Clinton, Michigan – Eden Foods, North America's eminent natural foods company,
introduces organic EDEN Sesame Tahini and EDEN Black Sesame Butter. Tahini
is often referred to as the butter of the Middle East, where it is a staple food and
essential ingredient for the popular Mediterranean dips hummus and baba ghanoush.
Black sesame butter is highly valued in Eastern cultures for its delicious flavor and
many health benefits.
EDEN Sesame Tahini is made from organically grown, tan sesame seed that is
hulled, lightly roasted, and ground to a smooth paste. It has a rich, nutty flavor and
creamy texture. EDEN Sesame Tahini is sodium free and a good source of thiamin B1,
magnesium, iron, niacin B3 and zinc, with healthy fats and a superb amino acid
profile. EDEN Black Sesame Butter is from organically grown North American,
unhulled, dry roasted, and ground black sesame seed. These are the same tan and black
sesame seeds used to make EDEN Gomasio sesame salt condiments. This rich, roasted
black sesame butter has spectacular, mildly sweet flavor.
EDEN Sesame Tahini and EDEN Black Sesame Butter will richen any sauce, salad
dressing, dip, dessert, pastry, smoothie, or casserole. Both are delicious straight from
the jar, or sweetened with honey or maple syrup, spread on warm pita, bread, toast,
crackers, muffins, and rice cakes. No untoward additives whatsoever. Glass jar packed,
gluten free, non-GMO, and kosher pareve. Pure & Purifying.
Clinton, Michigan – Eden Foods is the oldest natural and organic food company
in North America with a focus on providing dry grocery, organic, natural food.
Friends studying macrobiotics observed a universal degradation of food quality and
authenticity. Their studies motivated them to acquire clean, appropriate, natural food
consistent with common sense. This prompted the founding of Eden Foods in the
late 1960s. Macrobiotics created the natural food industry. Every initial natural food
company was macrobiotic centric, and designed to provide for a new movement of
pure food consumption. The natural food movement was centered upon whole grain
and seasonal plant foods that were not chemically adulterated or nutrient depleted.
Natural foods were not available locally, so an Eden Foods Co-op was started to
open access to them more broadly. The co-op developed into a natural food store
whose staff began searching for local growers, traveling country roads and knocking
on doors, trying to find the farmers who would grow grain and beans without
agricultural chemicals. The store added a cafeteria, bakery, and books. In the 1970s, it
became a destination for folks from near and far. It was one of the few places in the
U.S. and Canada where one could get natural, organic, macrobiotic food.
Health food stores began to contact Eden wanting to access the foods it was
providing, for their own stores. This resulted in wholesale sales being delivered to
other local retailers. Flour milling, roasting, and packaging vigorously began in
the basement of this retail store, becoming the first Eden warehouse. This was the
beginning of the EDEN brand of natural foods.
In 1972, Eden opened a distribution center and warehouse, and established
business relations with artisan Japanese traditional food makers. Those relationships
with like-minded companies have lasted decades. Macrobiotic sea vegetables, tea,
miso, soy sauce, noodles, umeboshi, kuzu root starch, vinegars, pickles, and mirin were
imported from them. Eden Foods became, and remains today, the largest purveyor of
macrobiotic food outside of Japan.
Eden works constantly to minimize the company’s environmental impact, and
to ensure that production and distribution energies have maximum positive effect.
Energy efficiency and waste avoidance are tracked using custom proprietary tools.
In 2009, Eden was selected as the Best Food Company in the World, and the Third
Best Company Overall by the ‘Better World Shopping Guide.’ They extolled Eden’s
record in social and environmental responsibilities. In 2015, they again honored Eden
as a Green Hero and determined it to be one of the Twenty Best Companies on the
Eden buys food from farmers and pays them directly. This method of paying farm
gate prices maximizes the farmer’s income and keeps Eden in close cooperation
with them. Most Eden foods are grown and processed a few to a few hundred miles
from headquarters. Some items, out of necessity, come from afar. Regardless of
location, Eden regularly visits these grower families, helping them with certification
programs and ever-changing demands. Visiting their homes, sitting in their kitchens,
sharing updates, exchanging ideas, and walking the fields are the best ways to keep
relationships open and to experience what motivates them.
Eden Foods enjoys a dedicated network that provides the finest food that can be
found. Its local-first purchasing criteria reduces transport fossil fuel costs and supports
local resources. Eden helps support 400 family farms with more than 116,000 acres of
vibrant, organic farmland.
One of the things about Eden Foods (besides its people) is that it has remained
faithful to its founding ideals based upon macrobiotic principles. Eden remains
focused on acquiring and sharing the finest organic, traditional, pure and purifying
food. The Eden mission is still the same as it was 50 years ago – procure the best food
possible and share it with others.
Eden Foods is grateful to all its employees and customers, past and present, who
make possible the pursuit of the wonderful, enormous dream and the continued work
toward its realization.