What is Chinese New Year?
This Saturday, January 28, is the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year is celebrated for an entire week. Filled with family, food and relaxation, it's a celebration unlike any other in the world!
With the Chinese New Year - also known as the Spring Festival or the start of the Lunar New Year - there are several fruits that are eaten as part of traditions dating back millennia, and each holding their own specific meaning. Fruits and flowers are a very special part of an already special celebration. At Jungle Jim's, we're proud to offer some of the best produce around - even more so when we know it will be used at times such as these. Take a look at some of the common fruits eaten for Chinese New Year and what they're eaten for, then stop by to pick some up for yourself. Whether you celebrate or not, a little good luck and happiness is always a good thing.
Oranges — Abundance and Happiness
About oranges, ChinaHighlights.com had this to say:
Oranges are very popular and from weeks before Spring Festival, one would see potted plants with miniature oranges (they are real, and may also be Kumquat trees) blossoming.
The orange looks like the sun and is aligned with the yang (positive) principle, thus being a highly auspicious symbol of abundance and happiness.
Potted shrubs are ideal for indoor decorations during Chinese New Year, and are available in all flower markets. They represent 'the lucky tree bearing fruits'.
It is traditional to place mandarin oranges along with a red envelope next to children's pillows in every Chinese household to bring them good fortune. These are also placed in the family's rice container to bring good blessings to the family as well as for gifting.
Plums - Good Luck and Prosperity
About Plums & Grapes, ChinaHighlights.com says:
This group of fruits is symbolic of good luck, wealth, fortune, gold, prosperity and fertility. These serve as holy offerings in Buddhist temples and are also used in cooking, not to mention gifting among relatives.
Pomelos — Good Luck and Family Unity
About pomelos, ChinaHighlights.com goes on to say:
This is an important fruit whether it's green or yellow (ripened). Pomelos are used in cooking when in season, which is right before new year. They are also acknowledged to bring good luck to the household.
It is common practice to decorate the home with a single or a pair of pomelos. A pair is better because as they say — 'all good things come in twos'. This fruit is also symbolic of family unity.
Grapes - Good Luck and Prosperity
Grapes are meant to represent and bring about the same good luck and prosperity as plums, as are jujube (a type of date) and kumquats!
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? What are some of your favorite traditions?
While it may not seem like an obvious way to market something as revered as The Walking Dead, we think that it makes a lot of sense. The color and consistency of both the hot sauces and the Bloody Mary mix alone make it an interesting concept, but don’t think they skimped on the flavor or are coasting on the tie-in. Not in the least!
All 3 sauces and the Bloody Mary mix showcase the various ways Tabañero achieves maximum flavor with, really, a minimum of ingredients. The hot sauces come in their Original, Extra Hot and Sweet & Spicy variations, while the Bloody Mary mix comes with the kick and flavor of their Original Sauce.
Fans of the show, hot sauce bottle collectors and hot sauce fanatics, these Walking Dead hot sauces are for you!
“Tabañero does not add vinegar or any other cheap fillers to give you the most enjoyable and highest quality experience possible. Our unique blend of natural ingredients gives Tabañero an unforgettable flavor that ignites your taste buds like no other hot sauce on the planet. Tangy with a hint of sweetness from the agave nectar, mixed with the perfect amount of heat, spices up your dish without overpowering it.”
Jungle Jim’s “Pepperologist”
New to Jungle Jim’s International Market, Simply Essentials Black Angus beef is naturally higher in Omega-3, which is an essential nutrient for immune system health, brain health and metabolism.
What makes this beef so unique? Fed a proprietary flax-based diet, which naturally raises levels of Omega-3 while at the same time lowering cholesterol, Simply Essentials Black Angus beef is all-natural. With up to 40% less cholesterol and up to 400% more Omega-3, this beef is minimally processed with no artificial ingredients - it’s better, healthier and more flavorful from start to finish.
It’s time to rethink beef. And you’ll only find Simply Essentials Black Angus beef at Jungle Jim’s International Market.
We are excited to finally join the Jungle Jim’s E-Newsletter!
Did you know that the candy departments at both locations are almost 6000 square feet of deliciousness? From old favorites – like Necco Wafers and Skybar, to the latest candy concoctions featuring Spongebob and Hello Kitty – Jungle Jim’s Candy Department has it all!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but don’t worry, we have you covered. Chocolate Hearts from Russell Stover, Conversation Hearts from Necco, Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts from Hershey and Marshmallow Hearts from Peeps are all here and ready to fill gift bags and baskets.
How strong is your breath? Gorilla Mint Strong? Brand new to the Jungle – our very own Jungle Jim’s Gorilla Breath mints. These awesome mints (and awesomely packaged, we must say) are available in three exciting flavors: Peppermint, Wintergreen and Cinnamon!
Look for more exciting news from the Candy Department in the weeks ahead, including information on our brand new Beanboozled Challenge for National Jelly Bean Day this coming April! You won’t want to miss it!
This cheese, made by Sergio Moro, comes from Lattiera Moro in Oderzo, Italy. Sergio got the inspiration for this particular cheese after attending a cheese and tea seminar in 2014. The name, Nero Fume, comes from the type of tea used on the finish.
The cheese is itself is a pasteurized cow's milk blue cheese that is crusted with Lapsang Souchong black tea. The cheese is then smoked over cedar and pine and placed under vacuum for 3 months to hone the flavor. The taste is smooth and somewhat sweet, but the smokiness really isn’t prominent until the end, when you can also begin to taste the influence from the tea leaves. We think Nero Fume pairs really incredibly well with a single malt whiskey, as can be found at our Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Trail event in just a few weeks.
You can find Nero Fume at The Cheese Shop at both Jungle Jim’s locations for $22.49/lb.
The Cheese Shop
SLAPZI is the fast-matching, card-slapping, everyone-laughing picture game!
A big seller at an affordable price, SLAPZI is all about speed! Be the first to match all five picture cards to the correct clue cards and you're the winner! Everyone will be laughing as they think fast and react quickly to figure out the clue.
SLAPZI is super-simple to learn and super-fast to play! It promotes visual perception skills as players view the picture cards and analyze the images. Players use cognitive skills and advance quick thinking as they figure out which card fits into a given category. SLAPZI encourages dexterity and speed as players race to slap the correct card.
Includes 120 double-sided picture cards, 65 clue cards and simple instructions plus instructions for alternative game play.
Stop by The Toy Balloon at both Jungle Jim’s locations to check out SLAPZI, and, of course, everything else we have to offer for kids of all ages!
The Toy Balloon
You may have missed it, but The Olive Pit has moved - and transformed - at our Eastgate location. Until recently, you could find this incredible selection of olives from around the world next to our awesome Beer & Wine Department.
Now, you can find The Olive Pit attached to our Deli Department, just across from our Produce Department, and just a short walk away from our Cheese Shop. Everything you need to make fruit, veggie, cheese, meat and olive trays and platters is now all in the same area, making it convenient and easy to come up with new ideas and recreate old favorites.
And don't forget: you don't have to be shy! If you would like a sample, just ask! There are dozens of olives, mixes and other delicious treats available, so we know it can be a bit overwhelming. But we're here to help you along on your own olive adventure!
What's your favorite olive you've had from The Olive Pit?
Did you know that camel milk has a lot more benefits than just quenching your thirst? That’s right, I said camel milk! With its sharp, sweet taste, it’s the next step in a new era of healthy living. But what is it that makes camel milk different from the milk of a cow or a goat?
Camel milk does not contain many of the same proteins that people are often allergic to in cow’s milk, like A1 casein and Lactoglobulin. Because of this, it’s usually well tolerated by those with dairy allergies (such as myself). Camel milk contains about the same amount of protein that you would find in regular cow’s milk, but it’s 3 times higher in Vitamin C!
It has a host of healthy benefits! It helps to control blood sugar by not causing a rise in blood sugar, due its being higher in insulin, which improves its absorption and makes it suitable for diabetics. Unlike cow’s milk, research has also shown that Camel milk has been proven to reduce or even reverse allergies due in part to its immune benefits. Those are just a couple of the many health benefits of camel milk.
Research has also found protective proteins in camel’s milk that may be antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Camel milk has also been shown to contain much more iron and vitamin C than cow’s milk. What this means is camel’s milk has multitude of healthy benefits for you, all in one refreshing drink!
The camel milk found in our Jungle Jim’s Natural foods department is from a wonderful company called Desert Farms. They gather the camel milk from several small family farms located across the United States. Camel milk is a growing trend, and one that many people are just hearing about.
Stop by the Jungle Jim’s Natural Ffoods department at our Fairfield and Eastgate locations to talk to us about and to pick up your own bottle of this refreshing and beneficial drink today. We have it available in two sizes, just for you.
Thomas J Hunter
Known by many names, Black Cumin Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa) has many health benefits. In addition to soothing eczema and psoriasis, it’s also an anti-asthmatic and aids in digestion. It’s often used for intestinal parasites, candida and other fungal infections.
Black Cumin Seed Oil is also thought to play a role in cancer prevention and is considered a natural protective against radiation.
It has several other uses, as well:
Black Cumin seed oil is an amazing product that has been used for thousands of years for it's ability to support health naturally.
This awesome oil can be found in the Herb ‘N Jungle at both Jungle Jim’s locations.
Herb ‘N Jungle
New Year, New You is all about improving yourself now, and in the years to come. The day was full of fantastic ideas on how to kickstart your journey to becoming a better you in the new year. Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital professionals provided an array of free health screenings, including blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and lung capacity to name just a few, and there were plenty of great vendors with ideas on how to improve your diet in the new year. And don’t forget the fun activities for kids!
We hope you left feeling energized and excited to make some positive, healthy choices in your life. Thank you for attending New Year, New You. We hope we can help you hit your goals in 2017!