Our mission: Seduce people to eat more often plant based!
How we work, what we make and what we eat; it all needs to change in today's ecologically tormented world. This insight hit me like lightening one and half years ago. Then I was working as a designer who pushed sustainability. Yet in the end I still only produced more stuff. It perhaps wasn't bad, but was it good? I decided to change direction and concentrate on what is most essential: food. Maybe the biggest challenge we face is making our diets healthy, tasty and future proof. First I focused on mushrooms. One year I grew nine different sorts of exotic mushrooms in a huge cellar of an empty office building. I collected wasted coffee grounds all over town and on it I grew oyster mushrooms. But my personal favorite was the shiitake mushrooms. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign I could develop tasty vegan shiitake-versions of Dutch traditional snacks (kroket en bitterbal). The success of that project assured me I was on the right path: developing and making sustainable, delicious, healthy plant based food - good for the climate, the animals and people!
No Food Wasted!
Now the empty office building is sold. I am not growing mushrooms on large scale anymore, but work together with Dutch farmers and farmers cooperations. In the Netherlands we grow more then enough food; the only problem is, much of it 'gets lost'. For example one big farmers cooperation has large amounts of delicious and nutritious, yet unsellable tomatoes, because, due to aesthetic reasons, they are not fit for retail. This needed to change and so it was the start of the Botanic Bites.
What is a Botanic Loaf
The Botanic Loaf looks like large sausage and weights 400g (14,2oz). The base contains a high quantity of vegetables (up to 50%) and as much as 23% of plant based protein from wheat and peas. This is a higher percentage of protein then chicken (22,6%). To finish it off, in flavour and bite, we added beautiful extra's like quinoa and seasoned the whole with a tasty blend of herbs. In short, Botanic Loaf is high in protein, high in vegetables and made 'clean label'. So no artificial color, flavours or additives to extend shelf life. Botanic Loaf challenges most 'meat replacements', which still contain egg and/or milk or which are often made from large amounts of unsustainable or even GMO soy beans. Instead, Botanic Loaf is made from locally grown ingredients, clean label and damn tasty. Next generation, future proof food!
How can you use the Botanic Loaf?
The Botanic Loaf is a base product that can be used in many different ways. The possibilities for your creativity are endless. Cut it strips and treat like sausage, or in blocks for starters, snacks, soups or salads. Mince it for sauces or oven dishes or cut it into slices to put on pizza. Grill it for a burger or, even cold, just put it on your sandwich. In this, Botanic Loaf has qualities of tofu, only it is richer in protein (23g versus 8g), it contains an extra portion of vegetables and, personally, I think the taste and bite are much better. Start making delicious, healthy meals or create the most amazing plant based feasts, all with the Botanic Loaf.
Celebrate our Plant Based Future at your Christmas dinner
Believe it or not - but there is a sort of quinoa which can naturally grow in the Netherlands - Lola Quinoa (Lola stands for Low Lands). We partnered with the tomato farmers and the Dutch Quinoa Group and developed the Botanic Loaf TomatoLolaQuinoa which you can now pre-order on the website and receive right on time before the christmas holidays.
Botanic Bites offers you products from these product groups:
- Fair (567)
- Kosher (734)
- Halal (437)
- Vegetarian (1438)
- Vegan (1717)
- Lactose-free (1063)
- HoReCa (482)
- Regional connection of the most important component (396)
- Wholesaler (636)
- Fresh food (1555)
- Frozen food (770)