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THE NUTTY SIDE OF THE NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST

Posted by Zel Allen's nutgourmet on March 13, 2013

One step into the Natural Products EXPO West vendor floors at the Anaheim Convention Center and you’ll have no doubt this annual event is THE premier trade show for manufacturers of natural products like food, supplements, body care products, pet foods and supplies, and eco-friendly items for the home.

Aisle Busy

With 2428 exhibitors and a whopping 63,000 attendees, you can bet the aisles were crazy busy, making it all the more exciting for those attending to discover emerging trends, new products, and indulgent flavors of old favorites.

With wildly colorful displays and costume-festooned participants, there was never a dull moment for both attendees and vendors. I walked my feet off and loved every moment! It was such a exciting learning experience asking how some of our foods are made, where they come from, and how they’re creatively formed and assembled.

Over the next few days, I’ll be blogging about some of the nicest, nuttiest niche num nums I found. I know some terrific items will be left out because the 3-floor, 393,000 square-foot show-floor event is so large it would be impossible to see it all, in spite of spending two very full days traversing the aisles ’til our feet ached. (It was worth it, of course!)

Chestnut Chips made their world premiere debut at the Chestnut Growers, Inc. booth on the 3rd floor of the convention center. These delicious, crunchy snacks were probably the most unique product I encountered. While fresh Chestnut Chips 2chestnuts are only available from October through December, these neat little chips are a year-round, totally natural, and very tasty snack food. Also neat is that chestnuts are a really low-fat, gluten-free food. Here’s the process that turns fresh chestnuts into chestnut chips: Once the shells are removed, the chestnuts are thinly sliced by machine and oven dried at Michigan State University Rogers Reserve in Jackson, Michigan where the chips were developed. That’s it–nothing added and nothing removed except moisture.

At the WEBSITE visitors can order fresh, dried, and frozen chestnuts as well as pure chestnut flour that contains no pellicle, the dark brown inner skin that’s sometimes a bitch to peel. They also have nutritional information and a ton of recipes.

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2 Responses to “THE NUTTY SIDE OF THE NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST”

  1. Virginia Rinkel said

    Thanks for posting this about our sweet Michigan chestnuts. We’re so glad you visited our booth!! Everyone, keep us in mind for ordering this fall as we’re hoping to have a bumper crop this year. The weather so far is cooperating. That’s a plus!! Google ‘CGI chestnuts’ and follow us as we take you along the seasonal growing journey this summer and into harvest. This is one sweet nut that is a completely natural food and so good for you.

    • Hi Virginia,

      The mention is well deserved. You’ve created a truly unique way to enjoy chestnuts in a most wholesome and natural way and I was excited to share the find with my readers. Can you provide a link in a comment on this blog so people might be able to order fresh chestnuts after the autumn harvest? You are right about chestnuts being a sweet nut and one with such healthful qualities.

      Zel

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