▼ ► What does the name "Allos" stand for and what is the story behind Allos?
The brand name Allos stands for healthy food and a healthy lifestyle.
The story of Allos began in the 1970s, when Walter Lang made his dream of a self-supporting farm come true. It started as a small self-supporting farm, where everything was made by hand, and has developed into an international company.
▼ ► Amaranth
Amaranth is not only one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, it is also designated a "miracle grain" by nutrition experts, since it is a convincing combination of a delicate, nutty flavour and exceptional nutrient levels: it contains considerably more protein than other types of grain. At the same time, its unusually high proportion of the essential amino acid lysine makes amaranth protein particularly valuable. A particularity of amaranth is that it is gluten-free.
▼ ► How does the Allos popping-procedure work?
Popping is the oldest method of preparation for amaranth. With our special popping procedure, the ingredients are gently opened. Carbohydrates and proteins in particular are easier to digest after this procedure.
The Allos popping procedure is a very gentle method, during which the small granules are popped in only a few seconds. Our research studies on the content of tender and essential amino acids before and after the popping process show clearly that these ingredients are not destroyed during the process.
▼ ► How should I store Allos amaranth products?
The amaranth seed has a nut-like, typical and clearly vegetable, often strong smell and taste. This is due to the harvesting conditions. The amaranth plant does not die after grain maturity, it remains green. When the seeds are threshed out of the flower umbels, that can be up to one metre long, the granules on the sieves come in contact with leaf pieces and leaked plant sap may stick to them. After being threshed out the seeds are dried whereby the sap stays stuck to the seeds. It gives the seeds a slightly bitter scent. The more plant sap sticks to the seed, the more intensive the vegetable smell and taste can be.
We recommend a cool and dry storage of the products, so the natural taste of the amaranth is not too dominant.
▼ ► Where does Allos source the amaranth?
Allos sources the amaranth from the mountain regions in Peru and India - from certified organic cultivation of course.
As amaranth is a plant that needs a certain consistent length of day for it to grow and mature, which can mainly be found in the equatorial regions, amaranth is hardly cultivated in Germany.
Since 2013, Allos has supported the cultivation of amaranth in south Germany and has fostered the cultivation of the plant in cooperation with organic farmers.
▼ ► Does Allos use whole grain amaranth?
The amaranth grain is fused with its edible and high-fibre seed coat and the seedling, so it is ground and popped as a whole. We always process the entire amaranth grain in our products.
▼ ► Is amaranth really gluten-free?
Amaranth does not contain the two proteins gliadin and glutenin. If amaranth is processed without and the addition of any cereals it is suitable for a gluten-free diet. Of course, you should not use or mix it with other cereals; otherwise, it is no longer gluten-free.
▼ ► Is amaranth suitable for infant nutrition?
In comparison to all other cereals, amaranth is very well suitable for the preparation for infants starting to eat solid food. In order to guarantee a balanced diet, it can be used as substitute for or in combination with oat flakes or other grain types. You can easily prepare mashed fruits and vegetables especially with Allos Amaranth Poppcorn. Just mix the poppcorn into the mashed or finely chopped fruits.
▼ ► Vegan Express
▼ ► What are unripe spelt grain flakes and what is curcuma?
Unripe spelt grain is the seed of spelt. The seed is harvested when half mature and is artificially dried immediately after.
Curcuma belongs to the Ginger plant family. Curcuma mainly originates from South and Southeast Asia and occasionally from North Australia.
▼ ► Spreads
▼ ► How long do the savoury spreads keep and how do I best store them?
The spreads should be stored in a cool place and be consumed within a few days. We recommend to always using clean cutlery to prevent contamination with impurities.The spreads should be stored in a cool place and be consumed within a few days. We recommend to always using clean cutlery to prevent contamination with impurities.
▼ ► How long do the Allos Fruit Spreads keep?
As we at the Allos Hof-Manufaktur do without any preservatives, the fruit spreads have a limited durability after being opened. In order to prolong the durability, we recommend that you use clean cutlery with the fruit spreads and to store them in a cool place. Like other products, the fruit spread should be consumed within a few days after opening.
▼ ► Our Allos honey
There is an enormous diversity of honey types around the world. Each region puts forth its unique honey, the taste and smell of which represent the climate and vegetation of the region. In Germany the most usual types are rape, summer flower, heather and forest honey.
▼ ► What is the difference between conventional and organic honey?
Since August 2000 the EU-Eco-regulation determines the requirements for ecological beekeeping. Thus the term "organic honey" is regulated.
Please find the most important directives of this regulation below:
- No use of synthetic chemicals for honey harvest, treatment of diseases and disinfection.
- The bees' boxes must be built from natural materials (wood, clay, straw).
- Coating of the bees' boxes only from the outside and only with pollution-free paints
- If winter-feeding is allowed, the food must comprise 100% organic ingredients.
- You are only allowed to use your own beeswax or the beeswax of another certified organic beekeeper
- Cutting of the wings of the queen bee is prohibited
- Special care, appropriate extraction, processing and storage of the honey must be ensured
In conclusion, the difference between conventional and organic beekeeping is the way the beekeeper operates/maintains his beekeeping. Taking care of the bees is much more time-consuming in ecological beekeeping, which of course affects the price of the product.
▼ ► General information
▼ ► Are Allos products suitable as diet for children?
We at Allos Hof-Manufaktur do not produce food for babies/infants under one year of age.
▼ ► What do the terms gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and vegetarian mean?
Gluten-free: Following cereals contain Gluten:
- Unripe spelt grain and others
Lactose-free: Lactose or milk sugar is a type of sugar contained in milk. Lactose-free products do not contain this type of sugar.
Vegan: Vegan products do not contain any animal products like cow's milk, meat or egg.
Vegetarian: A vegetarian diet does without meat and fish. Unlike vegan diets, vegetarian products may contain milk or eggs.
▼ ► To whom should I apply for an answer to any questions?
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our consumer service:
Tel: 0800 989 99 91