Pukka Turmeric Active – herbal care for the active in a teabag
Mar23

Pukka Turmeric Active – herbal care for the active in a teabag

Veggy Malta tried out Pukka Turmeric Active, an organic herbal tea. This is one of Pukka’s 42 blends of herbal teas. All organic. The Pukka Turmeric Active, as the name implies is targeted towards those individuals with an active lifestyle. If you go out jogging or power walking, or do some other regular exercise Pukka Tumeric Active is a convenient herbal tea ideally suited for your active lifestyle. This is because of the...

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Just Organic – an organic shop in the heart of Naxxar
Mar20

Just Organic – an organic shop in the heart of Naxxar

Veggy Malta visited Just Organic a quaint new shop in the centre of Naxxar. There I met with Sara Zammit Tabona and Cheryl Jordan. Nestled in the centre of Naxxar in a side road next to the church, Just Organic offers a number of interesting brands including some brought locally by themselves. The shop isn’t large but still manages to offer a diversity of products. Inside you will find laundry and household products, body care,...

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Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs
Mar16

Bidni organic farm – fresh veg and free range eggs

Veggy Malta went to Marsaskala. To be precise I went to Bidni, which is between Haz-Zabbar and Marsaskala. There further in from the quaint chapel of Madonna tad-Dawl, there is Stefan and Antoinette’s organic farm. Their farm is a registered organic farm. The farm actually started as a hobby where Stefan and Antoinette Psiala could grow their own food without pesticides but is slowly taking up more and more of their time. It...

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TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg
Mar13

TheFruit.com – an ample choice of fresh fruit and veg

Veggy Malta visited TheFruit.com a fresh fruit and vegetables shop in the heart of Qawra. The one thing that stands out is the impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables in the shop. You would expect this given that the shop is owned by Jimmy Vella Fruit and Veg. There is a long section of vegetables which includes; broccoli, cabbage, chinese cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, pumpkins, marrows, cucumbers, aubergines, tomatoes, cherry...

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Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips
Mar12

Bare English & Co – splashing a dash of organic and vegan teas on your lips

Veggy Malta met with Sarah Crockford to talk about Bare English & Co Lip Balm. In short this is an organic, vegan, tea infused lip balm. It is after all still cold, although spring is just round the corner. So what’s the story behind these lip balms? Sarah said that her cousin in Canada (a vegan chemist) started off in the kitchen fiddling about with ingredients. She infused a mix of oils with green and white tea. One tweak...

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Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup
Mar09

Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup – plug and play organic vegan soup

Veggy Malta tried out Langbein’s Daily Meal Soup, an organic vegan soup in a glass jar. The main thing behind the Daily Meal Soup is how simple and convenient it is. All you need to do is shake the jar, open it and heat it for 2 minutes at 600w in a microwave and enjoy. That is your lunch served in a jiffy. I actually tried out all three soup flavours. The tomato basil soup, the pumpkin mango soup and the sweet potato soup with...

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Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee
Mar06

Eyes on Koawach – an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee

Veggy Malta tried out Koawach, an organic energy chocolate drink that is an alternative to coffee. The main ingredient is guarana. Guarana is Latin American plant. It gained popularity when the Jesuit missionaries in the Amazon realised that when the tribesmen consumed the seed they managed to hunt for extended periods of time. In fact the name reflects the Guarani Indian tribe in the Amazon, who ate the plant seeds. A number of...

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Traditional Maltese Easter treats by Anurakti – gone vegan
Mar05

Traditional Maltese Easter treats by Anurakti – gone vegan

Easter, the biggest celebration for Roman Catholics, is round the corner. The religious celebration is linked to a number of food traditions from the figolla, bajda ta’ l-Ghid (Easter egg), kwarezimal, karamelli tal-Harrub (Carob syrup sweets) and qaghqa tal-appostli (Apostle’s ring bread). Veggy Malta met up with Adriana and Alan from Anurakti to see what vegan plans they have for this Easter. Easter is a beautiful time...

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Le Bistro at Radisson Blu has a specific menu for vegetarians and vegans
Feb26

Le Bistro at Radisson Blu has a specific menu for vegetarians and vegans

Veggy Malta went to Le Bistro restaurant at Radisson Blu in San Giljan. Le Bistro have actually made the effort in creating a separate menu just for vegetarians and vegans. I would say that this is a win! There I met up with Ramon Muscat the Culinary Director. Ramon explained how 3 years ago the restaurant adopted a farm to fork philosophy which meant using fresh local and seasonal products as much as possible. Furthermore, this...

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Arla Lactofree cheesespread – it’s made from milk but still lactose free!
Feb23

Arla Lactofree cheesespread – it’s made from milk but still lactose free!

Veggy Malta tried out Arla Lactofree Spreadable cheese. Although I am not lactose intolerant, I was interested in knowing more about this product. As a starter, Arla Lactofree is still made from cow milk. So what is the difference? Why is it ok for people who are lactose intolerant? I did some digging and tried to understand how milk is converted in lactose free. Regular milk contains the milk sugar lactose. NHS UK explains this well....

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Nutrifree Mediterranean Soup – a filling gluten free soup
Feb22

Nutrifree Mediterranean Soup – a filling gluten free soup

Veggy Malta tried out NutriFree organic zuppa Mediterranea (Mediterranean soup).  Another important feature about this soup is that it is gluten free and it is vegan as well. The zuppa Mediterranea is actually a product targeted for the internal Italian market. Fortunately, since Italian products are allowed on Maltese shelves we can have it here as well. This augurs well, as that means it meets the Italian domestic standard of food....

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Organic and natural hair products range from Natural Health Malta
Feb21

Organic and natural hair products range from Natural Health Malta

Veggy Malta met up with Diane Cassar from Natural Health Malta to discuss organic hair products. Obviously given my blatant lack of hair I didn’t actually try these product ranges. Natural Health Malta has three saloons across the island, in Mellieha, Naxxar and in Hamrun. There use two main brands; Organic Colour systems and Tints of Nature. Organic Colour Systems is a professional salon range, and Tints of Nature is a home use...

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Holland & Barrett – choose the good life
Feb13

Holland & Barrett – choose the good life

Veggy Malta popped into Holland & Barrett to see what’s inside this international health shop and natural remedies franchise that is also in Malta. Although they have 7 shops and 2 shop in shops across the island, I went to the Fgura outlet just opposite the church. Though I am advised they all carry the same product ranges. I was greeted by Carla Florian, Marketing Manager at H&B, who showed me around the shop. Inside...

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Tal-Ħwawar – the spice shop in Valletta where the past is still the present
Feb09

Tal-Ħwawar – the spice shop in Valletta where the past is still the present

Veggy Malta went to Valletta and followed the scent of herbs and spices and ended up in St. John’s Street. There in the corner with St. Paul’s Street, is an old shop called George Zammit better known as Tal-Ħwawar. I entered the shop and I was greeted by the current owner Johann Farrugia. The shop has been a family run concern for 130 years. Way back since 1888. Over the years the shop has evolved and has been known by...

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Seed and Bean – an organic kaleidoscope of pleasure
Feb06

Seed and Bean – an organic kaleidoscope of pleasure

There is a new chocolate range in town! It’s Seed and Bean. I tried my pick on the Mandarin and Ginger. This is one of the many vegan chocolates in the range. The mandarin and Ginger has 72% cocoa. The thing I liked most about it is that whilst there is a subtly taste of the Italian mandarin and a hint of the Sri Lankan ginger, they do not overpower the taste of the cocoa. But that’s not all I have to say about this...

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