Our February box included a variety of carefully handpicked treats from four amazing Israeli vendors...
Pure Wildflower Honey, the Apiary at Kibbutz Ein Harod
In 1921, 35 young immigrants from Russia pitched tents near a stream at the foothills of the Gilboa mountains. They began to farm the land and drain the swamps by planting large eucalyptus trees. They eventually founded Kibbutz Ein Harod and opened an apiary, making pure honey from hives around the region. Today, almost a century later, they are still producing excellent honey on the same site but using state-of-the-art machinery. Despite its remote and rural character, Kibbutz Ein Harod boasts a world class contemporary art museum (one of the first in Israel), housed in a building designed by architect Samuel Bickles. The museum was founded during the early years of the kibbutz, in the belief that culture and art are an essential component of a healthy society.
Natural Almond Butter, Rustys Nut Butters & Treats
Tal Nimrodi was living in Tel Aviv and working in hi-tech, spending her weekends hiking, biking and climbing across Israel. One day, while cycling in the Galilee and munching on dried fruit, she realized there were no local brands making healthy, nutritious snacks that also tasted good. She started experimenting in her kitchen and developed a line of natural almond and peanut butters, using local ingredients and produced in small batches, adding flavors like maple, espresso bean, cacao, coconut, sea salt, halva and honey. She moved to a small factory and named the business after her beloved labradoodle. Now, almost five years later, Rustys is sold at over 100 stores throughout Israel. We love Tal not only because her product is so healthy and delicious (it will really blow your mind!) but because she embodies the true spirit of the Israeli entrepreneur: if something doesn’t exist, make it yourself.
Organic Body Cream, Lavido
15 years ago, Ido Magal’s newborn nephew had a bad diaper rash and nothing seemed to help. An herbalist and plant chemist, Ido made a special cream that worked like a charm. Word spread among local mothers and, before he knew it, Ido’s phone was ringing off the hook with requests for his magic concoction. What began as a small family business has grown into one of Israel’s leading organic skincare companies. Lavido’s products are sold in over 450 pharmacies and health stores across Israel, with four flagship stores in Nahalal, Zichron Yaakov, Karkur and Herzliya. The Lavido factory shop and visitor’s center in the agricultural moshav, Nahalal, is surrounded by a botanical garden where they host workshops, activities and lectures on natural cosmetics, aromatherapy and essential oils.
Almond & Apple Puffs, Shakoof
When Dina Bass-Bloom became a mother, she struggled to find healthy snacks for her children. She developed a line of products that use all-natural, locally sourced ingredients that kids will actually want to eat, as well as several raw ingredients (tahina, coconut butter, pistachio cream and more) that parents can use to make healthy snacks for their families. “Shakoof” is the Hebrew word for clear, named for the transparency in the product, ingredients and manufacturing process. The packaging is made from recycled paper. Through her business, Dina is committed to helping Israeli families live healthier lifestyles.