When you hear the word super food, the first ones that come to mind are mostly likely super mushrooms (as we call them here in Superfoods Australia) – you know, like the lion’s mane mushroom, Siberian chaga, and reishi mushroom.
However, the expansive world of superfoods includes all sorts of amazing foods that are found all over the world. And little did everyone know that in the Earth’s most untouched forests, especially in Northern Europe, there’s another amazing hidden gem that every superfood enthusiast will surely love: spruce sprouts.
The forests have a lot more to offer than super mushrooms, and spruce sprouts is just one of these things.
Spruce sprouts have long been a go-to medicine in some countries like Finland and Norway. It’s been a staple in everyone’s pick-me-up stash in those parts of the world and we think the rest of us need to catch up.
That’s why we’ve gotten our hands on it so you can give it a try as well! And in this piece, we’re going to tell you why it’s definitely worth it.
Read on and spruce up your superfood stash now!
But first, what are Kerkka spruce sprouts?
Spruce sprouts refer to the young buds that grow from, you guessed it, spruce trees. Yes, these are also the same trees that some people use as their Christmas trees.
While spruce trees are abundant in several regions around the world, the Kerkka spruce sprouts are harvested specifically from the spruce trees in the Lapland forests in the northernmost region of Finland.
Spruce sprouts are often referred to as the “green gold nuggets” because they grow the size of a nugget with vibrant light green colour. These buds are handpicked in the very first days of spring before the spruce stems grow with longer needles and the colour turns into darker green.
This timing is crucial for it holds the key to the nutritional benefits of the sprouts. According to studies, young spruce sprouts have a higher concentration of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other minerals than fully grown spruce needles.
But long before these developing shoots were studied, spruce sprouts were already used traditionally for medicinal purposes. They are normally powdered then infused with teas, coffee, or used as an ingredient in several basic recipes.
What are the health benefits of spruce sprouts?
Traditionally, spruce sprouts were used in Finland and Central Europe to prevent respiratory diseases and stomach ailments. Not only that, but spruce sprouts are also thought to be a natural expectorant that can temper a cough and/or sore throat.
But as more studies are conducted, researchers have started to unfold more nutritional content and potential health benefits of this superfood, and it's becoming more obvious that the Kerkka spruce sprout is a nutritional powerhouse that’s worth your attention.
Below are only some of the vitamins and minerals that you can find in spruce sprouts:
You may have heard or taken a lot of Vitamin C more during the pandemic, as a lot of people needed it more than ever.
Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient that can bring a lot to the table. It can boost your body’s natural defenses, help manage high blood pressure, and is believed to be able to lower your risk of getting chronic diseases.
The best thing about it is that it’s very abundant. You can find it in citrus fruits, veggies, and other greens. Spruce sprouts are no exemption here either.
Get your Cs from our freeze-dried Kerkka spruce sprouts which contain 382 mg of Vitamin C per 100g.
Magnesium is another nutrient that’s involved in hundreds of biochemical activities in your body. Below are only some of them:
- Conversion of food into energy
- Creation of protein from amino acids
- Muscle movements
- Regulation of neurotransmitters throughout your brain and the whole nervous system
Magnesium is crucial in all of these bodily activities that’s why the intake of a sufficient amount of magnesium is also important. Our Kerkka Spruce Needle Sprout Powder contains 120mg of magnesium per 100g.
Much like magnesium, potassium is heavily involved in a lot of bodily functions as well. It’s necessary for the normal and proper functioning of the cells, muscles, and nerves.
Higher potassium intake can help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels as well and is associated with lowering the chances of getting a stroke.
Another essential mineral on the list is phosphorous. For those who don’t know, phosphorous is an important component of your bones, teeth, DNA, and RNA.
Include enough dietary sources of phosphorous in your diet and it will help make your bones and teeth much stronger. Supplying your body with enough of this mineral will also help your body with these things:
- Aiding muscle recovery after an intense workout
- Filtering waste from the kidneys
- Making DNA and RNA
- Managing the usage and storage of energy in the body
These are only some of the nutrients that spruce sprouts can provide to your body. If you’re in great need of these, you might want to consider upgrading your stash with a bottle of freeze-dried Kerkka spruce sprouts powder.
Are powdered spruce sprout products safe?
If you get it from us, you have nothing to worry about. Our Kerkka spruce sprouts are carefully harvested by hand from the forests of Rovaniemi, Lapland in Northern Finland.
Fun fact: Rovaniemi is dubbed by Finland as the official home of Santa Claus. So, who knows, maybe the jolly guy helps us by handpicking these healthy treats! Or maybe not…
Kidding aside, the process doesn’t end there. After harvesting, the fresh sprouts are then freeze-dried and powdered right after harvest so that the aroma, flavour, and amazing nutrients remain intact.
The powdered extract is then bottled in a glass miron jar and packaged to perfection.
Once you get your hands in these beautiful jars of healthy spruce sprouts, you’ll never make your tea, coffee, smoothies, and other recipes the same way again!
Speaking of recipes, below are only some of the simplest ways you can enjoy a spoonful of our spruce sprout powder
4 Kerkka Spruce Needle Sprout Powder Recipes
Spruce Sprout Tea
This is probably the easiest recipe that you can do with spruce sprout powder.
- Just brew 1 teaspoon of the Kerkka in 250mL of hot water in a French press.
- You can add a little bit of honey if you want some sweetness.
- Or you can experiment a little and brew it with our Japanese Premium Grade Matcha powder if you want a tastier tea with a little bit of kick!
Spruce Sprout Latte
Why not switch things up in your coffee routine, even just a little bit? We promise you’ll love it!
- Warm up some oat milk or almond milk. Important: do not boil.
- In a cup, mix honey or maple syrup, Kerkka Spruce Needle Powder, and some milk.
- Pour the mixture with the rest of the milk in a blender and blend.
- Pour into cups and top them up with some vanilla powder.
Spruce sprout salad dressing
Making a salad for lunch? Level it up with a new and healthy spruce sprout salad dressing!
- Just mix olive oil, white vinegar, Kerkka Spruce Needle Sprout Powder, honey, salt, and pepper in one bowl.
- Mix it thoroughly.
- Pour it into a container then you’re good to go.
Spruce Sprout Smoothie
Here’s a new way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day!
- In your blender, throw in some bananas, and other fruits you like to go with it.
- Pour your go-to milk
- Add flaxseeds.
- Add a tablespoon of Kerkka Spruce Needle Sprout Powder.
- Mix well and enjoy!
These are only some of the easiest recipes that you can make with our Kerkka spruce sprout powder. Feel free to experiment a little because who knows, you might come up with your own delish recipe!
So, what are you waiting for? Our Kerkka Spruce Needle Sprout Powder might just be the missing piece in your superfood stash. Buy it here and we’ll deliver it to you wherever you are in Australia.
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