Once upon a time – not twice but once (as one of our darling Love Tasty offspring would say) lived primitive man. Primitive man sourced his food from the land - his was a Paleo diet and he was an innate hunter, who did not understand the concept of wastage due to the scarcity of a successful hunt.
Did he concern himself with banal discussions about the wonkiness of fruit and vegetables and their aesthetics? Did he dismiss a cauliflower for being too yellow? No!
Instead this frugal individual chose not to discard the remains of his carcasses. If and how he created broth is still debatable though many believe that there was a way for him to “boil” the bones to remove the nutrients creating some sort of warm and nutritious beverage. Some even say that hot stones were placed in the stomachs of the remains in order to do so……… the mind boggles!
What we do know is that Bone Broth is a traditional recipe that is most definitely not a new fad. This ancient elixir - to many - is as rich in history as it is in culture worldwide. Even Hippocrates was known to have been a fan reportedly prescribing it to those with gastrointestinal ailments.
It is a huge part of traditional cuisine and is the basis of many meals. In Korea it is known as Seolleontang whilst in Japan it is Tonkotsu. For centuries the Chinese have used it as a digestive, palate cleanser as well as drink to accompany meals.
Did you know that the origin of the term broth lies in the Germanic root of “bru” – “to prepare by boiling”?
The Paleolithic diet is one that is based on the diet of our ancestral friend - fruits, vegetables, lean meat, seafood, seeds and nuts. Though there are various takes on this.
The concept in many ways is a simple one – a clean diet based on – no coffee, tea, processed foods, dairy products, legumes, grains and alcohol – though there are some that condone red wine (did Homo sapiens enjoy the odd clay glass of Chianti?).
The diet is thought to lessen the body's glycemic load, has a healthy ratio of saturated-to-unsaturated fatty acids, increases vitamin and nutrient consumption and contains an optimal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Many believe bone broth compliments this lifestyle as it contains key nutrients such as collagen and gelatin that are relatively non-existent in the modern western diet. It also fits in with the increasing demand by consumers to know what is being consumed and how it is farmed.
We do not feel that you have to have a Paleo diet in order to appreciate the goodness of broth. It is fast becoming a welcome alternative to the daily caffeine fix.
A grande to go please with a double sprig of thyme…………..
Not that we wish to brag but our award winning Chicken and Beef Bone Broths - winner of best hot drink at The Cafe' Quality Food Awards - are now available in Ocado.
Grab your insulated cups and let us all broth and go!!