We have an extra special treat for you today. One of our BEST flavors yet! Avellana Currant Hazelnut Cheese is a true winning combination…The currant may be small, but it’s flavor is mighty and it blends with hazelnut cream like a dream. It’s a little bit tart and a little bit sweet and a whole lot divine…try it on crackers or toast with fresh fruit for a truly etheric experience. Available now online at VeganEssentials.com and in our Eugene and Portland stores.
One reason that sourcing local products as ingredients for our cheese is so important to us at Avellana is because we believe in fair compensation for work done in fair conditions. When a product is produced in far away countries with minimal laws protecting workers, it is easy for human rights to fall through the cracks. Buying local is often more expensive, mostly because the labor involved in making the product has not been artificially reduced at the cost of quality of life for the the laborer.
Human beings are a members of the animal kingdom and as vegans, we at Avellana support the rights of animals. All living beings deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Buying local or fair trade certified products can help ensure these rights are being honored.
We purchase hazelnuts directly from Meridian Hazelnut Orchard in Aurora, Oregon. We’ve visited the orchard and met the family that grows all the hazelnuts we use.
We purchase most of our spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, a company that takes great pride in their trade policies. They are certified by the Institute for Marketecology’s Fair for Life program, a program that goes deeper than traditional fair trade programs by requiring and tracking ethical practices from the starting point of the product all the way to the finished salable item. From their website:
WHAT IS GOOD TRADE?
- Fair Price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
- Fair Labor Conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
- Direct Trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
- Democratic and Transparent Organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
- Community Development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement training, and organic certification.
- Environmental Sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.
At Avellana, we believe in treating the inhabitants of our world with kindness and compassion and we strive to ensure that our products reflect that belief.
You’re going to need to sit down for this. But you won’t be for very long after your first bite. My first bite got me up and dancing around the living room in ecstatic food bliss. I promise, you will not be disappointed by the results of this combination of flavors, it’s at the very least magnificent.
Here’s what you need:
Some morel mushrooms- It’s springtime in Oregon, and you know what that means….morel season! We had a great time going out and finding our own, but if you’re not mushroom savvy or don’t have the time, many grocery stores that carry local produce will often have fresh morels for sale. We used about 2 cups worth for this recipe
- 1 cup Gluten free tempura
- Faux egg replacer (two eggs worth)
- Avellana Signature cheese
Making these poppers is actually quite easy… put about a cup of gluten free tempura flour (I used this one, which is pretty good) in a quart size ziplock bag. Mix up two faux eggs using Ener-G egg replacer (one T egg replacer and five T water).
Brush or wipe any dirt off the mushrooms and carefully split them down one side. Fill each mushroom with as much creamy Avellana signature cheese as would comfortably fit inside the hollow centers. It was surprising how little of the block it actually took. I used our spicy Berbere, but you could use any flavor you like best.
Then, dip them in the egg replacer, put them in the bag, and shake it up. I like a thicker breading on my mushrooms, so I repeated the egg replacer dip and the bag shake to get a good coating. You could do it up to three times, but it gets a little messy by the third time.
Put a good amount of oil into a skillet and fry them for a minute or two on each side, until they get to the right crispy-ness. Here’s an image of the popper cut open showing the delicious layer combination of Avellana Signature Cheese, morel mushroom and crispy tempura.
Oh My Goodness- too good! I tell ya, too good! Wow! They may look a little funny, but what a beautiful taste! ♥
Even though we don’t do much with almonds here at Avellana, we really do love all nuts and seeds almost equally. As the threat and reality of drought comes clearer to us on the west coast, I’m hearing more and more talk about how much water it takes to produce almonds. This has definitely left me scratching my head at the twists and turns the human mind will take in order to avoid looking at the white elephant sitting in the cheese drawer of the fridge.
If it takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce one almond and there are around 100 almonds in a pound, it stands to reason that one pound of almonds uses 110 gallons of water during it’s production. In comparison, it takes 1,817 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. It takes 700 gallons of water to produce one pound of cheese.
Dairy products contribute the single largest share of farm income [in California’s economy.] (from Wikipedia)
Meat and dairy production have a far greater negative impact on drought stricken California. Why are almonds taking the blame? Do away with almonds and you’ll still have the problem. We fear our beloved hazelnuts will be next! Not really, but the hard truth is that animal agriculture ravages the environment. The time for cognitive dissonance has passed. It’s time for a new renaissance in our food choices! We can make fully informed decisions on what we buy and how it affects our Earth.
Rock on nuts and seeds!
We’ve got a new amazing flavor for all of you to try. Introducing Avellana Pesto Hazelnut Cheese! Made with organic basil, garlic and lemon pepper- the flavors mix together to create a warm and fragrant cheese that will practically transport you to a European pub in the 1800’s. Avellana Hazelnut Pesto Cheese pairs perfectly with a glass of wine, ale, or strong hot tea. Find our new Pesto flavor online at Veganessentials.com and in our Eugene locations (Sundance Natural Foods and Capella Market). Need some Avellana cheese in your area? Let your store know you’d like our product there!
We are so very excited to be able to announce the news that all Avellana products are now available to order through the fine folks at Vegan Essentials, one of the most comprehensive online all vegan shops. Now everyone can get every flavor of Avellana Signature Cheese, Avellana Parmesan and Avellana OG Hazelnut Flour delivered right to their door!
Click here to find all our signature cheese flavors at Vegan Essentials!
Click here to find our Vegan Parmesan at Vegan Essentials!
Smoked Paprika: If you like mild and smoky umami, this cheese is for you. The Paprika peppers are roasted and smoked, then ground into a rich and deep red powder. This smoky spice blends well with our hazelnut cheese, adding another layer of complexity to the already smooth and creamy hazelnut cheese.
Italian Herb: A piquant, earthy spice blend (organic Basil, organic Oregano, and organic Rosemary) is a perfect partner for our savory hazelnut cheese, creating a creamy and satisfying herbed experience.
Berbere: Twelve different spices (Organic Paprika, Sea Salt, Organic Cayenne, Organic Fenugreek, Organic Coriander, Organic Cumin, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Clove, Organic Ginger, Organic Turmeric) are combined to produce Berbere, a spice blend that has its origins in Ethiopia. This wonderfully bold, spice blend adds a complex and zesty heat to our creamy hazelnut cheese.
Curry: Colorful, fragrant and incredibly rich, this beautiful and creamy cheese invokes the exotic flavors of India. The spice mix contains organic Coriander, organic Turmeric, organic Fenugreek, organic Ginger, organic Mustard Seed, organic Black Pepper and organic Cayenne.
Cinnamon: Few spices evoke as many warm memories as sweet and fragrant cinnamon. The perfect spice for fall and winter, cinnamon pairs perfectly with the smooth creaminess of our hazelnut cheese.
Avellana Hazelnut Parmesan: Handcrafted from organic Oregon hazelnuts, this parmesan alternative has a deliciously addictive nutty, cultured flavor that’s perfect with soups, salads and pasta.
Avellana Organic Hazelnut Flour: Hazelnut flour is low in carbohydrates, high in protein and is a fantastic source of fiber. Sweet with a mildy nutty taste, it’s the perfect addition to pie crusts, cookies, breads and cakes. Simply substitute 1/3 of the called for flour in a recipe with Avellana for delicious and nutritious results.
All of our products are created and packaged in a dedicated gluten free facility.