|Rating:||9 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.9 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.4 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.4 / 2.5|
Over the past year I have been watching the Radix range of meals coming onto the outdoor market and recently I had the opportunity to commence the testing process starting with the Turkish Falafel as my introduction to this range.
Radix as a company provides high quality meals for a range of athletes and adventurers, and rather than just duplicating products already available from the ever expanding range of companies catering to the freeze dried meal market, they have taken the stance of providing unique and high quality meals that stand out for a number of reasons.
They offer separate keto, vegetarian and gluten free meal offerings which isn’t that common on today’s market. I regularly get asked about vegetarian and gluten free meal options and now there’s an easy answer. The other unique marketing point from Radix is that rather than talking about 1 or 2 person meals, or entree and meal sizings, Radix sell their meals by calories size. As an example this (gluten free, vegetarian) Turkish Felafel meal comes in 400, 600, and the (ultra meal) 800 calorie sizings – this allows you to choose the taste you want in the calorie size you want.
So how did we find this meal? Let’s start from scratch. First up the packaging is very ‘pretty’ which seems an odd thing to say but it entices you to pick up the packet in store which is half the battle in this ever expanding market. On our recent Thee Capes Track journey we saw all types of freeze dried meals but the Radix packaging just leapt out. The other thing to note is that the packaging size is very tiny, in fact it’s the smallest on the Australian market. This doesn’t mean that you are getting less food but what you are getting is denser calories with this 145 gram package providing 800 calories. I have carried anything up to 12 days of food on long distance hikes and this compact packaging is a real bonus in reducing weight and pack volume. The one thing that the Radix packaging doesn’t do that other outdoor companies offer is that the base doesn’t open out. Having said that the insides of the Radix packaging doesn’t have any narrow corners to trap food and the packs are stable as they are.
The packaging contains all the nutritional information if you are into that. The recommendation for rehydrating was to remove the oxygen absorber packet, add 175 ml of boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes. I often find that the water and timing recommendations are way off but in this case both are accurate and provide a good consistency. Ingredient-wise this meal offering is ‘real food’.
All this information is lovely but what about the taste? This Turkish Falafel meal is just that, its real food and looks like it. Its a crumbly version of real falafel with all the taste and texture that you would expect from this vegetarian, gluten free, middle eastern meal offering. In all honesty I was a bit confused as to how to describe the flavour because while it had loads of flavour as you would expect, it does contain a range of spices but they aren’t overpowering so I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was ‘spicy’.
Now let’s talk about the volume. After rehydrating this meal both Gill and I decided that this was going to be our lunch for the day as much as we enjoyed it we struggled to get through it – it was very filling. From my perspective if I’m travelling as a solo hike I will use the 400 or 600 calorie sizings and save the 800 calorie ultra meals for when there are two of us. Having said that if you are a big eater then you may well appreciate this larger size.
Price wise this meal sells at AUD $15.90 RRP and is very competitive providing an ample sized meal with load of calories all in a tiny little package.
So what’s the final verdict? Great taste, nutritionally balanced with loads of calories in a compact package. Based on our taste test, this meal will end up in our top 5-10 listing and will definitely accompany me on upcoming hikes albeit in the smaller versions – its that good and I’m looking forward to trying out other Radix meal options!
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Radix produces a wide range of meals providing a range calories. The Turkish Falafel comes in 400, 600 and 800 calorie sizings
AUD $15.90 RRP
Radix Nutrition Turkish Falafel in the packet
Tear points on the bag. Either open-rehydrate-eat, or tear down the bag and eat from the ‘bowl’
Radix Turkish Falafel – the facts for the 800 calorie (ultra) size
Radix Falafel in open bag
Radix Falafel rehydrated and ready to eat
This review was done with product provided for test by Radix Nutrition