Steve Zimmerman of Zimmy’s Barossa Valley Produce was guest speaker at Williamstown Garden Club this month.
Members were told how the Zimmerman family recipes had been handed down within the family for generations and in 1985 Steve decided to share his family’s traditional flavours with the community and so began the growth of his business.
He honours his grandparents who settled in the Barossa by having their likeness on his labels.
Horseradish sauce was the first product marketed and it is still being produced and sold today along with a varied range of other items.
Members further leaned how in addition to being great with meats and salads, horseradish has health benefits. It can help relieve sinuses, hayfever and colds in winter.
Mr Zimmerman talked about the links between food and health and explained that their products are naturally made, with no additives or preservatives.
He spoke enthusiastically about the health benefits of their product Doc Away, an apple cider and honey concentrate.
At the end of the talk members sampled some horseradish, beetroot, pickled onion and other tasty spreads.
Meanwhile, the plant of the month, wasabi, which members said they were having had trouble identifying, was provided by Connie.
Interestingly, wasabi is used with sushi but as it is difficult to obtain, so coloured horseradish is often substituted.
Competition winners were Eve for marmalade and Lexley for pickles.
Next month’s competition is vegetables.
Birthdays for the month include Lesley, Tricia, Chris, Jenny and Kathie.
There’s a change to the program for the next meeting, with the group being joined by a speaker from the Altona Landcare Group.
Visitors are always welcome and for enquiries, contact Pat on 0421 348 148.