ginger is cultivated by small family farms in Fiji’s Naitasiri rainforest and Pacific Harbour region and processed at a new facility that provides sustainable jobs for the locals.
Excited to find that The Ginger People not only offered the tastiest ginger, but that it was grown using sustainable practices, supporting family farms, and local employment, Mark got to work creating what has become one of our most celebrated nut butters, Almond Ginger. With just three ingredients, fresh-roasted heirloom Mission almonds, sea salt, and crystalized ginger, it is both rich and vibrant, and absolutely perfect spread on warm waffles or right out of the jar!