Eastern Australia experienced record breaking rain falls in late 2010. Some of you may know about this from news coverage of the unfortunate flood in state of Queensland Australia. These extreme rain events coincided with the harvest of the wheat season. In this season, Australia harvested 26 million tons of wheat. This is a standard amount, however due the detrimental effect of rain just before harvest, half of these 26 million tons were downgraded to use as animal feed only. In total there is only 13 million tons of wheat available for human consumption. This means a very small amount of organic wheat is available to us.
The quality of authentic Japanese noodles is largely dictated by the quality of wheat flour. Every year Hakubaku spends time and money to secure premium quality organic wheat to produce premium quality organic noodles.
Due to these extreme weather conditions the organic wheat we are sourcing this season is low in protein and high in moisture. Low protein flour makes weaker noodles. This means it is very difficult to actually make strong enough dough to make noodles. However Hakubaku’s manufacturing team is working hard to overcome this issue. The high moisture makes the milling process very difficult. It is much harder to mill flour which will deliver the creamy whiteness that is characteristic of our Japanese noodles.
As a result of these wheat conditions, our organic noodles manufactured after May 2011;
1. may look a little darker than normal due to milling difficulties created by high moisture levels in the grain
2. you may find very small specs on noodles due to minute husks remaining in the flour
3. the surface of noodles may feel a little rough (instead of smooth) due to the low protein levels
Once noodles are cooked, apart from being a little dark, the taste and texture are the same as currently supplied.
Due to this general shortage of wheat, wheat price is high. This is very tough time for organic farmers, millers and Hakubaku, however what we produce is still high standard, so we trust you keep enjoying our organic noodles.
We are one of the biggest single organic wheat purchasers in Australia where half of global certified organic farm land is situated. We support organic farming in Australia. It only takes one day to become non organic farmer but it takes at least three years to be an organic farmer. Organic farmers of Australia need more support than ever in this tough season. You are supporting organic farmers stay organic.
Managing director / CEO
Hakubaku Australia Pty Ltd