Delicious foods begin with the best ingredients. You can bake healthy and delicious food with the same quality organic ingredients as ShaSha Co. We stand behind every ingredient that goes into each and every one of our products. Below you will find a list of key ingredients including a variety of flours, oils, grains and spices.
We hope these ingredients will inspire you to explore new recipes and expand your repertoire. Now that’s something to get excited about!
The Adzuki bean, a humble little pink wonder bean from the far east. Sometimes called the weight loss bean. Commonly mispronounced, you will sometimes find them spelled azuki or aduki. In Japan, adzuki beans are used to support kidney and bladder function.
Agave Nectar has been used for centuries as a flavoring. Agave nectar is a delicious natural low glycemic sweetener that can be used moderately – by dieters, diabetics, and health conscious cooks – to replace high-glycemic and refined sugars. Use in teas, smoothies, with cereals, for dips, spreads and any dessert.
Barley Berries are an excellent source of soluble fiber and have a high beta-glucan content, which is effective in lowering serum cholesterol levels. Barley also contains fiber, protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins.
Organic Buckwheat Groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant. These soft white seeds have a mild flavor, but when toasted or roasted, they have a delightfully intense flavor. Groats can be steam-cooked like rice for salads and side dishes or ground in your own mill into fresh flour. Good source of avenanthramide.
The buckwheat plant is entirely different from other grains and is not a grass. Buckwheat contains all essential amino acids (eight proteins that the body cannot manufacture) in good proportions, making it closer to being a “complete” protein, more than any other plant source.
Chick Pea Flour
Chick Pea Flour, or also known as Gram flour, contains a high proportion of carbohydrates but no gluten. In comparison to other flours, it has a relatively high proportion of protein. When mixed with an equal proportion of water, it can be used as an egg-replacer in vegan cooking.
Couscous is among the healthiest grain-based products. It has a glycemic load per gram 25% below that of pasta. It has a superior vitamin profile to pasta, containing twice as much riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate, and containing four times as much thiamine and pantothenic acid.
Dark Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses. It is either an unrefined or partially refined soft sugar consisting of sugar crystals with some residual molasses content or produced by the addition of molasses to refined white sugar. Its natural moistness and deep, rich molasses flavor makes it ideal for full-flavored or savory recipes. Brown sugar has a slightly lower caloric value by weight than white sugar due to the presence of water. For any additional information on the benefits of Brown Sugar please Google it yourself as we are restricted by Bureaucrat on how much information we can provide.
Evaporated Cane Sugar
“Evaporated organic cane juice” is just that–the juice of the same sugar cane used to make refined white sugar but in it’s whole natural state. Only the water is removed. As a whole food it still retains its vitamins and minerals. Instead of using straight sucrose evaporated cane juice is used inwhich also retains its natural balance of sucrose, glucose and fructose. evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does. For any additional information on the benefits of Evaporated Cane Juice please Google it yourself as we are restricted by Bureaucrat on how much information we can provide.
Flax seeds are slightly larger than sesame seeds and have a hard shell that is smooth and shiny. Their color ranges from deep amber to reddish brown depending upon whether the flax is of the golden or brown variety. Flax seeds are rich in alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that is a precursor to the form of omega-3 found in fish oils. ShaSha Co. has been using flax seeds in its bread recipes since 1999.
Ginger is commonly used as a cooking spice throughout the world. It is the rhizome of the perennial plant Zingiber officinale in the family Zingiberaceae. The characteristics, odor and flavor of ginger root is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shoagoles and gingerols, volatile oils that compose about one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger. Ginger has been used for over 5000 years with our foods as culinary herb. ShaSha Co. Ginger Snaps are made with the highest quality ginger for it’s freshness and vital nutrients.
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are flat, dark green seeds. Some are encased in a yellow-white husk, although some varieties of pumpkins produce seeds without shells.Pumpkin seeds are used because they are a very good source of food and has other benefits.
Rye is used in most of ShaSha Co. breads for greater texture, flavor and versatility, but most importantly for it’s many attributes and it is sourced locally. Rye Berries can be cooked as a hearty breakfast cereal or ground in your own mill for the freshest rye flour available. Rye can also be sprouted to use in salads and on sandwiches.
Spelt is an ancient grain that traces its heritage back long before many wheat hybrids. Spelt is very environmentally friendly for organic farming and grain processing; there is no need for preservatives or additives as this grain does not need to be dehalled for milling.
Sprouted Flax Meal
Grinding whole flax seeds breaks the hard outer shell, creating a light and slightly oily powder. Because the seed is already broken, you do not have to worry about chewing like you do with whole seed. Thus, flax seed meal is easily processed by your body, providing lignans and fibre, plus the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic (ALA). You can add flax seed meal easily to many cooked and uncooked foods, and it can act as a thickener or fat substitute in recipes.
Steel Cut Oats
Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled. Steel-cut oats have a lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal, causing a lower spike in insulin levels when consumed.
Raisins are made by dehydrating grapes in a process using the heat of the sun or a mechanical process of oven drying. Among the most popular types of raisins are Sultana, Malaga, Monukka, Zante Currant, Muscat and Thompson seedless. Raisins are the original candy—nature’s candy. Raisins are cholesterol-free, low in sodium and totally fat-free.
Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil expressed from sunflower (Helianthus annuus) seeds. Sunflower oil is high in the essential vitamin E and low in saturated fat. Restaurants and food manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of sunflower oil. The oil can be used in conditions with extremely high cooking temperatures. Food manufacturers are starting to use sunflower oil in an effort to lower the levels of trans fat in mass produced foods.
Thick Rolled Oats
Thick Rolled Oats traditionally oat groats that have been rolled into flat flakes under heavy rollers and then steamed and lightly toasted. Whole oats are an excellent source of thiamine, iron, and dietary fiber. Fiber is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Whole oats are also the only source of antioxidant compounds known as avenanthramides; these are believed to have properties which help to protect the circulatory system from arteriosclerosis. Oat products also contain beta-glucan, which may help people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose level, and might also help stimulate the immune system to fight off bacterial infections.
Whole Wheat Flour
The word “whole” refers to the fact that all of the grain is used and nothing is lost in the process of making the flour. This is in contrast to white, refined flours, which contain only the endosperm – and Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than refined white flour.