One day on the plantation: How to make in the farm Stövesandt from the Aroniabeere Bio OPC powder
Vitamin D for stun stools, magnesium for fitness fanatics and protein powder for bodybuilders. For every need, there is the appropriate preparation and demand is growing steadily. In 2017 alone, Germany was found compared to the previous year 4.2 percent more Food supplements purchased, that is, 172 million packs landed in the shopping baskets.
The miracle agents are often spiked with additives that, at best, only harm your wallet. Naturality is the A and O for a healthy lifestyle.
We, from the court of Stövesandt, place a lot of emphasis on transparency. That's why we open our barn gates for you and explain to you how our Aroniabeeren Bio OPC powder is made: from the idea to the packaging.
How everything started...
The courtyard first appears in the documents of the town of Bergen in Lower Saxony in 1587. Back then, under the direction of Mr Stövesandt. The name of our company, from tradition and in memory, is: Hof Stövesandt.
For over 400 years our farm has been lovingly run by family hands and passed on from generation to generation. In 1990, Reinecke was first born in the hands of the family, whose son, Hermann Reinecke, eventually took over as a studied agricultural scientist.
Even while studying, Hermann Reinecke was convinced by the sustainable economic way, which are behind the strict conditions of a bio-sealing. So he killed what his parents thought was a good way and made a organic company out of the yard.
Of course, business should remain sustainable. The family lives on their returns, so Hermann Reinecke combined the environmentally friendly and healthy bio idea with his step into the World Wide Web.
With this model, we want to give you the opportunity to get to know each other better. The processes at Stövesandt are transparent and we want you to be able to participate in them. Even if you don't have the opportunity to stop by, you have the opportunity to get to know our natural products very carefully.
Our goal is to help you with our blog, with videos and pictures, to bring the production of our natural products as close as possible.
A very special project: our Aroniaberry
Our future project “Bio-Hof and E-Commerce” started with the Aroniabeere. Hermann Reinecke, our business owner, still remembers the moment he first read an article about her:
“I was fascinated by the marvel berries.”
Aroniabeere - a kick for health
Optix could be almost confused with a blueberry. The fruit also referred to as black appleberry is a pea-sized, black-violet sliceberry belonging to the rose family.
The flavor of the Aroniaberry is also similar to that of a fresh blueberry. She has a hearty aroma and tastes slightly acidic.
The original Aroniabeere, native to North America, has since been grown in Germany for several years and has received increasing attention in recent years from the science sector, especially medicine. Many consumers praise the health-promoting effect of the plant.
The 4 phases of our Bio OPC production
Phase I: It's Planting Time
At first, the idea of our Aronia project had to grow and be prepared for 2 to 3 years until we put the first planting into action. We were lucky on our side, because we were able to build and build a bio plantation that already provided good yields.
In principle, the Aroniabere puts few claims to their environment. It is hardy and with no problems maintains temperatures up to minus 20 degrees. To promote optimal growth of plants, there are nevertheless a few rules that we observe and regularly check:
1. The right soil condition
The Aroniaberry most prefers to grow in a sandy-lime soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. The experience has shown us that a sustainable soil a good growth base for the Aroniaberry liefert.
2. The location
Before the first planting, we relaxed the soil well so that it is sufficiently ventilated and used a young plant every 50 cm in handicraft. Although the Aroniaberry is hardy, it likes it warm and sunny. The more light and warmth she is available, the more berries she wears. This meant that we could have a wide distance of about 4.5 m between the rows.
Our plant tip: Die Aroniapflanze gibt es schon seit einigen Jahren in Deutschland. If you want to plant your own berries, you can acquire them as young plants. Ideally, you plant the young plant between March and May.
Phase II: The right care for the superberry
The aronia plants must first grow for some time, that is, at least three years, during which the plantation does not yet bear fruit and must be maintained extensively.
We are certified by the Association of Natural Land and follow the strict conditions that guarantee the sustainable and sustainable management of our plantations.
- We use no industrially manufactured plant protection products for weed control.
- We mulch the green stripes between the individual rows of plants
- And water the plants depending on precipitation.
- We fertilize exclusively with purely organic means
Sustainable management requires manual work
Our care tip: The Aroniabeere is a self-pollinator that does not make any special claims. However, by a second or third shrub you can promote fertilization.
Extra tip: The Aroniabeere is constantly forming new shoots. You can cut these to cutting cuttings that serve to propagate your plants.
Phase III: The harvest
The Aroniabeere is mature when it reaches a Brix value of 20 to 23. The value indicates how high the sugar content of the mature fruits is and is measured with a refractometer.
We usually achieve the value in September and then we can finally harvest our Aroniaberries. If the morning dew is gone from the berries, it's going on. The clock usually beats 9 a.m.
We harvest our aroniaberries by hand. So we prevent too many branches and leaves of the shrub from entering the harvesting material as would happen in machine harvesting.
Our harvest tip: You can determine the degree of maturity of the Aroniaberry quite easily, even without a measuring device. Collect some fruits and cut them in the middle. The pulp should be continuously dark-violet like the shell colored. Or you just try the berries. If they taste you, they're ready for harvest. But, watch out! With the sweet-sourish delights, one has quickly “empty checked” the shrub.
Phase IV: Processing
Back in our yard, the berries are pressed cold. This protects the heat-sensitive vitamins and secondary plant substances that are so important to your body.
The pressed berries are distributed on sheets and brought to our drying room. There they are air-dried in 1 - 2 days. They are then ground into a fine powder and packed for you in monthly stocks.
At our Bio OPC we deliberately abandoned further extraction steps in our manufacturing process. This will help us preserve valuable vitamins and secondary plant materials that supply your body with nutrients and valuable antioxidants.
Um den to determine the exact OPC value of our Bio OPC Aronia, let us regularly test our powder. The so-called HPLC method (high-performance fluid chromatography), which is currently the most accurate method for determining the OPC content, splits and analyzes the components.
Our Bio OPC Aronia has an OPC content exceeding 19 percent. With only 2 grams, which is equivalent to a teaspoon of our powder, you can thus quickly and easily meet your daily need for OPC.
Much muscle strength for our Bio OPC
The production of food supplements and the sustainable management of the environment must not be excluded. We, from the court of Stövesandt, have been working long after this philosophy.
Therefore, from planting to harvesting and packaging of our Bio OPC Aronia powder, many workers are in use. Every step in our manufacturing process is done in lovingly handmade work directly on our farm. So we accompany the Aronia from seed to finished product - Hand in Hand with Nature.