Goraka is a fruit in the mangosteen family native to Sri Lanka. It grows o large trees that produces small pumpkin like fruits that are harvested and dried. Goraka are the dried peels of the fruit. Sometimes it is called Malabar tamarind and is one of the main sour spices used in Sri Lankan and south Indian cooking.
We have fallen in love with this dried fruit due to its amazing sour and tart flavor that comes from the high amount of hydroxycitric acid. It is almost like a natural citric acid used in so many processed foods.
In Sri Lanka and south India it is used in meat, crab and mostly coconut fish curries to bring a layer of sweet and sour. It works very well in pickles, chutneys and lentil stews. Also a beautiful ingredient for drinks and lemonades.
Our Goraka is sourced from a Kandian forest garden run by Madduma Bandara in Sri Lanka where it grows alongside mangoes, tamarind and pepper.
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We love food, we love the discovery, flavor combinations and we want to learn, spread that knowledge and collaborate. We asked questions that no one could answer, so we had to go and find the answers ourselves. We love that it is a rediscovery of something very known to us all , yet has the possibility to teach us something completely new. We love what food brings to the table, the meeting, the ceremony, the bridging of cultures.
We are so proud to work closely with top restaurants in Scandinavia, focusing on quality and taste.
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We work closely with our small scale farmers who uses traditional methods when growing their pepper and spices, like organic compost and no usage of pesticides. The usage of pesticides directly affects the flavor of the product.
We have connected with our farmers directly, meaning no middle hand. But this also means that they run smaller farms with no organic certifications. As our business grows we will able to take the next steps towards certifications. Stay tuned!
Finding the source, is finding the answer. We quest for unique high quality pepper and spices. We work harvest based and single origin only, meaning we only sell pepper from farmers we know. Many times we have tasted and smelled a spice knowing that there are more more lines of inquiry before reaching the very origin of the spice and the people who are cultivating it. Our way of working is special because we actually go to the farmers and we don't stop questing until we found the best of the best.
Mostly it is curiosity, openness and intuition that leads you to the right path.
We research, always knowing that it's when we go local we actually meet the right people. We make sure to live, eat, listen, dream and drink with our farmers and partners. From here we can start to see where we have common ground so we can create a value based foundation that support both of our needs. It is also very important that the partners and farmers we work with are anchored within their communities, so that generative development and liveihoods can be supported by our collaboration.