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Reishi - A Magical Mushroom

Reishi - A Magical Mushroom

You could say reishi is another magic mushroom - magical in its health giving properties, that is. People have been using reishi mushrooms to fend off the effects of aging for thousands of years. 

Their botanical name is ganoderma lucidum but they’re called lingzhi in China where they’re revered as the mushroom of immortality. Reishi is one of the oldest symbols of well-being and longevity in Chinese culture and we’re quickly catching on in the West.

Reishi grow on plum trees in the wild a [...]

Meet Our Suppliers – Radford Mill Farm

Meet Our Suppliers – Radford Mill Farm

We spent a great morning down on the farm recently meeting our suppliers at Radford Mill here in Somerset.

It was wonderful to see all the organic veg growing with such abundance under the care of farm manager Richard Fox and his army of helpers.

We were there on a sunny day, too, so the butterflies were flitting happily through the warm polytunnels and the fields were alive with the sounds of nature in summer.
The beautiful 112-acre farm in Timsbury has been going for 40 years. It’s alw [...]

Why Local Is Always Best

Why Local Is Always Best

Fresh food is undoubtedly the best option for a healthy diet, but a lot of the food on supermarket shelves is far from fresh. Much of it has racked up a fair few air miles and it’s difficult to work out just how fresh something is.

Until we have a “Picked on…” date as well as a “Sell by…” date on packets, it’s going to be hard to judge. Even then, different fruit and veg deteriorates at different rates.

That’s because there’s more than one factor involved in the deterioration of fruit and v [...]

What Are Fermented Foods?

What Are Fermented Foods?

A lot of the food we eat is actually fermented food. This includes coffee, chocolate, yoghurt, cheese, wine, beer and even certain kinds of bread.

 Other less mainstream fermented products include miso, tempeh and natto - all Japanese fermented soy products.

 Some of these may not yield the same health benefits as those we're promoting at Excalibur. This is simply because they are likely to have been through a manufacturing process that does not consider the delicacy and fragility of the by [...]

The MSM Miracle

The MSM Miracle

If you’ve been browsing through our online shop, you might have come across our MSM lotion and wondered what exactly MSM is

MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane which is an organic sulphur compound that some people say is a miracle supplement. Biologically active sulphur is a nutrient that’s critical for our bodies if we’re to stay youthful and energetic.

However, although sulphur is found in many natural and unprocessed foods it’s quickly lost during cooking. So taking an MSM supplement or [...]

Excalibur's Grand Opening

Excalibur's Grand Opening

We were honoured to have the Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury cut the ribbon to officially open Excalibur Cafe on March 10, 2016. Jon Cousins gave a great speech, as did Excalibur's Greg Manning. Check out the video to hear what they had to say!

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