Muesli wows judges
By MEGAN KINNINMENT firstname.lastname@example.org
DESPITE muesli's European origins, the best can be produced in the Northern Rivers, according to a panel of 160 international food experts.
Local macadamia producers Martin and Pam Brook, of Brookfarm, have won a silver medal in a prestigious international food competition for their oven baked gluten-free muesli.
The Brooks won the medal last week in the muesli section of the UK Great Taste Awards run by the United Kingdom Guild of Fine Food Retailers.
The result proves just how far muesli has come since first produced by Swiss doctor Maximillian Bircher-Benner in 1900 as a non-descript mash of oats and apple served to hospital patients.
A century later, the St Helena couple won their award for a muesli containing 17 gourmet ingredients including amaranth and puffed buckwheat.
"We wanted to create a gluten-free muesli that had an exceptional taste," Martin Brook said.
"If you do have a gluten intolerance the last thing you want to eat is muesli that tastes like cardboard."
Last year Brookfarm won a gold medal in the same competition for its lemon myrtle-infused macadamia oil.
The company, which started at Bangalow mar- kets in 1999, now produces oven-baked macadamia nuts with sea salts and spices, natural and infused macadamia oils and natural and toasted muesli.
The company exports to the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South-East Asia, the Maldives and supplies Virgin Airlines with home-grown muesli.