New research by Matthew David Cook, Stephen David Myers, Mandy Lucinda Gault, Victoria Charlotte Edwards and Mark Elisabeth Theodorus Willems, published in June 2017 in the European Journal of Applied Physiology journal, tested the effects of New Zealand Blackcurrant extract on speeding up fat and carbohydrate oxidation in human bodies.  Fat and carbohydrates are oxidized (broken down) and transformed into triglycerides and fatty acids, which are smaller molecules that can be more easily absorbed by […]

Black Pearls: Breeding new Blackcurrant varieties in New Zealand

A beautiful and very informative video put together by Plant & Food Research Blackcurrant breeding programme which has developed new varieties to meet industry and consumer demands. Plant & Food Research and Blackcurrants NZ are joint founders of the NZ Blackcurrant Breeding programme. Click here to watch the video

Vitality® New Zealand and the 2017 Spring Challenge Adventure Race!

Vitality® New Zealand going to be at the Spring Challenge Adventure Race in Geraldine, South Island, on 29th of September! We will be there at the Geraldine Farm Shop Café to congratulate these amazing women on their achievement. So come and take part in this challenge or grab a bit and a cuppa with us! […]

Talk About Obvious: Health Benefits of Physical Activity

It is talking about the obvious when we say that physical exercise is good for your health. But as statistics of obesity-related diseases and death grow all over the world, it makes you wonder if the message gets through to people, or the facts related to the health benefits of an active life are explained […]

NZ Blackcurrant Plant Breeding Program

From Planting to Harvest: Geoff Langford, founder of Berryworld, talks about his New Zealand Blackcurrant breeding program at Plant & Food Research, in Lincoln (Canterbury). Geoff and Jim have a chat about how new blackcurrant varieties naturally emerge through a process called “crossing” which leads to the growth and selection of the best New Zealand […]

From Planting to Harvest – Post-pruning of blackcurrant plants

Blackcurrant can Reduce Eye Blood Pressure in Open-Angle Glaucoma patients

A study carried out by a group of scientists from Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine and the Yagi Hospital of Jiko Medical Association in Japan, have found that the daily consumption of blackcurrant anthocyanins slowed down the visual field deterioration and elevation of ocular blood flow (high eye blood pressure) in patients with open-angle […]

Growing Avocado Seedlings from Seed

Growing Avocado Seedlings from Seed

Being from a tropical country, it’s no wonder that I miss some of our beautiful fruit trees. My parents have a huge avocado tree in their backyard, which was given to them as a sapling by a friend. There are avocado trees everywhere in Brazil, on the streets, in people’s backyards. You can eat avocados […]