Growing for Gold!

Steve’s Leaves stupidly tasty mix – well, the judges certainly think so – of Pea Shoots and Baby Leaves has scooped Gold at Great Taste 2012.

Described by the discerning panel of judges as “fresh leaves with a good level of flavour”, the pea shoots are grown in Wiltshire and are picked as baby leaves to retain that unmistakable fresh pea flavour.

A total of 8,807 different products were judged during 45 days of blind tasting at Great Taste 2012 by an esteemed panel that included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and more than 300 top food buyers.

Says Dr Steve Rothwell, the Steve behind Steve’s Leaves: “This is the first time we have entered the Great Taste Awards and we’re thrilled to have won Gold for our Pea Shoots and Baby Leaves. Getting Gold at Great Taste 2012 is a fantastic endorsement for the brand; we spend months trialling new varieties and mixes to ensure our bags contain a perfect balance of colour, texture and of course taste and this has confirmed that we must be doing something right. Congratulations to the whole team.”

The Steve’s Leaves range is available from selected Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, online at Ocado and all good foodie outlets.

Steve’s Leaves are certified to Conservation GradeNature Friendly Farming standards, which require farms to create and support special habitats that encourage all kinds of wildlife, creating essential conditions where nature and farming can function sustainably side by side again.

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Dr Steve Rothwell and his team are dedicated to sustainable and environmentally Nature Friendly Farming. They are the first and only fresh produce farms to have been awarded Nature Friendly Farming status by Conservation Grade.

This type of farming is scientifically proven to significantly increase biodiversity and restore wildlife to the countryside. Conservation Grade is a unique sustainability protocol where 10% of the land is dedicated to nature building special habitats to encourage wildlife.

As well as caring about the environment, Steve and his team want the baby leaves they have lovingly grown to be as fresh, natural and delicious as they can be. They have developed a revolutionary chiller that rapidly cools the leaves within 60 minutes of them being harvested, keeping them deliciously fresh and tasty.

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