What does 'Organic' mean?
It's one of the most common words you'll whenever you're shopping. The term has made its way from humble farmer's markets, to massive supermarkets, even in to clothing production.
That word, is 'organic'.
It's getting towards the stage when 'organic' is just used as another byword for 'good' or 'natural'. But there are in fact a very specific list of criteria that ingredients need to meet before they can be give an organic label.
Verstegen are keen on giving customers as much choice as possible when they're looking for spices and ingredients. There is already so much choice when it comes to finished meals, and other foods, so why not spices?
Organic farming tries to be as traditional as possible. This includes staying away from artificial fertalisers as well as chemical pesticides. For an area of land to be deemed suitable for the farming of organic crops, there can't have been any pesticide use within the past 3 years.
The standards are tested by agencies such as SKAL, which are certified in regards to organic farming. SKAL looks at the traceability of the crops, as well as taking samples of the products and soil. These are then tested for pesticides or heavy metals.
Verstegen is regularly audited by SKAL, so we make sure that our certificates are kept up to date, and our final crop is 100% organic. We insist on the same quality of our organic spices as we do for all our other products.