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Newsletter April 19, 2017:

Video: Interview with the Master of the Berkeley Olive Grove – Darro Grieco

Dear brothers and sisters,

Darro Grieco, the Master of the Berkeley Olive Grove, is dedicated to producing the finest olive oil for your enjoyment. We call it “Heritage”, it abounds in polyphenols which are beneficial antioxidants for your well being. It was our privilege to interview him; here he is to tell you of his work and aspirations.

May you and family prosper in good health,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods


Recipe: Glazed Persimmon Cannelloni

by Master Live Food Chef Kelly of Raw Gourmet La Vie

We urge you to visit her wonderful website.

Irish moss Paste


2 hefty handfuls of Irish moss


Place the moss into a straining bowl. Take the bowl outside and completely rinse the sand and debris out of the moss. Do this several times until the moss is clean. Bring it back into the kitchen and place it in a large bowl. Cover the Irish moss with filtered water. Let sit for 1 hour. Drain it and repeat the procedure 2 more times. When the water runs clear, place it into a glass air tight container. Fill it with filtered water and place it into the refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove it from the refrigerator and place it into a strainer. Rinse it again with filtered water. The expanded moss should measure 4 cups. Place it into a Vitamix and add 1 cup of filtered water. Blend it until creamy smooth. Test it by hand to make sure there is no grittiness. Place it into a mason jar with a plastic lid and put it into the refrigerator. Take some masking tape and mark the date on the jar. It will last for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Note: You will have Irish moss left over from this recipe. Use it in smoothies, cheeses, facials, or however you choose. I love it for all of its wonderful properties.

Persimmon cream filling Ingredients:

1 cup fresh Thai Young coconut meat
1 cup dried persimmons (Living Tree Community Foods)
3 cups filtered water
¼ tsp. fresh organic turmeric (microplane grater)
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
¾ cup Irish moss paste
3 tbsp. organic maple syrup
20 drops Orange Medicine Flower extract
¼ cup melted coconut butter
1 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. Sunflower lecithin


Soak the persimmons in 3 cups of filtered water for one hour. Drain and save the persimmon water. Place the drained persimmons, coconut meat, turmeric, lemon juice, salt, maple syrup, 3 Tbsp. of the persimmon water, and orange extract into a Vitamix. Blend until creamy smooth. Add the melted coconut butter to the Vitamix and blend it in. Add the coconut oil and blend it in using a tamper. Remove ½ cup from the Vitamix and set it aside for future use. Take the remaining mixture and place it into an airtight container in the refrigerator overnight.

Coconut Persimmon Swirl


½ cup persimmon cream filling
1 cup fresh Thai young coconut meat
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 13.66 oz. Thai young coconut milk
2 tbsp. organic maple syrup
10 drops orange Medicine Flower extract

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Featured Item: Black Sesame Tahini – Alive & Organic

Our Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini is a glorious, shining black. Made from organic UNHULLED black sesame seeds.The taste is profoundly sesame – robust and enlivening. This is our original creation (others have since tried to copy it). We presented it to the organic food industry at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California in March 2003. People were delighted, they called it “caviar”!


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Alive Bonus Program – Pumpkin Seeds, Heritage Olive Oil, Lively Chocolate Gift Pack and Alive Almond Butter

We are celebrating the launch of our new website by offering an extra bonus of a half pound of Alive, Organic Oregon Grown Pumpkin Seeds with every order of $70 or more. We invite you to taste their goodness and rejoice in their appearance.

Visit the Pumpkin Seed page!

New! Items For April

Gold Tipped Medjool Dates (California) – Sundried & Organic

These beautiful dates have a firmer texture and are a vitalizing treat as a dessert or snack. Firmer and with more depth of flavor. Pack them along when traveling or hiking. Its easy to remove the pits and use for a wealth of culinary applications. Great addition to school lunches.




Black Cumin Seed Oil – Alive & Organic

Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) is a powerful medicinal plant and the oil is a concentrated essence.The healing properties of the seeds have been regarded as a cure-all down through the ages. They have been found in Egyptian tombs.




Large Sundried California Medjool Dates

These medjool dates are magnificent. Just the thing to lift the drear of winter. Rejoice with them! Share with friends and family.





“Call Of The Wild” White Clover Honey – Alive & Organic

We feel privileged to bring you this Canadian honey.

Profoundly rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections.

This honey originates in the sweet clover meadows of British Columbia and Alberta.




“Some Like It Hot” Cayenne Chocolate Bar

This, our creation, is dedicated to Isadore Duncan, a trailblazing dancer whose emphasis on freer, naturalistic movement was a precursor to modern dance. She defied the straightlaced social mores of her day and was viewed as an early feminist.

For the super-woman in your life!




April Victory Garden Sale


10% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree produced product, you get an additional 10% off!)


Chia Cherry Blueberry Cranberry Butter – Alive & Organic

We have combined chia seeds with Oregon grown Blueberries, California cherries and Cranberries. We’ve also added Black Sesame Oil (more than 60% omega-3 fatty acid), honey and a dash of Royal Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt.
The Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Its high energy to weight ratio makes it a favorite choice of long distance runners and other athlete.




Pecan Butter – Alive & Organic

Our pecans are grown on a family farm in Texas and blended with a little Pink Himalayan Salt. Try our Organic Pecan Butter straight on fresh crunchy vegetables. It’s also delicious mixed with your favorite soup or finely shredded cabbage, zucchini and carrots. Use one tablespoon per serving.




Cashew Butter – Alive & Organic

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic sunflower seeds into a butter that goes well on apple slices as well as celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and dates too–what hor d’oevres you’ll make!
Sundried cashews have been transformed into a butter that retains its quintessential cashew flavor. Try it on apple slices, celery sticks or a wedge of persimmon.




Roasted Almond Butter 16oz – Organic

For those who enjoy the heightened flavor afforded by roasting, we carefully roast and grind a mixture of organic almonds. We do not add oil or preservatives. Like the Raw Almond Butter, this is a tremendous source of energy. Living Tree Community Foods Roasted Almond Butter is ideal to bring on camping trips.

A Shower at Night Might Help You Sleep Better

(Mercola) Environmental temperature has more than one influence on how your body functions. For example, did you know that exposure to extreme temperatures can be a catalyst to improve your health?

As you may have read in previous articles, mitochondria are the energy generators in your cells. When they don’t work properly, your body’s ability to produce energy is impaired. This may affect not only your metabolism but also your immune system and how diseases are triggered and grow.

The key to getting older mitochondria out and creating new ones is called mitochondrial biogenesis. This process is triggered through exposure to extreme temperatures, exercise and intermittent fasting, for example.

Your sleep is also dependent on appropriate temperature regulation. As you sleep your body’s natural internal temperature drops to the lowest level, usually about four hours after falling asleep.

You may take advantage of this function, improve your quality of sleep and your ability to fall asleep, by making a few adjustments in the evening.

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The Killing is Over and Spring Migration is On

(Buffalo Field Campaign) It has been an intensely difficult winter for the buffalo and those of us who love them. At least 1,300 wild buffalo souls were lost, taken by the rifle and the trap to appease the intolerance of the vocal minority that make up Montana’s cattle industry. The lives of all these buffalo were wasted because those who continue to wage war on the west insist that the land is theirs to do with with as they please, other lives be damned. Thankfully, for now, the killing is over. The trap is closed and the hunters are gone. Spring is here and the snow is melting. Migratory birds such as pelicans, Sandhill cranes, and mountain blue birds have returned early. Grizzly bears are waking up and the grass is turning green. The timing for the buffalo and other grazers could not be better. They suffered a long, hard winter — just the snow conditions alone were enough to kill many — and their haggard bodies are hungry for nutritious grasses. Adult females, bellies huge with calves, are bringing their families to where they will find replenishment and rest.

Buffalo have all but vanished from the Gardiner Basin. Just a few small groups remain, poised to join the other survivors who are heading south to their calving grounds around Blacktail Plateau. Some buffalo will continue further, and come from other places, heading west into the Hebgen Basin and on to Horse Butte and surrounding lands here. Near West Yellowstone, a buffalo nation is coming! And thanks to last year’s enormous victory of gaining year-round habitat in a portion of this basin, our volunteers and local residents are able to celebrate this sacred arrival without the bitter edge that always came with the fear of hazing. This time, the buffalo can roam to Horse Butte and lands north without being threatened by horsemen, law enforcement officers, or helicopters. They can stand on the land they need to, have their babies in peace, and grow strong without being brutally chased by livestock agents for miles on tiny legs. The buffalo families coming to Horse Butte and other lands north of the Madison River now get to choose where they will roam and for how long. Despite these great victories, threats remain.

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