I first came across the Rysp a couple of years ago at Wirral’s Farm Feast – held at Claremont Farm. A smiley man offered me a taste of a new product made from a 100% rye sourdough – a crunchy crisp bread with a hint of Scandinavia that also managed to be wheat & dairy free and rather nice for dipping into lovely things like hummus. Since that first taste, I’ve spotted Rysp stocked in more and more places, and developing into an award-winning product (Great Taste).
For my “day” job, I work with Liverpool Food People – a managed network of people, communities and organisations who are all working in one way or another to make Liverpool a more sustainable food city. We had a discussion day planned – looking at how we were developing and new plans for the future – and as always, I was planning to supply the group with a lunch to keep them going whilst we wrestled with concepts such as sustainability, behavioural change and policy strategies. Plain Tasty, the company behind the Rysp had been in contact with me to see if I would review the range, so it seemed serendipitous to try Rysps out on the lunch guests.
Plain Tasty sent over 3 varieties of Rysp – Garlic & Rosemary, Caraway & Black Pepper, and Dulse (Seaweed) & Sesame Seed; plus a new product in development called Kryka – a larger flatter crisp bread that came in Beetroot & Rye and Skye (Sea Salt) & Rye. I encouraged people to sample them “plain” and then try with a variety of different dips – hummus, broadbean & pea and smoked mackerel; and also with cheeses – ewe’s milk Parlick Fell, tangy Kick Ass cheddar, creamy Cornish brie and smoked Lancashire.
The clear favourite was the Garlic & Rosemary, closely followed by the Dulse & Sesame Seed. The Garlic & Rosemary were being eaten by the handful without dips and disappeared sharpish, and were described as “very moreish”. Dulse & Sesame Seed got approval from the fish lovers who particularly enjoyed it with the mackerel pate. The larger Skye & Rye Kryka also proved popular, as it allowed for the building of a Scandi style open sandwich. Fingers crossed that goes into production soon.
One of the things I liked best about Rysp was the simplicity of the ingredients – here’s the list for the Garlic & Rosemary Rysps:
Rye Flour sourdough 81%
Black sesame seeds 10%
No other nasties, plenty of fibre (something we all need more of) and handily for the way food trends are going, 100% vegan.
If you’d like to try Rysp for yourself, you can order online from www.plaintasty.com or check for retailers such as the marvelous Tebay service stations, Lunya in Liverpool & Manchester and the WholeFood markets in London. Expect to pay around £2.99 for a 30g bag.
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