IGR for the community

IGR is committed to supporting community-minded events, to raise awareness about organic agriculture and celiac disease.

We welcome people who are concerned about the safety and quality of the food they eat to visit our farms and see where the food is grown. At IGR farms, visitors can talk to the farm staff and see for themselves how the food is grown. Our main farm is located in Al Rahba – Abu Dhabi – and it’s only a 50 minutes drive from Dubai Marina.

We also organize guided school tours for all school grades: students will have the opportunity to examine a variety of common vegetables plus learn the basic needs of plants, how they grow in a desert climate, what’s organic, why is so important to eat vegetables all days.

Our professional team is available to organize workshops inside schools, take part to conferences, community and social events.

For all information please email us at igr@igruae.com

 

 

 

About desert farming

Farming in the UAE is challenging because of water scarcity, high soil salinity, elevated temperatures and high humidity, but thanks to government incentives to encourage domestic production, the number of local farms, the varieties and the total production is fast increasing.

 

 

About celiac disease

Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems.

Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found in all forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, Kamut®, bulgur) and related grains: ryebarley and triticale and must be eliminated. On the contrary oats, corn, rice and buckwheat are gluten free, but as they are often processed on the same equipment as their gluteny counterparts it’s always necessary to check the label.

Since gluten appears in many foods, some obvious and some not so obvious, the list of foods containing gluten is a long one.

• Fruits and Vegetables: All fresh products should be safe. Pre-packaged fruit and vegetable products (including frozen and canned goods) may contain gluten or be subject to cross-contamination.

• Meats and Fish: Fresh meats, poultry and fish with no added ingredients are safe if they’re kept away from gluten cross-contamination at the store. Pre-packaged products, such as hams, bacon, and sausages, may or may not contain gluten.

• Milk and Dairy Products: Fresh plain milk, butter, plain yogurt, fresh eggs and many cheeses are gluten-free. Some ice creams are gluten-free and some are not.

• Breads, Snacks, Cereals and Pastas: With few exceptions, anything you buy in these categories should be specifically labeled “gluten-free.”

• Baking Mixes and Supplies: Any baking mix you purchase should be specifically labeled “gluten-free.” Most baking supplies, such as baking soda, sugar and cocoa, are considered gluten-free, but you should check ingredients to make certain.

• Condiments, Sauces and Spices: You’ll need to check ingredients and/or call manufacturers in most cases to determine what’s gluten-free and what’s not.

• Coffee, Tea,  Fruit Drinks: Unflavored coffee and plain black or green tea should be gluten-free, but flavored varieties may not be. Juice made from 100% fruit should be gluten-free, but fruit drinks made from fruit plus other ingredients may not be.

General list of products that naturally contain gluten

  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Couscous
  • Tabouleh
  • Bread
  • Bread crumbs
  • Biscuits
  • Pastries
  • Candy
  • Cakes
  • Sauces
  • Dressings
  • Potato chips
  • Canned soup and broth
  • Stock cubes
  • French fries
  • Any ready to eat food

Prevent gluten cross contamination

Cross-contamination is when gluten-free food comes into contact with food that does contain gluten.

• Don’t prepare gluten-free foods on the same surface used to prepare foods with gluten unless the surface has been thoroughly cleaned.

• Make sure utensils have been thoroughly cleaned after preparing gluten-containing foods. Even better, have separate sets of utensils for gluten-free food preparation

• Don’t deep-fry gluten-free foods in the same oil used to fry breaded items

• Don’t cook gluten free pasta or rice in the same water used to cook food containing gluten

• Avoid using gluten-containing flours in kitchens where gluten-free food is prepared. Wheat flour can stay airborne for many hours and contaminate surfaces, utensils, and uncovered gluten-free food.

About organic

Organic means food that is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. When growing organic produce, food is rotated in such a way as to keep soil rich in nutrients and optimal for supporting many years of growth.

Why eat organic?

1 – Keep chemicals off your plate

2. Taste

3. Prevent soil erosion

4. Promote bio-diversity

5. Protect farm workers

6. Help small farmers

 

Gluten Free Products

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IGR distributes Schär products in the UAE, a trusted Italian company, recognized as the market leader for gluten free food in Europe. The quality of the raw ingredients and the stringent checks they undergo from the field to manufacturing are the basis for creating outstanding gluten-free products. Once the products reach our wholesale in Dubai more controls are made to ensure they are compliant with UAE regulation and they are then stored in proper conditions to prevent any hygienic hazard as well as cross contaminations.

All products are naturally gluten free, most of them are also free from lactose, eggs, and soya.

Over 30 products in 7 different categories give consumers lots of gluten-free choices. The large selection of high quality, safe and delicious gluten-free products ranges from bread and pasta to savory snacks and sweet treats.

 

Our farms

IGR farms have been producing and distributing organic vegetables since 2008, on a total surface of around 900.000 sqft. The main farms are located in Al Rahba and Al Khawaneej, where both open air farming and greenhouse farming is practiced. Our farms are certified organic by Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology. Good hygiene practices are constantly implemented to protect our customers

Organic farming is much friendlier for the earth and the local economy than massive corporate farming practices. It emphasizes the use of physical, mechanical, or biological controls instead of chemicals to handle weeds, insects, and plant diseases.

Depending on the season we grow:

  • cucumber
  • okra
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • tomato
  • bell pepper
  • green bean
  • flat bean
  • green peas
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • onion
  • beetroot
  • turnip
  • sweet corn
  • watermelon