New batch of Zaytoun Fairtrade goods

28 02 2014

As readers will know North Staffs Trades Union Council is a volunteer distributor for Zaytoun – a Fairtrade community-interest company supporting the distribution of Palestinian artisan produce in the UK.

We will be taking some produce to tonight’s talk at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, organised by Leek Fairtrade group, where Taysir Arbasi, the Palestinian director of Zaytoun, will be speaking as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.  It starts at 7.30pm. Admission is free (there will be a bucket collection) and there is free parking in the Market place opposite.

Below are the products that the Trades Council has in stock. These items are good value, the quality is amazing, and you are supporting a good cause!

Email to order anything and arrange collection. We may even be able to drop them off for you depending on where you live.

Products available:

Organic Couscous, 250g £1.80

This large-grain, wholewheat organic maftoul (giant cous cous) is hand-rolled and sundried for a distinctive nutty flavour. Healthy, fast-cooking, versatile, inexpensive and tasty…

Organic tree-ripened black olives, 130g £3

These organic fairtrade tree-ripened black olives come in olive oil with a dash of sea salt. They have a unique, strong flavour that olive-lovers will adore. These olives are produced by farming cooperatives within the Palestinian Fairtrade Association who harvest their trees by hand every October.

Their green sisters are out of stock unfortunately, but we will hopefully get some in when we make our next order.

Honey roasted almonds, 75g £2.00 ***SOLD OUT***

Plain almonds, 75g £1.25

These nutrious ‘Om Al-Fahem’ almonds are traditionally grown in Palestine as they thrive on the arid and rocky terrain, producing a large, sweet almond. These are sourced from a farmers’ cooperative in the Jenin area and are very tasty! Eat them straight from the pack, or try one of Zaytoun’s recipes.

Fairtade Medjoul dates, 250g £3.00

Grown in the Jericho area which has the perfect climate for producing these delicious, soft and succulent dates. They are sourced through the ‘Palm Farmers Cooperative’ and are a vital source of income in this area which is seeing vast tracts of land illegally confiscated by Israel. Find out more about the dates and their production on the Zaytoun website.

Olive Oil handmade soap Gift Pack of 4, 400g £7.10

Made by Sindyanna of Galilee, a women-led non-profit organisation in Nablus, these fair trade olive oil soaps in a decorative box make a wonderful and original gift. Each package includes a postcard representing the work of a Palestinian artist, as part of a new Sindyanna project, which sponsors Palestinian art in Israel. The lovely box contains lemon, pomegranate, plain and sage varieties.

Palestinian Fairtrade Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 750ml £8.80

Zaytoun’s organic Fairtrade olive oil has been sourced through Canaan Fair Trade in Jenin. It is pressed from the fruit of ancient trees which have been tended by hand through generations of family farmers.

It is produced by farming cooperatives within the Palestinian Fairtrade Association who harvest their trees by hand every October and send the olives to village presses within 24 hours.

Palestinian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 500ml (£5.50) or 1 litre (£9.50)

Zaytoun’s non-certified oil is sourced from a number of different farming cooperatives in Palestine. Although not yet certified, it is free of pesticides and harvested by hand.

It is produced by a number of different farming cooperatives in Palestine, and collected and bottled by organizations committed to farmer support and the principles of fair trade.

Za’atar, 80g £2 ***SOLD OUT***
Za’atar is an everyday staple in the Middle East – a herb mix of wild thyme, toasted sesame and sumac. It is a zesty seasoning, delicious with olive oil on fresh bread, on tomato salads, with pitta bread and hummus, and many other uses.

Organic sun dried tomatoes, 170g £4

These succulent organic and fair trade sundried tomatoes are absolutely gorgeous on their own or in salads, pasta, sandwiches and much more. A favourite!

Olive Twig basket, 27cm diameter £10.80

The making of Qirtalla baskets is an ancient Palestinian tradition that persists in a few villages in the Ramallah and Jerusalem area. Qirtallah making goes hand in hand with olive orchard maintenance, as crafters use the branches that grow on the bottom of the tree trunk that become harmful to the fruit bearing branches if not pruned. This is an attractive, strong and functional basket.

The Gaza Kitchen Cookbook £15 softback or £19 hardback ***SOLD OUT***

Over 120 fantastic recipes, with vibrant photos, profiles of farmers and cooks, and in-depth stories of daily life and culinary traditions on the Gaza Strip. Find out more at

Please email to order any of the above goods and arrange collection. In some cases, free delivery may be available depending on your location.




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