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Fair Trade, Heirloom Offering: Mountain Red Blend
From Summit to Table: Mountain Red Blend
Indian Harvest’s latest innovation on the plate features Fair Trade-grown grains and lentils to yield a flavorful, colorful and sustainable blend.
BEMIDJI, MINN., October 8, 2009 – Indian Harvest, Inc., announces the release of its newest grain-blend innovation for foodservice: Mountain Red Blend.
Mountain Red Blend is a mélange of Fair Trade-grown red and white heirloom rices, black quinoa and green lentils, for a variety of colors, textures and flavors reflecting a diversity of cultures—blended in exacting proportions to maximize the guest experience. In keeping with Indian Harvest’s philosophy of responsible sourcing, Mountain Red Blend represents dedication to Fair Trade principles, which advocate payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards, focusing particularly on exports from developing countries.
The “star” of Mountain Red Blend is Eighth Wonder Ulikan Red Rice, a short-grain variety from the famed Luzon Rice Terraces of the Philippines, speckled with red and with a slightly sweet flavor note that hints of caramelized onion. Eighth Wonder, Inc., working in tandem with Indian Harvest, preserves heirloom rice production and the culture of rice-farming communities in Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Provinces. Eighth Wonder Ulikan Red is one of many examples of Indian Harvest’s dedication to sourcing rare, hard-to-find menu solutions for U.S. foodservice.
Indian Harvest’s Mountain Red Blend also features Himalayan Red Rice, with an al-dente bite and the deep rich color the name implies. Bright green Eston lentils from China retain their color while delivering comforting, almost buttery flavor notes, and black quinoa from South America contributes contrasting color, a slight crunch and additional nutrition. (Quinoa is a “supergrain” containing all eight essential amino acids required for optimum health.) Traditional long-grain white rice balances all elements of the blend to yield a tantalizing, satisfying finish.
Chris Bybee, executive chef and owner of Sublime Catering in Longmont, Colo., features his Moroccan Chicken with Apricots & Green Olives, a best-seller on his menu, atop cooked Mountain Red Blend. (See following recipe.) Mountain Red Blend is easy to prepare, as all ingredients are specially processed to yield a perfectly cooked multi-grain dish.
Case size of Indian Harvest Mountain Red Blend is 6/2-lb. sleeves. Qualified purchasers may sample Mountain Red Blend free. Simply e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 346-7032.