Monthly Archives: March, 2016


Make Your Own Probiotic Organic Coconut Yoghurt

March 16th, 2016 Posted by Recipes No Comment yet

Organic Probiotic Coconut Yoghurt

This portion is for our daily cafe service.
At home you may want to halve this recipe.
4 cans of ‘Trade Aid’ fair trade, organic coconut milk
1 sachet ‘Body Ecology’ Kefir starter culture.

Blend in a food processor or blender.
Pour into a glass or earthenware vessel, cover with a
cheesecloth/lid and leave on a kitchen bench for two nights.
Transfer to a refrigerator and use within three days.

It’s all about gut health……
Your delicious daily dose of probiotic coconut yoghurt will fuel your digestive system with beneficial bacteria. This has many positive effects. It may aid digestive efficiency and the uptake of nutrients from your food. Your immune system may benefit as your body utilises the healthy bacteria and your digestive and elimination systems improve. You should feel an improved health balance and vitality.

Image Above: Wise Cicada’s Organic Vegan, Gluten Free
Bircher Muesli with Fresh Organic Fruit Salad
and Home-made Coconut Yoghurt



It’s All in Our Name

March 16th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Wise Cicada – It’s All in Our Name…….

The ancient tale by Aesop describes a young cicada who chirps and sings and bathes in the sun all day while his friend, an ant, works tirelessly to ensure food is gathered and shelter built to support his family through winter. As we all know, the cicada’s ways will not sustain his survival long term. Like cicada, individuals and communities in this time must become wiser about sustainable practises,
making conscious choices in order to maintain our own health and the planet’s health.


In Season – March – Fresh Organic Figs

March 16th, 2016 Posted by In Season No Comment yet

Everything about a fresh fig is special.

The fleeting season may make a fig lover so excited they devour more than they should. And just consider their incredible packaging! They are inside out, with flowers and seeds inverted via the ostiole,
all ripening inside creamy flesh.

Even though that sounds and looks a bit weird, they are delicious and extremely alkalising. Packed with soluble fibre, a fresh fig is a guilt free treat, beneficial for digestive health, insulin regulation, blood pressure and studies have shown that ficus carica (or fig) may help inhibit some types of cancer cells.

Our fabulous and special fresh figs are grown with love by Kent and Kathy in Bethells Beach, Auckland using permaculture practises.In Store Now!

An organic fig bought from Wise Cicada is rich in potassium and contains good levels of calcium, magnesium, iron and copper, plus vitamins A E and K.

Part of the mulberry family (Moraceae), the fig (ficus carica) is one of the world’s oldest trees, first cultivated from wild Asian varieties in the deltas of ancient Egypt. Today it is a food crop
that unites many cultures and countries. Our certified organic dried bulk figs come from Turkey where the fig growing tradition has flourished for thousands of years.

Available for just a few heavenly weeks between summer and autumn, delicate perishable, precious figs are one of the treasures on our shelves in March.

But don’t be sad when the season has gone,  there’s good news it seems a dried fig contains even more nutrition than a fresh one!

Refs: The Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Michael Murray, Hachette UK 2005
The Origins of Fruits and Vegetables, Jonathan Roberts, Harper Collins 2001