SPICING IT UP: Karen Porter, Janie Petersen, Bau Thomas, 10, Yvonne Kamholtz, Lottie Thomas, 7, Molly Carter, 16, and Vernetta Perrett at the Calliope community garden.
SPICING IT UP: Karen Porter, Janie Petersen, Bau Thomas, 10, Yvonne Kamholtz, Lottie Thomas, 7, Molly Carter, 16, and Vernetta Perrett at the Calliope community garden. Mike Richards

Community group adding spice to eating well

THIS community group has the secret to knowing exactly what they're eating.

It's because the Calliope Community Garden group takes pride in growing their own fruit and vegetable produce.

This week Australian consumer advocacy group Choice discovered that only five out of 12 supermarket dried oregano products contained 100% oregano.

One brand, Master of Spices, consisted of less than 10% of the herb, with olive and sumac leaves used alternatively.

Former Gladstone Regional councillor Karen Porter has thrown her support behind creating a community garden in Calliope.

Ms Porter said the garden, growing fruits, vegetables and herbs once finished, would provide an area for garden lovers and residents to enjoy.

Ms Porter is also creating her own vegetable and herb garden, and hopes to have chickens too at her Baffle Creek property.

"Because we don't have a supermarket five minutes away I've found that we're eating more traditional food.

"It's completely changed my way of thinking with how we're eating, and the quality of food we put in our mouths," Ms Porter said.

The community garden will be used by the Calliope Garden Club committee; which is always looking for more members.

"It's all about feeling engaged in the community and making people feel comfortable to come and join us," Ms Porter said.

If you'd like to get involved, the Calliope Garden Club meets every Wednesday and Saturday morning at its hut at Bunting Park.

Oregano study

Lack of herb:

 

Master of Spices (containing less than 10% oregano)

 

Hoyt's (11%)

Aldi's Stonemill (26%)

Spice & Co (35%)

Menora (36%)

Spencers (40%)

G Fresh (50%)

Top of the class:

MasterFoods, Woolworths Select, Coles, McCormick and Herbies Spices brands all passed muster all contained 100% oregano leaves.



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