The history of the salad and its countless dressings dates back many centuries.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing greens. And the Egyptians favored a salad dressed with oil, vinegar and Asian spices.
In more recent times in 19th century Greece, the ingredients of a Greek salad resembled those that a Greek farmer would have on hand. Due to this, it’s often thought that Greek salad was a farmer’s breakfast or lunch and grew in popularity from that origin.
The authentic Greek salad or what’s called ‘Horiatiki’, which means village or peasant salad – is basically a combination of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, olives and feta cheese, dressed in olive oil and sprinkled with oregano.
In Italy, you won’t find abundant bottled salad dressings because Italians have long favored a simple mix of olive oil, vinegar and salt. As far as vinegar, regular red or white wine vinegars are most common.
Unfortunately, what originated years ago with robust olive oils and vinegars produced from local farmers has now evolved into mass-produced, overly-processed salad dressings that can compromise your health.
It’s time to return back to the origins…
Why You Should Avoid Most Commercial Salad Dressings
Whether you’re eating a salad on a regular basis to complement a ketogenic diet with healthy fats or simply delighting in leafy green salads for optimal health, organic is clearly the best approach.
Fresh organic vegetables are both healthier and tastier.
However, be aware… even if you go all organic and add healthy fats like avocados, olives and raw nuts to your salad, you could be jeopardizing your health if you drizzle on a highly processed or low-fat salad dressing.
The vast majority of commercial salad dressings are far from healthy. Most are chockfull of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and highly processed omega-6 GMO oils full of toxic herbicides like glyphosate.
Low-fat dressings also need to be avoided. When fat is removed from a food product, it's usually replaced by sugar/fructose in order to taste good, and this is a recipe for poor health.
We only need to look to the Greeks and Italians to find the healthiest salad dressings, and here’s why…
How Wine Vinegar Can Help Boost Your Health
In addition to boosting the savory taste of salads, vegetables and other culinary dishes, different types of vinegars also provide potential health benefits.
Vinegars, such as red and white wine vinegars, are not only great dressings for salads but are also great sources for marinating and tenderizing your favorite proteins.
Red wine vinegar is a type of vinegar that is directly derived from red wine – once the alcohol begins to turn into vinegar, it loses much of its alcoholic content. The increase in vinegar gives red wine vinegar a very good level of acidity, which can help tenderize meat and provide a unique flavor to many dishes.
In addition to its culinary applications, red wine vinegar may offer some vitality benefits as well, as it potentially…
- Supports metabolic health – Helps to boost your fat-burning potential.
- Helps manage premature aging – Contains resveratrol as a powerful antioxidant that can help minimize oxidative stress.
- Supports digestive health – Stimulates the release of gastric juices.
- Promotes cellular health – Due to the resveratrol content.
- Supports bone health – May help improve the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
White wine vinegar can be excellent when used as a salad dressing and to marinate meats as well.
Due to its high-polyphenol content, white wine vinegar has been found to potentially:
- Help support your blood health.
- Aid in weight management.
- Promote cellular health.
- Help neutralize free radicals.
- Demonstrate anti-glycemic properties.
Unfortunately, not all red and white vinegars are created equal and can offer you optimal savory taste and health benefits.
We’ll have more coming up on what to look for but first…
What’s the Key to Olive Oil’s Reported Vitality Benefits?
When it comes to olive oil pressed from fresh olives, the Italians, Greeks and Spaniards have long had a corner on the market.
In addition to enjoying the great taste of olive oil, Greeks understand that there’s more to the oil than meets the eye.
It’s important to know that the flavor, smell and color of olive oil can vary significantly based on whether it’s extra virgin (finest grade) or not.
Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality olive oil you can get. It is unrefined and contains more nutrients when compared to other processed varieties.
In fact, in contrast to unrefined extra virgin olive oil, refined olive oils could be lacking in important antioxidants, fatty acids, rich oleic acid and other nutrients.
Due to these nutrients and others found in extra virgin olive oil, this unrefined oil can potentially help:
- Maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range – Thanks to the presence of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.
- Support your heart health and blood pressure levels already in the normal range – Helps to make nitric oxide more bioavailable which can help arteries stay clear.
- Protect your cells – Contains an abundance of cell-protecting potent antioxidants and oleic acid.
- Support your brain health – Due to its abundant supply of essential fatty acids.
- Manage the normal aging process – Contains an antioxidant called secoiridoids, which can help the aging process and reduction of cellular stress.
A further word of caution is warranted when it comes to olive oil… fake olive oil abounds.
High-quality olive oil should smell fresh and fruity. It should have a slightly spicy taste, which can leave a harmless burning sensation in the back of your throat. This spicy sensation is an indicator of the presence of healthy antioxidants.
Tests reveal that 60 to 90 percent of the olive oils sold in American grocery stores and restaurants are adulterated with cheap vegetable oils or non-food-grade olive oils, which can be harmful to your health in a number of ways.
So just like red and white wine vinegars, all extra virgin-olive oils are not created equal. We want to help you take the guess work out of finding high-quality vinegars and oils, and it all starts with…
The Farm as a Living Organism
Certainly, Certified Organic is a minimum requirement we insist on for any vinegars or extra-virgin olive oils you may choose.
However, there’ another certification that elevates the standards on sustainable, regenerative agriculture and pushes the envelope on growing nutritious, flavorful food.
Just because a plant is organic doesn’t guarantee it is high quality. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the plant will lack nutrients.
For nutritious plants, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, we believe the best possible way to go is to follow regenerative farming methods.
A step above organic, Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farming utilizes regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach.
The biodynamic concept views a farm as a living organism. It’s self-contained, self-sustaining and follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics.
So how did this concept come about?
How the Founder of Waldorf Education Revolutionized the Traditional Farming Industry
Back in the 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, and someone regarded as a very wise man, was approached by a group of farmers alarmed at what was happening on their farms.
Their seeds weren’t germinating... Their food wasn’t as tasty... Even their animals weren’t as healthy. They were beginning to notice the effects of industrialized agriculture with its repurposed nitrogen fertilizer and synthetic pesticides.
Steiner’s sage advice? Stop viewing farms as factories and instead, see them as the living organisms they truly are!
A group of German farmers who followed Steiner’s teachings wanted to make his concept of “biodynamic” farming an agricultural standard. Demeter was formed in 1928.
The world’s oldest ecological certification organization, Demeter sets the standards for biodynamic just like the National Organic Program (NOP) sets organic standards.
Demeter is well known within Central Europe. In fact, a full 10 percent of German organic farmland is Demeter Certified Biodynamic®.
However, the U.S. has been slower to catch on.
The wine industry was the first to take note. U.S. winemakers observed that the finest wines in the world were coming from biodynamic vineyards. This led them to adopt biodynamic practices on their own land.
So, how does Demeter’s BiodynamicÒ certification differ from Certified Organic?
Demeter Certified Biodynamic® agriculture is a step up from organic standards in that it considers the entire farm instead of individual crops and products. And it requires the use of holistic regenerative farming practices to promote the health of the soil, crops and livestock.
Biodynamic farmers strive to build a diverse and balanced ecosystem within their farm to enhance the quality and nutrition of the food being grown with a heavy focus on sustainability.
Certified Biodynamic® and Traditional Certified Organic: What’s the Difference?
Let’s take a closer look at how Certified Biodynamic® compares to NOP’s Certified Organic standards:
Allows imported organic fertilizers
| Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
Allows imported organic pesticides
| Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator-prey relationships
Does not require the use of livestock
| Integrates livestock to improve soils
Does not address the rotation of crops
| Promotes crop rotation and makes intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil
Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world
| 50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm
No requirement for biodiversity
| 10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity
Focused on crops and allows only one section of a farm to be certified
| Focused on farms and requires that the whole farm be certified
Product certification focuses mainly on Product certification uses 12 ingredients used
| Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product
It’s important to note that many organic farmers recognize the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practicing some of the biodynamic methods – thereby exceeding the organic standards.
And certainly, Certified Organic is still a very high-quality standard out there. Certified Biodynamic® is quite simply a step up to an even higher standard.
If a farm is Demeter certified, it means that it has also met the organic standard, even if it isn’t certified organic!
Certified Demeter Biodynamic® is as good as it gets in agriculture – it’s the platinum standard for high-quality, nutrient-dense food.
Based on the importance of whenever possible to strive for this higher standard, we’d like to introduce you to truly exceptional red and white wine vinegars, and an extra virgin olive oil produced from Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farms and vineyards.
Introducing Our Solspring™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Red and White Wine Vinegars
Exclusively produced on small biodynamic farms and vineyards in Europe, we’re excited to bring you our Solspring™ brand of olive oil and vinegars:
- Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil is exclusively produced on small biodynamic family farms from fresh Koroneiki olives grown in southern Greece. The olives are hand-picked and cold pressed within 24 hours of harvesting, resulting in the freshest, nutritionally rich and flavorful olive oil you’ll ever taste.
- Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Red Wine Vinegar:
Produced solely from Syrah and Grenache Rouge grapes grown on a single biodynamic vineyard in Greece, our Red Wine Vinegar benefits from the traditional Orleans Method of fermentation. This centuries-old rare process results in a full-bodied and bursting-with-flavor red wine vinegar, perfect for heartier flavors and foods like beef, pork and vegetables.
- Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic White Wine Vinegar:
Our White Wine Vinegar is made with Roditis and Savatiano grapes fermented into wine and then into vinegar using the slow, proven Orleans Method over time. The grapes are grown on a single biodynamic Greek vineyard with vinegar produced on site, yielding a deeply flavorful and slightly sweet white wine vinegar that pairs well with lighter dishes like chicken and fish.
When it comes to our Biodynamic® Red and White Wine Vinegars, let’s take a closer look at how they stand apart…
Why This Traditional Process of Making Wine Vinegar Is So Important
Despite scientific advances that have made large-scale production of vinegars fast and easy, it’s the traditional Orleans Method or Process that creates the most full-bodied and nutrient-rich wine vinegars.
Named after a small town in France, called Orleans, the Orleans Method received official recognition and world patents in the 16th century. Yet, this process has been around since the Middle Ages.
So why is this process of making wine vinegars so important?
Unlike the large-scale production of vinegar, which includes rapid forced fermentation, the Orleans Method requires:
- Grapes to be left on the vine for at least a month to ensure a high-quality starter called the “mother culture.”
- A controlled environment for the conversion process with carefully cultured bacteria in complete darkness.
- The vinegar to mature for about 10 months in small oak barrels.
Most brands found at your local grocer are produced in huge aluminum tanks with the process done rapidly, typically within 24 hours.
Just like fine wine, excellent wine vinegar comes only with time and not through rapid mass-produced and forced acceleration processes.
And that’s why our Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Red and White Wine Vinegars provide a clear choice for the highest quality, best tasting vinegars available.
How Our Solspring™ Olive Oil Sets the Bar Very High
In addition to all the benefits from biodynamic regenerative farming, when it comes to making the highest quality extra virgin olive oil, we obviously cannot overlook another important factor… the olive.
Our Biodynamic® Extra Virgin Olive Oil utilizes only the finest olives from the Koroneiki tree.
The Koroneiki olive is special in many ways because it…
- Is native to Greece from trees that have survived since ancient times.
- Produces glowing golden-green color oil.
- Yields a very high content of oleic acid and polyphenols for nutrition.
- Provides an exceptionally long shelf life when compared to other varieties.
- Contains a cultivar (cultivated variety) suitable for an excellent premium olive oil.
Discover What the Babylonians, Egyptians and Europeans Have Enjoyed for Centuries - Order Our Biodynamic Vinegars and Olive Oil Today!
Of course you can find extra virgin olive oils and vinegars just about anywhere on the internet today as well as at your local grocer.
Unfortunately, what originated years ago with robust olive oils and vinegars produced from local farmers has now evolved into mass-produced, overly-processed oils and vinegars.
We doubt you’ll find any of these mass-produced oils and vinegars even coming close to our high-quality Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Red and White Wine Vinegars (coming soon).
Our oils and vinegars are steeped in rich traditions of using only the freshest fruits and take advantage of centuries-old proven processes.
We strongly believe biodynamic is the wave of the future and exactly what’s needed to ensure that our soils can continue to support agriculture and feed the world.
Why not give biodynamic farmers your vote of support and Take Control of Your Health® today by ordering our Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Red and White Wine Vinegars!
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