Unpredictable Market for Garlic Ingredients

June 2020 saw a good harvest and yield for Chinese garlic, offering an output of 8 – 8.5 million MT. Levels similar to those last seen in 2018.

Because of the excess volume in garlic, prices at the start of the season were low which triggered earlier international buying activity.

The high quality of the crop resulted in a limited supply of smaller bulbs, which dehydrators typically would use. Dehydrators have had to resort to using the readily available larger bulbs to fulfil demand, pushing up the flake prices.

In mid-June the market started to firm and prices climbed rapidly in reaction to the early surge in purchasing. Compared with the lowest level on the 1st June, pricing for garlic is currently 30% higher.

How can Brusco help with your garlic ingredients needs?

Here at Brusco Food Group we have a fantastic selection of powdered garlic, dehydrated minced garlic and garlic puree, ready for your production preference.

Powdered Garlic

Typically found in seasoning, gravy and dry rubs, this beautifully aromatic powder adds incredible flavour to meats or vegetables. Produced by dehydrating and grounding the garlic to a fine powder ready for use.

Dehydrated Minced Garlic

Long lasting, great tasting and easily added to all savoury dishes, our dehydrated minced garlic is highly popular when it comes to ready meals. Perfect within soups, stews and pastas.

Garlic Puree

Beautiful rich in flavour and smooth in texture, our garlic puree is used within spreads, sauces and casserole style dishes.

Not only does the puree add flavour, but it also takes away the hassle of skinning and crushing of cloves. It also saves hands from that ever-lasting garlic smell. Our garlic puree’s come in either ambient cooked or raw.

We offer stable prices during a turbulent Garlic Ingredients Market

Here at Brusco Food Group we are currently holding garlic stock which we are offering at competitive prices.

Talk to our team today 01386 761 555 or email info@brusco.co.uk to discuss your garlic ingredients requirements.

Chestnut Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

The sun is out, we need something to cool us down and sweeten our palette. Our Chestnut Vegan Ice Cream recipe is the best way to do it.

We’d like to say this recipe is healthy and great for losing those lock down pounds, but it’s not.

However, it does contain healthy fats and less sugar than you would find in shop bought ice cream!

It’s also dairy free, but don’t worry, no creaminess was harmed in the making of this vegan ice cream.

Flavour galore!

Chestnuts in the UK are generally a seasonal thing, which we think is a huge injustice.

This gluten free, vegan friendly, tasty little treat really adds richness to this ice cream and goes beautifully with the rum and the coconut. You could also sprinkle marron glace chestnuts on top as a real sugar hit.

Vegan friendly, gluten free, worry less.

The great thing within this ice (coconut)cream recipe is that it’s vegan friendly, gluten free and only tested on the taste buds of Brusco staff.

It has all the creaminess and indulgence of a non-vegan ice cream, without any of the guilt.

We are always looking at ways to make recipes in the marketplace allergen free, so it is more inclusive for all dietary requirements. Check out our fantastic alternatives for an allergen free lifestyle here.

There are so many fantastic ingredients out there which come ‘worry free’. It just takes a little experimenting, an open mind and some research.

Just four simple ingredients!

Enough for 2 x 500ml tubs

You could choose to make your own ice cream cone, however we didn’t. Ours were shop bought and dipped in vegan dark chocolate.

How to make chestnut vegan ice cream

The great thing with this recipe (apart from the fact it involves rum) is that you can make it without using an ice cream machine.

You just need a spoon, some tubs and a freezer… and a little willpower to wait until the ice cream has chilled enough to be more than chestnut coconut soup.

  1. Mix the chestnut puree and rum together until smooth
  2. Whip the coconut cream and icing sugar
  3. Fold in the chestnut/rum mixture with the sugary coconut cream
  4. Leave in an airtight container over night
  5. Chop a handful of Marron Glace
  6. Serve and sprinkle the Marron Glaces on top

Why not try our vegan ice cream for yourself? Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Talk to the team today on +44 (0) 1386 761555 or info@brusco.co.uk to discuss alternative ingredients to make your range more inclusive for customers with dietary requirements.

Allergen free ingredients: Let’s help broaden your range

Allergies are very common within the UK, with 1 in 4 people being affected at some point in their lives. Some have very minor symptoms and suffer for years without treatment, for others it can be a real health risk; every label must be read, ingredients checked and people around them notified.

Many recipes contain allergens, which make them unsafe to eat for those who suffer with allergies leaving their choices in food limited.

What are allergen free ingredients?

Allergen free or ‘allergen safe’ means that the food you are consuming or producing is free from detectable levels of allergens known for creating uncomfortable or health related symptoms.

They are free from the top 14 EU recognised allergens, which include: celery, gluten based cereals (oats and barley), fish, crustaceans (crabs, prawns and lobsters), molluscs (oysters and mussles), eggs, lupin, milk, , mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than 10 PPM – parts per million) and tree nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts).

Allergen free alternatives you can use in your produce?

There are many ingredients that consumers don’t expect to contain allergens. From alcohols to herbs and spices, they really can appear in many forms.

How great would it be if your customers could enjoy their favourite dishes, without worry and without losing some of the most vital flavours.

If you are looking to make your range more inclusive, here are some alternative ingredients to think about…

Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce

Soy sauce is found in many products including flavourings, meat substitutes, frozen meals, Asians foods, peanut butters, condiments plus many more.

It is produced using two of the top eight allergen ingredients; soybeans and wheat.

The distinctive sweet, salty umami taste of soy is created with a clever delicate balance of components, which can be closely replicated using coconut amino’s.

Coconut aminos have over 70% less sodium than soy. It’s gluten free, soy free and utterly delicious; already winning over a selection of our customers.

It can be used in many recipes, whether it’s a simple salad dressing, within a sauce or to add flavour to ready meals and home recipes.

Coconut milk instead of cow’s milk

Coconut milk can be a delicious, creamy replacement for cow’s milk or cream. Possibly not within tea, but great for a flavoured coffee. Also fantastic in smoothies, ice creams, iced drinks, curries or puddings.

We have used coconut milk instead of dairy in our latest vegan chestnut cheesecake recipe, why not try it for yourself?

Note: In the US, coconuts are recognised as a tree nut, therefore are considered an allergen. This is not the case for the European market.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is one of the most common allergens, causing many uncomfortable symptoms until treated.

It is a type of protein found in various grains including rye, wheat and barley and most commonly used to make a product light and spongy in texture, including bread.

Many think going gluten free is great for weight loss, however this isn’t always the case. It is more beneficial when used as part of a long-term eating plan for consumers with gluten intolerance, sensitivity or coeliac disease.

What is the difference between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance?

Coeliac disease is an immune disorder which attacks the tissue of the small intestine over a long period of time. It leads to long term damage such osteoporosis, iron deficiency anaemia and vitamin B12 and folate deficiency anaemia.

Symptoms of coeliac disease includes stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, constipation and bloating.

Gluten intolerance is a fairly common issue throughout the UK and worldwide and is characterised by a reaction to gluten. It offers similar symptoms to coeliac disease, but without the long term affects as it’s an allergy rather than a autoimmune disease.

A gluten free diet is the best way to control the symptoms of both coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.

How do you know if something is gluten free?

Gluten levels in food and drink are measured by PPM – parts per million.

Food that contains between 21 – 100 ppm is described as very low gluten, meaning they are OK for those who are intolerant. Food that is 20 ppm or less is gluten free and safe for those with coeliac disease.

Many ingredients are naturally gluten free, however their production environment runs the risk of cross contamination.

Our gluten free ranges are produced and packed in a gluten free environment, meaning you can cook and create with sound peace of mind.

Gluten free alcohol

Distilled alcohols such as vodka, bourbon, whiskey and scotch are great for making sauces, glazes, and sweet confections. They adapt texture, add flavour and offer real depth to a recipe.

We offer a great selection of branded and unbranded gluten free distilled alcohols, ready for use.

As well as being produced in a contaminated environment, certain wines also use a gluten fining process. The barrels they are stored in can at times be sealed with a wheat paste, meaning some wines you are drinking contain gluten.

You may be surprised to know, wine isn’t always vegan friendly either! Talk to the team about our vegan and gluten friendly wines so you can add extra flavour to your recipe.

Traditional beers, lagers and ales use wheat as their basic grain, meaning many of them contain gluten. Gluten free beers are available as they are based with cereals such as rice, corn, buckwheat or millet.

Whether you want a Merlot for your chilli, a beer to add flavour to your pie or a splash of brandy for your sauce, we have gluten free options to suit.

Gluten free herbs and spices

In their natural state, herbs and spices are gluten free. However, in some cases, they can be contaminated with wheat flour or starch to lower costs.

Our range of herbs and spices are wheat free, and safe to use within your upcoming taste sensation.

Gluten free seeds

Seeds are fantastic for helping boost food processor’s capability to create snacks and baked goods that are rich in nutrients.

Our range of gluten free seeds includes millet, pumpkin, linseed, chia, sunflower, buckwheat, nigella, sesame and caraway, plus many more.

Not only can they offer a new way to improve the health benefits of your produce, but they also add fantastic texture and flavour.

Talk to us about allergen free ingredients

There has been a huge shift in the food industry towards companies being aware of food intolerance and dietary requirements.

Customers are interested in what is going into their food and companies are adapting their production and ingredients to suit.

Variety is very important to our team at Brusco. We make sure our range includes allergen free, vegan friendly and choices between ambient and frozen products.

Talk to the team today on +44 (0) 1386 761555 or info@brusco.co.uk to discuss alternative ingredients to make your range more inclusive for customers with dietary requirements.

Introducing: Ambient Onions

We are excited to announce that we have expanded our onions range and are now offering ambient onions alongside our dehydrated and frozen range.

Available chopped, pureed or caramelised, our new range is ideal for those looking to take a step out of production and reduce costs.

What can you used ambient onions for?

Our ambient onions can be used in the same recipes as our frozen and dehydrated line, however they come ready to use, straight from the packaging.

They have many uses from a delicious base to sauces to adding flavour and texture to chutneys and ready meals.

Easier and cheaper to store

As you will know, ambient products are generally easier to store.

The onions come in aseptic bag and box packaging, meaning they have a long shelf life and no need for costly fridge/freezer storage or transportation.

Many find that they have to store their frozen or fresh onions away from their other ingredients, as the strength of the smell manages to taint the products around them, this helps saves space within the warehouse.

Customers can conveniently store their ambient onions with their other ingredients as the aseptic packaging means the onion odour is contained and will not taint other ingredients.

Prepared 3 ways

There are three options within the ambient range including chopped, pureed and caramelised; convenient for all recipes.

Chopped onions are fantastic for ready meals, pies and curries, adding texture and flavour to our customers produce.

Pureed onions offer the perfect base for gravy’s, sauces, soups and pastes or a chef’s secret ingredient for a smoother risotto (you can thank us later).

Caramelised onions add a rich sweetness to many dishes. Whether you want a sweetened chutney, a delicious topping for a pizza or as an alternative flavour for a decadent burger.

We are really excited about this new range, so can’t wait to tell you more. Get in touch with the team today on 01386 761 555 or email on info@brusco.co.uk.

Market update: Tomatoes supply prices on the rise

Tomatoes, the humble fruit that has been keeping European dishes rich, juicy and utterly delicious since the 16th century.

Due to recent weather conditions and the dreaded COVID 19, prices have started to rise and availability starting to fall, causing a knock on effect to customers and manufacturers.

What has caused the tomatoes supply prices to rise?

There are a number of factors contributing to the fall in availability including:

Rainy season delaying transplanting of seedlings.

At the start of the tomato season, we had an unprecedented amount of rain delaying transplanting of seedlings from poly-tunnels to fields.

The result of this is a shorter growing season and a delayed new season harvest.

Typically harvesting would begin towards the end of July, but this year’s harvest won’t start until the start of August.

The risk of rain towards the end of August and early September could prevent farmers from being able to harvest further reducing the available raw material.

Lower yield from previous season.

Last season produced a lower yield, resulting in lower stock being carried over into this season.

Typically producers will aim to cover the balance towards the end of current season contracts with new season product.

As the delayed harvest will not see new season material shipping until September, the market is getting very short and producers are only willing to contract 75% of expected volume due to market uncertainty.

Yet another COVID-19 challenge

Demand for processed tomato products during COVID-19 has seen a huge uplift, particularly in Italy where they have run out of domestic raw materials.

As a result of this, they have been purchasing material from alternative European regions to help cover requirements, taking further stock out of the market.

The shorter production window has had a huge impact on the availability of low brix products such as chopped tomatoes and passata.

There will be significantly less of these vital ingredients in the market, and the price of both has seen a big price increase.

To stop this becoming an issue for our customers, new and current, we are in discussions with several producers trying to get the best prices possible.

We are more than happy to share these prices with you, so please get in touch with the team today on info@brusco.co.uk or give them a call on 01386 761555. We will look forward to hearing from you.


Pulled Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

The sun is shining, the BBQ’s are heating up and we are ready to enjoy some delicious pulled Jackfruit! This recipe can be added to a burger bun with all the trimmings, in a salad or in tacos!

Pulled jackfruit taco ingredients

Our favourite recipe is pulled jackfruit tacos. Crunchy, zesty and can be easily adapted to suit your taste and what you have in the fridge/cupboard.

We chose salsa, you could use coleslaw or pickled shredded veg. We had sliced avocado; you could make guacamole. The rules are ‘there are no rules!’

Ingredients for pulled jackfruit Tacos

Jackfruit mixture

  • Coconut oil
  • 1 onion (we chose red)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno (depending on your heat tolerance)
  • 2/3 teaspoons BBQ sauce
  • Lime to serve

(now for the spices)

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt

Side trimmings

  • Salsa crunchier the better (homemade or jarred)
  • Avocado
  • Taco shells

Healthy lifestyle, healthy mind

Since COVID-19 first hit, the need to be healthier has become paramount to our daily lifestyle. Not only for our bodies, but also our minds.

People are working out more, experimenting with recipes and many have used this time to be try something different.

A great way to help encourage a healthier lifestyle is by switching to a plant-based diet.

Different to a vegan diet, the plant-based diet focuses more on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. Taking vegetables, fruit and other plant-based products and doing something a little different.

Pulled jackfruit is a great example of something ingenious that you can do with a fruit, offering the perfect alternative to pulled pork. No slow cooking, less fat and high in vitamin C.

How to create pulled jackfruit

The star of the show…

  • Check your jackfruit is fully shredded
  • Fry off the onions until soft in olive oil
  • Add the garlic and jalapeno and cook for extra minute
  • Fry off the jackfruit with the onion’s mixture
  • Season with the herbs and spices and BBQ sauce
  • Cook until the jackfruit has started to crisp
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice
  • Heat your tacos as per instructions on the packet

Prepare your sides

  • Slice or chop up your avocado
  • Prepare your salsa (if making yourself)
  • And pile your tacos full of crunchy fresh goodness!
  • You can also add cheese and sour cream, if you’re open to dairy additions.

This pulled jackfruit recipe is fantastic for all occasions. Whether you’re having a night with the other half, enjoying a family dinner or having some you time.

Talk to our team today on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk about jackfruit, we have some fantastic options available along with other products perfect for

The Plant-Based Diet: how to live a healthier lifestyle

The main tip that health professionals always offer is to ‘not diet but change your lifestyle’.  Fad diets and unhealthy alternatives can help you lose weight quickly, but also help you gain it back even quicker

If you are looking to feel healthier, take control of your weight management and feel better physically, a plant-based diet could be for you.

What is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is more of a lifestyle choice. It involves adapting your eating habits to include plant-based whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts and legumes, limiting the amount of animal produce.

Plant-based vs Vegan

The main different between vegan and plant-based choices is that a vegan lifestyle refrains from any animal produce, where as a plant-based diet gives the option of animal produce but focuses the diet mainly on produce from plant sources.

Vegan dieters cannot eat the likes of eggs, honey, dairy or any other animal derived produce. These are still an option for plant-based dieters, depending on their preference.

A plant-based lifestyle invites more ‘whole’ foods into their recipes. Whole foods have gone through very little, if any processing and stay in their original state.

Plant-based diet benefits

When switching to a plant-based diet, a high percentage of people have felt physically better with less fatigue and more energy, others have experienced weight loss and less stomach pain.

Enjoying a plant-based diet involves eating less sugar, fat and sodium allowing those who follow the diet to take control of their weight management, disease prevention and help towards a lighter environmental footprint.

Best replacements for a plant-based diet

For many texture is very important when eating, especially when taking on a new lifestyle. There are many substitutes you can enjoy when creating your own plant-based dinners, without straying away from the meals that you loved before.


One of our favourite healthy substitutes for meat is jackfruit.

Jackfruit is high in vitamin C, dietary fibre and potassium. Its texture is fibrous and dense and has been compared to banana, mango and pineapple.

It can be cooked in chunks or shredded, making it a great substitute in pulled pork, curries and as a replacement for pork or chicken.

If you are looking for a tried and tested pulled pork recipe, here’s one we made earlier!


Over the past few years, cauliflower has found its new lease of life. Once a side dish hidden below heaps of cheesy sauce during a roast (also delicious), now offering a focal point of its own.

The texture of cauliflower, if not over boiled is deliciously crunchy and the perfect addition to a curry. The nutty flavour works well with Indian spices and incredible when paired with creamy textures.

If you are looking for an alternative to rice, cauliflower is king. You can now buy in most supermarkets, but it is also very easy to make at home. Simply pulse your cauliflower in a food processor, heat and serve.

Thinking you will miss out on pizza on a plant-based diet? Not with cauliflower. With a quick blitz, microwave and moulding you will have a pizza base ready for all those delicious vegetables to be piled on.


Whether you are looking for crunch or creaminess, chestnuts have so many uses within a plant-based diet.

They can be cooked and prepared in many ways from a creamy chestnut puree, ready to be used in a ‘non-cheese cheesecake’ to adding extra texture to your summer salad.

We have no idea why chestnuts aren’t used more in recipes, so why not join us on our campaign to make chestnuts ‘not just for Christmas’.

Coconut milk

Many still use milk, crème fraiche or cream to add creaminess to their smoothies, ice cream or curries. Don’t lose that indulgent texture and switch to coconut milk instead.


Many already enjoy leeks as part of their weekly meal choices, whether it’s for a leek in cheese sauce, to add flavour to soups or mixed into a delicious quiche, however have you ever tried layering it in your lasagne as a replacement for pasta sheets?

The Hairy Bikers do an excellent recipe, worth a try! Our tip would be to cut them into manageable bite size sections, as the layers aren’t as easy to cut as pasta.

Another great vegetable for layering would be aubergines, also delicious when stuffed or roasted.

Get experimental with plant-based recipes

The main tip we would offer when creating your own plant-based recipes would be to experiment. So many plants, fruits and nuts change dimension when cooked differently.

Instead of boiling vegetables, try roasting, instead of eating your fruit cold, why not try heating on a griddle with some sugar? The flavours that come from changing your cooking habits are amazing, so why not give it a go.

It’s incredible what nature can offer.

For more information on plant-based ingredients, talk to our team today on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk. We have a great selection of jackfruit, coconut milk, nuts, seeds, beans and pulses ready for you to try. We will look forward to hearing from you.



Chestnut Truffle Vegan Cheesecake

Treat yourself this afternoon to this delicious, gluten free, vegan cheesecake.

Full of flavour, utterly indulgent and the perfect way to treat you and your loved ones with a glass of milk, cup of tea or a glass of something fizzy.

Cheesecake ingredients



  • 100g dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 100ml coconut milk or almond milk
  • 440g can unsweetened chestnut puree
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Vegan friendly and Gluten free indulgence

With COVID-19 deciding whether we come or go, we are all finding new ways to indulge in little luxuries. We are taking time to develop new skills, learning more about what we are eating and putting effort into filling our bodies with healthier, delicious alternatives.

This vegan cheesecake recipe is perfect for the whole family, whatever your dietary requirements. It’s gluten free, fit for a vegan lifestyle and if you struggle to process sugar, not a problem!

The ‘not so secret’ ingredient: Chestnuts

The depth and creaminess of this vegan cheesecake comes from chestnuts. Naturally sweet, low in fat and the perfect pairing for chocolate.

Chestnuts can be used in many recipes to help add depth in flavour and alternative dairy free creaminess.

If you would like to know more about these delicious healthy treats, read our ‘Chestnuts: Not just for Christmas’ blog here.

Simple Steps to creating this delicious Vegan Cheesecake

  1. Prep the tin: Simply line the bottom and sides of a round cake tin (preferably springform) with baking paper.
  2. Melt your chocolate: Throw in your chopped chocolate and coconut milk into a heatproof bowl, place over a pan of simmering water (with no contact) and stir until the chocolate and milk have combined. Set aside to cool.
  3. Time for the crust: This recipe is easier with a food processor, however, is achievable with a little elbow grease. Combine your biscuits and oil together in the processor until blended fully into a crumb.

Once blended, press into your tin. Looking to achieve an even base? Press down with the bottom of a glass.

  1. And now for the filling: Clean your food processor bowl and scrape in your melted chocolate and remaining filling ingredients. Blend until smooth and utterly delicious. This is the perfect time to take advantage of being the chef. Taste and sweeten to suit your palette.

Scoop the mixture onto the top of the base and smooth with the back of a fork or a wetted metal spoon. Cover and leave to cool in a fridge for at least 4 hours.

  1. And serve! Once cooled, release the sides, gently peel off the baking paper and present as you wish! I like a scraping of orange peel on mine.

Try making your own vegan cheesecake

If you would like to share your own efforts on making our Chestnut Vegan Cheesecake, or have any other ideas on Gluten Free, Plant Based or delicious Vegan Puddings, please feel free to post on LinkedIn and tag us! We are always looking for new and exciting ways of baking and cooking.

Talk to our team today about orders on any of the ingredients used within our cheesecake recipe on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761 555.


Know your Onions : Understanding Dehydrated Onion

Onions are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables first discovered over 5,000 years ago. Easy to grow throughout the world it’s no surprise they became a staple kitchen ingredient.

Whether you are a restaurant chef, a baker, a butcher or a home cook, onions are sure to feature in your store cupboard.

Used in a variety of cuisines, onions enhance the flavour of many of our favourite dishes.

They add a delicious bite to chutneys and stir-fry’s, a beautiful base for curries, casseroles, soups and stocks, and in powdered form a welcome addition to spice mixes.

With such an important ingredient, we take the quality of our onion supplies very seriously.

The benefits of dehydrated onion?

Dehydrating onions locks in their essence. When re-hydrated in a recipe you find the onion flavour infuses into your dish providing a wonderful caramel-like aroma.

Some customers re-hydrate their onions before adding to their products, others just use them how they are. To re-hydrate, simply add water.

Offering a long shelf life, dehydrated onion is easy to store and given the re-hydration factor is around 4:1 you can cut down on transport costs and storage room required relative to a fresh or frozen alternative.

All this helps reduce costs in the long run minimising transport, storage and waste.

How does the price of dehydrated onion compare to fresh or frozen?

At first glance, the price of dehydrated onions exceeds that of frozen. However, it’s competitive on price once re-hydrated considering you get approximately 4 times the end product.

Onion supplies available

Our onion supplies come in various shapes and sizes, but our three most popular products include; onion powder, minced onion and kibbled onion.

The beauty of having a range of sizes and textures means that you have a product ready prepared, available to use immediately. No peeling, no chopping and no watery, crying eyes.

Onion Powder

Our onion powder does what it says on the box, it comes in a fine powder and is perfect for use in seasoning mixes, stocks and used commonly within the bakery and snack industries.

That beautiful flavour you enjoy when indulging in a bag of crisps, comes from onion powder.

Dehydrated Minced onion

Minced onion is finely chopped into small flakes. Ideal as a base ingredient, ready to kick start the flavour for your final culinary delight.

Ideal for use within meat products such as sausages and burgers, but also perfect for dried goods such as stuffing mixes and to add flavour to breadcrumbs.

Our customers have also been known to use our minced onion within soups and pie fillings.

Dehydrated Kibbled onion

If you want something a little chunkier, to really add some bite and texture, our kibbled onion is ideal.

We love to see our kibbled onions used within chutneys and ready meals such as curries, savoury rice’s, casseroles and stews.

Talk to our team today

Being a base ingredient, we know how important a constant supply of onion is, which is why we constantly work with our customers to keep them fully stocked.

Talk to our team today on 01386 761 555 or info@brusco.co.uk to discuss your onion supply requirements, and what we can do to help perfect your product.

Chestnuts: Not just for Christmas

As soon as the clock strikes twelve on new years eve the race to develop new lines for the next Christmas period begins. Food manufacturers and the retail industry start the hunt for new ingredients and food creations to fill the shelves. For the average consumer, the idea of talking about anything festive before October is unheard of. Those in the food and beverage world know that Christmas preparation lasts all year round.

A traditionally festive ingredient is the chestnut. Commonly used in Christmas stuffing or mixed with brussel sprouts, the Chestnut has been a staple of the English Christmas menu for over two hundred years.  As we talk to our customers about chestnut supplies, it has led us to thinking more about why these delicious treats aren’t an all year-round thing.

Are Chestnuts a Nut?

There are various types of nut. Nuts such as hazelnuts, acorns and chestnuts are in fact a fruit and don’t generally carry the same allergen properties* of a tree nut. Tree nuts are seeds of drupes and include almonds, cashews and brazil nuts.

Botanically part of the beech family, chestnuts originate from the northern hemisphere. Native to forests in Japan, China, North America and Europe. They are shiny and brown in colour, with long, sharp spikes, also known as burrs. While similar in appearance, Horse Chestnuts are not edible by humans and they should not be confused.

Chestnuts are versatile, full of flavour and a great staple for your store cupboard.

When is chestnut season?

Traditionally chestnuts are eaten in the lead up to Christmas. They are in season in late autumn/ early winter. Lucky for us, they can easily be prepped and stored to last all year round.

To test if a chestnut is ripe, simply give it a squeeze, if there is a slight ‘give’ then the chestnut is ready to harvest. As soon as the nut comes off the tree, they start to shrivel, so it’s best to harvest them as soon as possible.

Are chestnuts good for you?

In comparison to other nuts, chestnuts are lower in fat and protein, but higher in carbohydrates. Full of potassium, iron, zinc and fibre, these tasty little treats are a great addition to a healthy diet.

If you are looking to up your vitamin intake, chestnuts are full of vitamin C, meaning they are great for helping keep your skin, bones and blood cells nice and healthy.

They are gluten free and have a natural sweetness making them ideal use in deserts as a diary replacement.

Kitchen skills and cooking chestnuts

In Europe and in Asian countries, chestnuts are part of the weekly diet. Providing a tasty addition to stews, pasta and puddings. Over the last two years we have seem more restaurants start to use chestnuts as an ingredient in plant-based creations such as risottos and soups. Their natural sweetness make chestnuts an ideal component in deserts whether as an ice cream or in pureed formed mixed with alcohol such as rum or kirsh.

We provide many manufacturers and retailers with chestnuts in various forms, to help with preparation.

Whole and broken chestnuts

Our whole chestnuts come roasted, peeled, blanched and vacuum packed. They are ready to be enjoyed as a snack or mixed in with your favourite recipes.

Whole and broken chestnuts can be chopped and added to a salad or stirred into a warm risotto! The great thing about this store cupboard essential is that they have a long shelf life.

Dried kibbled chestnuts

Primarily created for our manufacturing customers, our dried kibbled chestnuts are dried chestnut pieces ideal for dry mixes such as soups and stuffing.

Known to be popular during Christmas dinner, there is no reason why we can’t carry on using this aromatic stuffing all year round!

Chestnut puree

Our chestnut puree consists of roasted chestnuts which have been blended ready to be used in soups, sauces, but are the ideal application for dairy replacement in desserts.

Great in sweet and savoury dishes, the versatility of our chestnut puree is every chef’s dream.

Candied Chestnuts

Commonly known as Marron Glaces, our candied chestnuts are ‘melt in your mouth’, sweet bites of utter delight!

They come in jars and are ready for a hit of sweetness. Perfect to help sweeten up your day.

Gluten free and a healthy indulgence

There are many recipes that can include chestnuts. They are gluten free and vegan, so perfect for plant based and vegan recipes.

Their textural versatility can provide creaminess to dairy-free recipes and they can work well in gluten free baking. Naturally sweet, yet warming and rich.

Keep an eye out for upcoming chestnut recipes for you to try for yourself! Feel free to share your achievements on social media.

If you have any questions on our product range, or if you would like to become a customer, please get in touch with the team on info@brusco.co.uk or 01386 761 555.