What's different about ABO?

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Our bread is a whole food - the vitamins and minerals listed on the label are the ones that are naturally present in the ingredients and provide over 15% of the recommended daily amount (RDA). Our products are made with organic and biodynamic ingredients, our whole grain flours are freshly milled on a traditional stone mill each day to prevent oxidation, with a separate mill for naturally gluten free flour. Enjoy really fresh flour, grains and recipe mixes for you home cooking. We use revitalised filtered water, natural leaven and add a small amount of Seagreens® seaweed (with an amazing nutritional content) to all our breads and calcium from seaweed to our naturally gluten free bread.

Our packaging is colour coded: purple (rye & spelt), yellow (Naturally gluten & wheat free), white (No salt) and labelled with a nutrition analysis, allergen information and icons for the Blood Group Diet and the GenoType Diet to help you choose the right bread. We have no wheat (triticum aestivum) on our premises. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labour. Many practitioners recommend our bread to their clients.

  • Vegetarian diets
  • Dairy-free diets
  • Common Wheat-free diets (purple print)
  • Naturally Gluten-free diets (yellow print)
  • Salt-free diets (white print)
  • Baker's Yeast-free diets
  • Blood Group diets
  • GenoType diets
  • Real Foodies with a passion for good food!

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The story behind our bread

We found that breads like Rye bread, Rice bread, Buckwheat bread, Linseed bread and Quinoa bread tasted bitter when made with ready milled flour. We assume that the bitter taste is caused by the valuable grain germ oils oxidising in the flour, which could also make those oils less healthy. As we were already milling all of our other flours freshly every day on our stone mill, we decided to buy a special mill for the naturally gluten free flours. Now our naturally gluten free breads taste sweet and fresh!

Why we don't use baker's yeast or enzymes!

Industrial baking uses around 2% yeast. Coupled with high speed mixing, industrial dough is ready for baking in minutes. Baker's Yeast (S. cerevisiae) is a genetically modified single strain variety. (According to BIOREAL, makers of organic yeast, 1 tonne of industrial yeast produces 1/3 of its weight of poorly degradable effluent containing 75kg ammonia solution, 15kg sulphuric acid, 11kg phosphoric acid, 4kg magnesium sulphate and 10kg detergents. "Effluent" from organic yeast production is mixed with fruit juice and sold as an organic drink) We believe that digestibility can hardly be achieved in minutes or by adding so-called "improvers" and enzymes of unknown origin (possibly involving animal products like rennet from a calf's stomach). In our opinion, organic bread is only organic if the yeast or raising agent/ferment that is used is certified organic. The same applies to whether bread is vegan or not, as non-organic yeast may be grown on whey, a by-product of the dairy industry. Added enzymes do not have to be listed on product labels.

Why we use a Natural Leaven

The leaven in ABO artisan bread is made with organic baking ferment, developed by the Institute for Nutrition Research in Darmstadt for people with an intolerance to sourdough, gluten or yeast. Baking ferment is made from naturally gluten-free organic flour and organic honey and is used in very small quantities. The flour and honey are fully assimilated during the 12-15 hour fermentation process and are therefore not present in the finished bread. Although the honey is not present in the finished product we do not call the bread vegan. We oppose factory farming and you will not find any meat or dairy products or by-products in our bakery. "Organic beekeeping does not allow the practise of destroying the male brood or the destruction of bees in the combs as a method of harvesting the honey. Mutilations, such as clipping the wings of queen bees, are prohibited." (DEFRA UK organic & EC reg. No 1804/1999)

Organic certificate
Organic Certification UK6
Demeter certificate
Demeter Certification No. 350

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