Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine thy Food
Siv Scotton makes crisp bread. Siv, by the way, is Norwegian and her name is pronounced “Seev”. She has been making crisp bread for her family and friends for many years – something quite normal in Scandinavian countries – and now they are available for anyone to buy.
If crisp bread brings to mind very dry and unpalatable rye-based biscuits think again. Siv’s version is quite different – delicious and very moreish and currently comes in two varieties. Siv says, “The product is free from dairy, eggs and sugar and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans”.
By training Siv is a naturopath, which means she has an excellent understanding of the body’s nutritional requirements. It was this understanding that prompted her to set up her own company earlier this year to make and sell her nutritious crisp bread. You will find her at food festivals and similar venues selling her produce under the Mineral Harvest brand. She was at the Harrogate Food Show this year and was delighted that her crisp bread was picked as one of the best newcomers to the market.
From her knowledge of nutrition Siv realised that we don’t always get enough of the minerals we need for optimum health. The tendency in large-scale food production to grow crops on fields year after year instead of allowing the soil to rest is one factor behind this. Gradually minerals are depleted from the soil, so of course the plants grown on it cannot absorb them. And if the plants can’t absorb them we can’t eat them.
Siv realised that many different types of seed such as pumpkin and sunflower are very rich in a range of these missing minerals. So she has included a specific range of seeds in her crisp bread recipes. This gives us the mineral boost we need in a delicious and natural way rather than always relying on mineral supplements – hence the name of her company, Mineral Harvest.
Siv’s inspiration for her product comes from Hippocrates who said: “Let Food be thy Medicine and Medicine thy Food”. The list of nutrients, all of which come directly from natural, high quality ingredients, is extensive. Siv says her crisp bread is a rich source of minerals – calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium – it has a high fibre content, a very good source of vitamins; B1, B2, B3, pantothenic acid, B6, folate (in fact all B vitamins apart from B12), vitamins E & K. The Snaps are also a good source of amino acids and contain omega 3 & 6 in a 2:1 ratio. So very nutritious as well as tasting good.
Batches of crisp bread are made in Siv’s kitchen, following high standards of food production. They are then bagged and labeled ready for sale. Crisp bread has an excellent shelf life and will keep for a long time in theory. In practice they are so tasty they don’t get chance to go off! Served on their own, or with salad or a dip of some kind they make a delicious addition to a meal.
You can contact Siv by email at: mineralharvest @ gmail.co.uk or by phone on: 07792185845