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Newsletter November 20, 2017:

Video: A Thanksgiving Greeting to Brothers and Sisters

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thanksgiving seems to us, an appropriate time, to share some thoughts on the people of this great land and the challenges they face in spirit and body.

Allow us, then, to take you on an excursus of soul.

Please accept our regards to you and family for a festive and inspiring Thanksgiving.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Recipe: Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Hummus

by Master Live Food Chef Rachel Carr

Pumpkin is a fascinating ingredient-it can be sweet, savory and spicy. It can be used in curries, soups, pies and pastries!

Pumpkin’s used in almost every culture’s cuisine-Mediterranean, Latin-American, Korean, North American, Middle Eastern… you name it!

It’s best when baked or roasted, in my opinion, because the natural sweetness is enhanced!

Here it’s mixed in with roasted winter squash in a cozy pumpkin hummus, with a hint of spice. Serve with fresh crudite and warm pita for a delicious autumn snack. Bring it to a your next fall gathering and share the pumpkin love!

Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Hummus

Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
35 mins

Serves: 16 oz

2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
6 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
4 Tablespoons tahini
2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2-4 Tablespoons water (as needed)
Salt and pepper to taste

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Alive, Organic Almond Butter 16oz

Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Heritage Olive Oil and Medjool Dates for the Month of November

New! Items For November

Coconut Oil – Alive & Organic – Back!

Living Tree Raw Organic Coconut Oil is made from fresh coconuts. The flesh is chopped and placed in an expeller press. The temperature of the coconut flesh and the emulsion does not exceed room temperature. The coconut milk emulsion has the water “spun” out of the oil using a centrifuge. This is the only method of extraction that requires no heat at all. This virgin coconut oil is creamy and the smooth. It has a very mild taste. Melts in your mouth like a delicious candy. Very low moisture contents and a very long shelf life.



Boreal Dulse Flake Energizing Mix – Back!

Starting with Dulse from the pristine waters of Iceland, we’re added pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and black sesame meal.
We suggest sprinkling it on everything you eat. The dulse flakes are harvested by Grettir Hreinsson, a live food afficionado. Gathered in a remote part of Iceland. Dehydrated below 83 degrees, Fahrenheit. We’ve added California almonds, Oregon pumpkin seeds as well as sunflower and sesame seeds.



Peaches (California) – Sundried & Organic – Back!

Organic and Sundried! Moist and chewy.





Hemp Hearts – Alive & Organic

Hemp hearts are a nutrient dense source of protein, essential fats, and antioxidants.
We suggest you add to soup, salad or vegetable dishes. Sprinkle onto cereal, oatmeal or yogurt. Add to desserts. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle onto almond or cashew butter spread on a slice of apple or pear.
Sprinkle in sandwiches or wraps.





Ohi’a Lehua Blossom Honey

We invite you to plunge back to sun – filled days of times long past with the lilting, floral flavor of the essence of Ohi’a Lehua blossoms.

A white honey, delightfully thick and spreadable.

Mix with almond or cashew butter and spread on a slice of apple for an ecstatic experience.





Jujubes – Alive, Organic Chinese Date Apples

Imagine Ziziphus jujuba on your Thanksgiving table! Grown for you by Judith Redmond with Full Belly Farms, an outstanding family farmer here in California.






Lake Baikal Siberian Pine Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

These pinenuts nuts are wildcrafted from trees in a pristine wilderness, the Siberian taiga. This is the most extensive virgin forest in the world. We invite you to experience the taste of the primordial!

Siberian pine nuts are quite different from the pine nuts you find in stores. The latter are imported from China and are a species of Korean pine nut, Pinus Koraiensus. Siberian pine nuts are a different species, Pinus Sibirica. They are the fruits of a majestic and beautiful tree.

November Victory Garden Sale

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

Pumpkin Seed Butter – Alive & Organic

A delightful pumpkin seed spread made from American pumpkin seeds. Nourishing and energizing. A balanced source of good protein.





Coconut Butter – Alive & Organic

Our alive coconut butter is created from alive coconut. Savor its fragrance. Ponder its texture.





Sunflower 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!





White Kiawe Blossom Hawaiian Honey – Alive and Organic

Our rare, certified organic Kiawe Blossom Honey is gathered from an isolated Kiawe forest on the island of Hawaii. The deep tap roots of the Kiawe trees have reached an underground aquifer of fresh water that flows down from the volcanoes. This forest is in a desert and no other vegetation has tapped the aquifer, allowing the bees to collect Kiawe nectar of exceptional purity and quality.




Latest Major Threat to Bees and Trees

(Mercola) Systemic neonicotinoid pesticides have made recent headlines for their association with bee deaths, while glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has also been the topic of much debate following the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) 2015 declaration that the chemical is a probable human carcinogen. A relative newcomer to the scene is dicamba, but it’s quickly earning a similarly ominous reputation as the former two.

Dicamba has been used by farmers for decades, but the release of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybeans — genetically engineered (GE) plants designed to tolerate both glyphosate and dicamba — prompted its use to become more widespread, as well as used in a different way, now sprayed over the top of the GE cotton and soy, where it could easily volatilize and drift onto nearby fields.

Monsanto sold dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean seeds to farmers before the herbicide designed to go with them (which is supposedly less prone to drifting) had gotten federal approval. In 2016, when farmers sprayed their new GE crops with older, illegal formulas of dicamba, and it drifted over onto their neighbors’ non-dicamba-resistant crops, devastating crop damage was reported in 10 states.

Newer dicamba formulations are supposedly less prone to drifting, but this hasn’t stopped the onslaught of reports of dicamba damage. As of August 2017, an estimated 3.1 million acres across the eastern half of the United States had been damaged by dicamba drift, and there’s also disturbing information that the chemical is harming trees.

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