Newsletter - May 5, 2021

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Video: An Interview with Olivia and Darro Grieco - Masters of the Berkeley Olive Grove

Dear brothers and sisters,

Olivia and Darro Grieco create  our Heritage Olive Oil. They are California family farmers, the true guardians of their  soil, plants and trees.

They make our Heritage Olive Oil from Mission olives, an heirloom variety introduced to California over 250 years ago.  They grow the olives in their world historic Berkeley Olive Grove. Professors and engineers with the University of California founded it in 1913.

Located at the base of Table Mountain in the heart of Butte County, in Northern California, the soil and clime there are ideal for olive growing.

We invite you to rejoice in its robust flavor. Those in the know will note how its pungency enhances the flavors of food.

This olive oil has a high available biophenol content, 2.7 times the average. Biophenols are a subset of antioxidants; they have a wide range of effects on the body.

Some biophenols keep your skin glowing, while others help to promote good gut health, thereby enhancing your immune system.        

If If you are planning to re-create yourself with alive, organic food, then increasing your intake of biophenols should be on your agenda.

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: A Few Words on Our Pecan Butter - Alive & Organic

Opportunities at Living Tree Community Foods

Bookkeeper - We are seeking a bookkeeper.  Someone with at least 3-5 years experience.  Extensive QuickBooks experience is a must. Preferably with a college degree in business or accounting.

Sales Manager - We are seeking a sales manager; ideally with 3-5 years of experience in the food industry. Perfect for someone in empathy with alive, organic foods.

Internship - If you are contemplating a career in the organic food industry, why not begin with an internship. Work side by side with us in sales and marketing. We also offer hands-on experience in making nut butters, oils and chocolates.

For more information, write to us and send a resume to

Recipe: Raw Carrot Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

recipe image from remote site

Raw vegan carrot cake made with 10 wholesome ingredients! Tender, 30 minutes to make, and topped with an optional cashew cream cheese frosting! 


FROSTING (optional)

  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


New! Items For May

California Heritage Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It's back! We are delighted to be offering it to you again.

Living Tree Community Foods California Heritage Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants. We invite you to rejoice in its robust, sharp flavor. Experience how its pungency enhances the flavors of food.

Our California Heritage Olive Oil has a high available biophenol content: 605 ppm (parts per million) compared with 222 ppm for most extra virgin olive oils. In other words, its biophenol content is 2.7 times the average. Very high phenolic content and excellent stability should provide long shelf life of over a year as well as beneficial health value. This olive oil has, along with its bitterness and pungency, mineral and green vegetable organoleptic characteristics.

Tibetan Black Barley - Alive & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Raw Organic Tibetan Black Barley is provided by Oregon Grain & Bean, with this crop grown on an organic farm in Idaho. Tibetan Black Barley, with its bran intact, retains its firm, plump texture during cooking, making it perfect in soups, stuffings and stews. It’s also great when mixed with other grains due to its somewhat chewy, contrasting texture.

Pineapple Rings – Organic

New crop! Beautiful slices. What wonderful fruit salads you’ll make!

As a symbol of hospitality, the pineapple has a cultural association with the idea of—welcome—and has been used traditionally as a gift when meeting someone new in cultures all over the world.

Pineapple also has many health benefits and is loaded with calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, and is rich in manganese, a trace mineral the body uses to build bone and connective tissues.

Macadamia Nuts Whole (Hawaiian) – Alive & Organic

We are delighted to say that our Hawaiian macadamia nuts are back. Quality and flavor are superb.

Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.
Our macadamias are crisp, fresh and alive!

Buckwheat Groats - Alive & Organic

Buckwheat Groats are buckwheat seeds that have been hulled. Subtly flavored when raw, buckwheat develops an earthly, nutty taste when roasted, long used as a tasty cereal-type grain called kasha.

This gluten-free grain can be substituted for wheat, oats, rye or barley. You may also grind it into a flour to use in buckwheat pancakes or combine with wheat flour to use in baked goods.

May 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!)
Milk of Paradise – Cashew & Macadamia Butter – Alive and Organic

Living Tree Community Foods Organic Milk of Paradise Cashew and Macadamia Butter is created in Berkeley, California from a combination of organic nuts. Starting with cashews, we’ve added Hawaiian macadamia nuts to create a profoundly rich and delicious combination. The flavors of the nuts are accentuated by our organic Hawaiian Native Forest Honey and pink crystal salt. It is produced slowly, in small batches, to give it a wondrous, creamy texture.

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

Living Tree Community Foods raw, alive and organic Clover Honey has a rich, buttery flavor. Try on a slice of apple or pear. Blend into almond or coconut milk. Lends itself to alive confections like chia seed pudding.

Cacao Nibs – Alive & Organic

Living Tree Community Foods raw, alive and organic cacao nibs come from Ecuador. They are of fine quality. They have a fragrance that will intrigue and a taste that will delight.

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