Who is Norman Walker?
My favourite readers,
I feel that if I am going to make you read all these posts about cold pressed juices, I need to take it from the top and tell you how it all started…
Dr. Norman W. Walker, D.Sc, Ph.D was born on January 4th, 1886 and died on June 6th, 1985. He was part of the clan with all the great nutritional juicing inventors and healers of his time such as Ann Wigmore, Max Gerson, Paul Braggs and Jay Kordich. However, he did something different to his friends, he invented the concept of cold pressing vegetables and fruits, and created the first hydraulic press juicer!
He also wrote lengthy books about how vegetable juices are the builders and regenerators of the body and how they contain all the amino acids, minerals, salts, enzymes and vitamins needed, provided they are raw and properly extracted.
In 1910, he first started experimenting by extracting juices from carrots by grating them to make a pulp, and then squeezing the pulp in a cloth to get the juice. Once he achieved that with success, he slowly discovered a way to reduce the vegetables into fine particles which allowed the small parts of the cells and fibers to liberate the atoms and the molecules of the produce. The quality of the juice that resulted from this method had never been seen before! And that is how the Norwalk juicer was created.
100 years later, fast forward to the Cold press phenomenon. The simple way of explaining the difference with other regular juicers in the market is the following: With a regular juicer, you put the vegetables through the grater and your result is the pulp which you throw away and the liquid that you drink. With a cold press juicer, what you are doing is you are grating the produce into a fine pulp which you put into a cloth and then press it against two metal plates, which gives you your juice. You don’t throw away the pulp, you “drink” it! It tastes better, because it has kept all the nutrients and flavours of your vegetables and it is more nutritious as it contains all the essential particles of the pulp of the vegetable.
Unfortunately these machines are harder to maintain in a regular household! They take long to juice, and longer to clean. Soon, you will be able to buy these incredible juices from our store in central London, however if you want to do it at home, in my next blog I will post a step-by-step picture tour on how to do it!
Until then, live green!