Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vermont !

We have honest to good people in Vermont and what a beautiful state, have you seen it in it's winter, spring, summer or fall glory??
Check it out! http://www.travel-vermont.com/
It's winter here alright!

Remember when I said I left a sample at Lake Champlain Chocolates?
Well, they called me back and they were very interested in incorporating Deva Naturals, LLC.'s Freeze dried Mangosteen in their delicious chocolate!
I was thrilled. The owner himself, "Jim Lampman emailed me saying he loved them, what a gentleman!

"Hi Nitti,
Yes, I did try the mangosteen chocolate you left and enjoyed it very much. I thought it delivered a nice mango taste and citrus next. I enjoyed the texture. Thanks for bringing to our attention. We are always interested in new ingredients. Thanks and I believe Dave Bolton has been in touch with you for more samples. Jim"

I met with Dave and honestly, he looks so much like my cousin brother inlaw, it's not funny......it's awsome !
Anyway, so he gave me a tour of the factory , I wore the lab coat and a hair net, it took me back to when I was attending University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, lab all over again working hard at my M.S. degree in Nutritional Science in 1994 , geez! all those taste tests, lab works, humungussss papers..............where did the time go??
It was a lot of hard work man!!



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can't stop eating !

So what if you can't stop eating Mangosteen! "It's not bad for us, actually it maybe good for us................., the mind goes on & on & on .........!"

When has eating a healthy treat hurt anyone?? When someone overeats..anything .......duh!
Moderation is the key! My teacher taught me in school, I try......!!!??!!

By overeating, I mean being unreasonable, which is relative to each individual. Share, "sharing all the things we have, oh what joy, what peace and contentment....."...anyone remember that song?

Lets take care of ourselves !

The fact that we are eating my Freeze dried Mangosteen, says that we generally eat healthy, so why jeopardize that??
Live healthy and be happy!!
If you want any of the mouth watering dark choclate covered Mangosteen shown ->
Place an order and let me know ....



These are homemade and hand dipped, hand packed, no machines involved only the human touch !

Happy Holidays 08!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Chocolate-Dipped Mangosteen

We were driving to New Hampshire talking about my star product, Freeze dried Mangosteen.

Chocolate covered Mangosteen ! My husband said, sweetheart why don't you try that?

I'll bet dipping them in chocolate will enhance the taste ! Besides dark chocolate is high in antioxidants as well!

Good Idea, I copyright protected it! Who knows what lies ahead.....

This is how the very first chocolated dipped Mangosteen in the world came into existance. My very own idea! I have to see how to protect it internationally as well!

I went to Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe, VT and spoke with the owner, who was kind enough to try this idea with her very own chocolate !
It sure tasted good, her chocolates are delicious. http://www.laughingmoonchocolates.com/
The plate below has her chocolate with my freeze dried mangosteen. They were scrumptious!

Mouth watering chocolate with the crunchy sweet and sour freeze dried mangosteen, my goodness, I feel like the world should taste it!

Now you can buy my Freeze Dried Mangosteen packages and place orders for chocolate dipped Mangosteen on my website as well !http://www.devanaturals.com/
Just drop me a line, I look forward to hearing from you all.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My long lost friend !

I haven't met Medini Pradhan in 25 yrs. till date. One fine day I get a call from her and it's like we've always been in touch.
One of my dear college friends from Mumbai, India. We talked, laughed and cried, I was hysterical, don't tell her that.....SHSHSSHSSHHHH !!!!!
Anyway, got to talking about Deva Naturals, LLC. http://www.devanaturals.com/"MANGOSTEENS"

She is now in Chicago, doing really well, I might add!
http://www.cuisinecuisine.com/ , incredible or what!
I mentioned my freeze dried Mangosteen packages to her and mentioned that I am just starting out. I mailed her some to taste and get her input....

She's been in business for over 10 years now and I value her opinion as a friend and as a business woman.
Being the person that she is , she took pictures of my packed Mangosteen and sent them to me last night, her email says 4 am ??? Gosh girl, do you ever sleep?
Man! She sure gives her commitments to friends, family and customers a priority!

Just look at the picture she took ! That's how I have been retailing my packaged Mangosteen at http://www.healthylivingmarket.com/ and www.naturalprovisions.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Naked Mangosteen !!!

In the picture to your right you see Mangosteens without the peel, in their naked glory, ready to be freeeze dried.
As you can see, the fruit itself is pretty small about the size of a Clamentine.
It is white and has a peach like texture.
It gets it's touch of purple from the rind. If you look closely, it also has some pigmentation closer to the center, which is from the seeds.
The fruit is taken and freeze dried and packaged under hygenic conditions, then it is ready for sales.
"Freeze drying (also known as lyophilization) is a dehydration process typically used to preserve a perishable material or make the material more ...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeze drying"

After freeze drying the fruit becomes more intense in flavor making it sweet and sour, crunchy to taste!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mangosteen Snack

Importing or exporting food / fruit is very difficult. Lots of rules and regulations. Rightfully so, I say !
How do we get Mangosteen to where we live?
Shopping is so much fun, you never know what you might find. Well, walking around the super market in Bangkok, I saw in the snack isle, " Freeze dried Mangosteen " , afcourse, I wanted to try some! Did, loved it !
Brought it home, offered it to friends and family, the comments I got ranged from:

"Oooh yum!" -----I agree!
"Too sweet"-------No sugar added, I checked the label. Naturally, sweet!
" I don't like it"---------Every one has different taste buds !
"I can't stop eating it.."------------Me neither!

A friend of mine finished a whole 30 gm bag, 2 servings just while we were chatting, well, I ate some too, we ate it right from the bag, right Deb? !!!

Looked into importing it to the States.

Deva Naturals, LLC. has Mangosteen packages that have an FDA code on it. http://www.devanaturals.com/ , come check us out!
The fruit is freeze dried.
The packages are recylclable, resealable to keep the fruit fresh.
The fruit is all natural.
No additives, colors, preservatives, salt, sugar..........

All this worked in favor of being able to bring it in.

I thought the tag line: "ALL FRUIT, NOTHING BUT THE FRUIT " is just right !

That's how Deva Naturals, LLC. came into existence!
more to come....................

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hello there MANGOSTEEN !

So, about 15 of us are playing charades, the whole family......... never fails, I have to enact a card, btw, the cards are home made!

Guess what card I get? MANGOSTEEN !
Everyone here knows what Mangosteen is but...........What the........... !!!!!!
How the.............?????
HMMM ...................????????

Here we go................:-) !!! AHEM AHEM ! (I clear my throat)
I make a slurping sound, sounds are allowed right?
I smack my lips, I lick my lips and slurp some more........... by now I'm really drooling! Slurp, slurp!!!

You won't believe the guess answers I got, uhhmmhmm! It was so funny, we were all rolling with laughter !! My 8 year old nephew and onwards to 75 yrs. of age in the video room.........
Ma yells..............MUNKHUD !!!
YUP! Mungkhud is another name for Mangosteen in Thai.
We are all laughing.......how the heck did you know ma? She said, "u've never drooled so much over anything else!!!!!!!!! hehehehehe!!!! OH MAAAA!!!!!! "

Here is a picture of Mangosteen cut up to show off the beautiful, lucious fruit.
Ya, we also call it " Mungkhud " in Thai !

So, Ma goes to the fridge and brings out a huge platter of cut up whole Mangosteens for all of us!

It took about a full 6 minutes to finish the WHOLE platter and SATISFACTION WAS WRITTEN ALL OVER OUR FACES!!!!!!!!!

Not everyone knows what MANGOSTEEN is !!!
Rule number 1 : NEVER ASSUME !!! When u do that u make an ass of u and me !! Some one once told me!
So, check out the link www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangosteen
Personally, it is sooo juicy when fresh, but you know what? I am unsure if we can get all it's antioxidant benefits, that it is well known for.
My son loves it too!
"Too bad ma, we don't get it in the US" he says..... thinking out loud!
Well, now we do.........Freeze dried Mangosteen. http://www.devanaturals.com/
The Fresh fruit is not far behind!! I hear you can get it in Canada, so I'm sure it will get here, eventually...