Step one, we are really pleased to let everyone know that we are now purchasing our Bell Peppers locally from Tangmere Airfield Nurseries, this is an exciting move forwards to buying more local produce.
Tangmere airfield nurseries have 9 glass houses the size of 60 football pitches and have been growing peppers for over a quarter of a century. Every pepper is fully traceable back to source. 100% of their energy & CO2 requirements are from the onsite combined heat & power plant and boilers. Using the CHP plant they export enough electricity for 10,000 local homes, pretty amazing we think.
Step two, still in the UK, as part of our commitment to work towards sustainability and bringing the best ingredients possible into our sauces we have transferred all our products which have salt included over to Cornish Sea Salt.
Cornish Sea Salt, is a pure and natural sea salt. Importantly it is unrefined. This means that it retains over sixty naturally occurring trace elements such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. These retained minerals and trace elements help to both metabolise the sodium better and maintain a healthy balance of electrolytes in the body.
The lovely people at Cornish Sea Salt describe how the process works… They take fresh sea water directly from the ocean and carefully filter it to get rid of silt and sand before concentrating it into saturated brine.
This super salty brine is poured into enormous vats, and gently heated so that salt crystals gradually start to form on the surface. As the density of the crystals develops the salt sinks to the bottom of the brine. Then they hand-harvest it at the perfect moment to get the crunchy texture and intense flavour of Sea Salt Original.
The best thing is that it only take a small portion of salt from the sea water. Once the salt is harvested the remaining sea water is returned to the sea (it trickles down a natural fault in the rock face). Cornish Sea Salt is the only British sea salt company that returns sea water back to the ocean as opposed to distilled water (which, over time, can have an effect on local salinity levels.)