Natural. Simple. Wholesome. Keeping up with consumer needs, M-Pak constantly develops new wholesome products. Using what mother nature has to offer, M-Pak is launching additive- and preservative-free products packed with bursts of colour and flavour. Why? Because meeting an unmatched balance between honest food and consumable products can be achieved.
Brilliant Banana Flour
Green Banana Flour is gluten- and wheat-free and promotes a healthy lifestyle when included in a nutritious diet.
Green banana flour has interesting characteristics; in that it may be used as a natural thickening agent, to add a creamy mouthfeel to products, and as a substitute for conventional flour – without affecting the flavour of the end product. It has an earthy, non-banana taste.
Banana flour increases the viscosity of liquid products, whether applied in its raw form or in a product that undergoes heat processes. This functional flour is suitable for making vegan, diabetic-friendly, high-fibre, low-GI, gluten-free and fat-free products.
Green banana flour contains resistant starch, which has the same effects as soluble and insoluble fibre combined. Its prebiotic qualities assist in gut health, because it stimulates the growth of good micro-organisms such as intestinal flora.
The shelf-life of the product, if stored at controlled ambient temperatures, is up to 12 months; and at temperatures between 2 and 8°C, up to 24 months.
The banana fruit M-Pak uses to manufacture their flour is sourced locally from G.A.P. certified farmers. The bananas undergo minimal processing to maintain their nutritional benefits and functionality, after which they are stone-milled into a fine powder.
Green banana flour can be used on its own or blended with other flours to make:
- Pies & crusts
- Pizza & pasta
Green banana flour can also be used for the following:
- Digestive aid
- Sprinkled over cereals or fruit
M-Pak’s controlled dehydrated powdered fruit and veggies ensures the availability of seasonal product as well as convenience for the end user. Most fresh produce is seasonal, subject to availability and undergoes frequent price fluctuations or quality defects. The fruit and veggie powders are easy to use and have a variety of practical and creative applications.
The powders provide the following solutions for manufacturers and users:
users of the product do not have to constantly change raw material suppliers or menus;
easy sourcing of fresh produce without the problem of availability and poor produce quality;
dehydrated powdered products has a longer shelf-life than fresh produce; experiencing consistent ingredient or product quality;
obtaining functional ingredients to make nutritious meals;
and using less of an ingredient due to the high concentration of flavour and nutrients in its powdered form.
The Beauty of Beetroot
Beetroot is proving to be one of the most popular powders in the M-Pak product range. It offers a wide variety of colour and flavour applications by simply adding the powder to dishes or foodstuffs.
Beetroot powder is an excellent natural colourant that may be used in baking, cooking, smoothies, beverages, confectionery, sauces and soups among others. By using it as an ingredient or colour substitute one can create colours that range from soft pinks, reds and Burgundy. For a rustic colour effect, the powder may be added directly to the dry ingredients; for more even colour, the powder needs to be added to liquid ingredients before blending it into dry ingredients.
When applied for flavour, the beetroot creates a natural, earthy taste or after-taste, depending on the amount added to the recipe.
M-Pak’s beetroot powder is made from dehydrated beetroot only in a controlled environment and contains no additives or preservatives. The shelf-life of the product, if stored at controlled ambient temperatures, is up to 12 months; and at temperatures between 2 and 8°C, up to 24 months.