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Buckwheat

Buckwheat is grain-like, but not a grain. Wheat, rice and other grains have bran and germ, but buckwheat does not, and comprises a shell with a kernel inside. Whole buckwheat kernels are called groats and are cooked in the same way as rice; added to soups, rissoles and any cooked dish.

Buckwheat flour is heavy, dense, and is useful in pancakes, waffles, noodles (soba) and dumplings.

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Turmeric

A perennial plant of the ginger family. Turmeric has a distinct earthy aroma with spicy, musky, slightly bitter, pungent taste but not as hot as ginger. It is an essential component of curry powder and is often added mustard blends.

Turmeric features in lentil and bean dishes, dhal, golden rice, couscous, sauces, cream soups, chutneys, pickle, cakes...etc.

Turmeric has been used as a medicine, spice and colouring agent for thousands of years.

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Ice Blocks!

In a first for Cairns, Community Foods brings you all natural and handcrafted Ice Blocks!

Great for people trying to limit sugar intake, as all Ice Blocks! contain less or equal sugar than a ripe banana. Many contain half that and rely entirely on the natural ripeness of the fruit for the sweetness.

Ice Blocks! contain no food additives, no reconstituted juice, no gluten, no glucose syrup, no eggs and no GMO products.

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Oats

Oats are nutritious, easily digested, satisfying to the taste and stomach.

Use oats as muesli, porridge, in soup and also make excellent cookies, as well as pudding and pastries.

Oats have been found to bring a noticeable improvement in; bone-density, strength of teeth and nails, muscle mass.

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Macadamia Nuts

The nuts are valuable food crop. Only two of the species; Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia teraphylla are grown commercially. Macadamia integrifolia is native to southern Queensland where it grows in the rain forest and close to streams.

The remainder of the genus possess poisonous and/or inedible nuts, such as M. whelanii and M. ternifolia; the toxicity is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides. These glycosides can be removed by prolonged leaching, a practice carried out by some Indigenous Australian people in order to use these species as well.

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Welcome to Community Foods

Are you looking for an alternative to your local supermarket? Come have a peek at our shop on Shields Street, Cairns!

We stock a range of organic, biodynamic, & health foods. We can provide any quantity, including unopened bags in bulk for cheaper prices. We support local suppliers.

Please come and have a look at our range including:

  • Nuts, Seeds, & Dried Fruits
  • Freshly ground Peanut Butter
  • Grains (including Quinoa, Buckwheat, Polenta, Millet & many kinds of Rice including purple Jasmin)
  • Freshly ground flour with our flour mill
  • Beans, Peas, & Lentils
  • Pastas (including gluten free)
  • Oils, Tahini, Miso, Tamari, Shoyu & Vinegars
  • Fresh Herb Teas & Spices
  • Organic Fair Trade Chocolates
  • Honey, Agave & Molasses
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, & Olive Oil Soap
  • Wemoon Menstrual pads, menstrual cups & household cleaning products
  • Eden Seeds

It's easy to find us as we are based in the centre of the city or you can give us a call. We are always happy to hear from people with ideas, comments, questions or looking to volunteer at Community Foods. Please feel free to contact us.