For many decades, Herbamare®
sea salts have been food classics in many households and we cannot
imagine living without these seasonings. Herbamare® Zesty and Herbamare® Sodium-free
- the first of which is particularly spicy, the other being
somewhat milder but just as aromatic – complete the superior range of
A.Vogel fresh herb sea salts.
The well known pioneer of natural health,
Alfred Vogel, combined all the healthy, tasty and nutritional aspects
in the best way possible to suit every type of cooking.
Familiarise yourself with the wonderful aroma. Close your eyes
and breathe in deeply. Provence? Camargue? The wind?
The sea? An amazing range of smells. In his classic book, The
Nature Doctor, which first appeared in 1952, Alfred Vogel wrote, “Use
only sea salt as a seasoning in the kitchen.”
According to Vogel,
the valuable trace elements in sea salt not only have an excellent
taste but also stimulate the internal metabolism and “You will lose
many grams of excess weight as a result.” However sea salt is only one
component, the other is the wonderful sense-stirring taste of fresh
herbs and vegetables covered in dew. The result of this
combination is the truly delicious taste that no one who has tasted it
once can do without.
To get to this stage, and for the store of
aromas to be released on the palate, involves a lot of manual work, a
great deal of knowledge about the processes of Nature and, above all,
the quite special A.Vogel recipe.
From organic cultivation to tasty herb salt
“The holistic principle to which modern biological medicine strives for
also applies to nutrition. It is well known that remedies made
from fresh plants are superior to those made from dried ones,” wrote
Alfred Vogel in an article in A.Vogel’s Gesundheits-Nachrichten in May
Anything that applies to healing remedies also applies to
health food remedies: Only fresh plants contain all the energy of
Twelve garden fresh herbs and vegetables make up the original
ingredients of the five herb sea salts, particularly the classic basic
composition of Herbamare®
These herbs are parsley, chives, basil, lovage, marjoram, rosemary and
thyme. The vegetables, celery, leek, cress, onions and garlic are
mixed in with them. The chilli and pepper in tangy Herbamare® Zesty give it its unique piquancy.
All the herbs and vegetables
are organically grown (BIO SUISSE) and are cultivated by A.Vogel
contract farmers in healthy soil, without the use of pesticides and
herbicides. This guarantees freshness and a pure aroma from the
lovingly tended garden.
In addition to fresh herbs, A.Vogel fresh
herb sea salts also contain the iodiferous sea alga, kelp. Where
there is a lack of natural iodine, it constitutes an essential element
of a healthy food supplement (and a preventative against diseases
caused by a lack of iodine).
Opening the store of aromas
Immediately after harvesting and cleaning, the organic farmers deliver
the herbs and vegetables – approximately 600 tons a year – to the
A.Vogel/Bioforce factory in Colmar in France where both the weight and
quality are checked. No harvest batch should be more than 8 hours
old! The criterion is “fresh and pure”.
The herbs are now
sortenrein crushed, macerated, dried and ground and just after that,
blended, according to the original recipe of A.Vogel. Here is a
detailed account of the procedure: After being crushed, the herbs
are blended with the sea salt in the ratio of 1:2. This salt
‘mash’ is stored in barrels according to type or more precisely, the
water content of the ingredients, for between 3 and 18 months.
During this time, various things happen: The herbs and vegetables
are enclosed in the salt as if in a vault. In this way the salt
crystals extract the colourings and flavours, the essential oils and
enzymes as well as other active plant substances. Herbs and sea
salt now combine to give the fresh herb sea salt its incomparable
taste. Once the maceration process is over, the aromatic and vegetable
mush is dried off in vacuum at a maximum temperature of 40ºC.
dried salt cakes are coarsely broken, finely ground and blended
according to the strict guidelines set by Alfred Vogel.
After further quality controls, the wonderfully aromatic mixtures are
temporarily stored in huge silos. The next stage is filling the fresh
herb sea salts into differing size dispensers on a fully automated fill
and packaging line.
Every single one of the sprinkler tubs, almost 5
million all of which carry the A.Vogel Brand guarantee, contains the
full seasoning power of Nature and is completely free of flavour
enhancers, additional emulsifying agents or E numbers.
Incidentally: Taste is not a question of quantity but of quality. In the expensive manufacture of fresh herb sea salts, the ratio between fresh products and sea salt is 1:2, which ensures the stability of the product. After the drying process, the proportion of vegetables is 6-8%. …
et voilà: The Family of Fresh Herb Salts
Now that you have sampled the wonderful aroma, we invite you to look at the whole family of A.Vogel herb mixtures.
1. Herbamare® - the original
This fresh herb sea salt is made from 12 freshly harvested herbs and
vegetables. It is a fresh herb sea salt, which is singled out due
to its intense taste and high quality. Herbamare®
can be used wherever ordinary cooking salt and sea salt are used, e.g.
to enhance the flavour of vegetables, salad sauces, rice, bread, eggs,
meat, quark, tomatoes and much more. Herbamare® for stylish seasoning. A treat for the connoisseur. Herbamare® is distributed in over 25 countries in all continents and is the classic A.Vogel herbal salt.
2. Herbamare® Zesty - zesty and tangy
Herbamare® Zesty is Herbamare’s spicy sister and is made up of 12 herbs
and vegetables with the addition of chilli and pepper. Spicy goes
well with all piquant and ‘hot’ meals, such as pasta, pizza, lasagne,
Mexican dishes, meat dishes, Asian dishes and of course grills. Zesty: ideal for all those who like things a bit spicier.
3. Herbamare® Sodium-free
This zero sodium diet salt (salt substitute for food), Herbamare® Sodium-free, made from potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, fresh,
aromatic, dried and organically grown vegetables
and herbs, and the mineral rich, iodiferous sea alga, kelp.
Herbamare® Sodium-free is salt-free and is suitable for low salt diets.
It makes no difference what your own personal favourite is – all are 100% organically grown. And what Alfred Vogel wrote in Gesundheits-Nachrichten in May 1964 still applies today: “Herbamare® is both a seasoning and a foodstuff, a delight to the palate and a treat for the body.”