"Live Long and Prosper" the famous Vulcan blessing uttered by Spock actually was a Yiddish blessing he learned early in his childhood ... regardless of the origin and intent, this is a wonderful guide for us all. In that vein we would like to introduce our first mix designed to do just that.
The Urbafresh Longevity Mix combines several proven nutritional powerhouses into a beautiful and flavorful microgreen mashup. We have taken broccoli, kale and red cabbage and created this ultimate mix for you. Spurred on by this article in the Buffalo News highlighting the work of researcher, Dr Li Tang, associate professor of oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo. Dr Tang is convinced by her work that broccoli and its close relatives can help us live longer and prosper by enjoying the power of this natural supplement.
"She and a small circle of researchers across the country already have published information on the cancer-fighting benefits of vegetables that include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and mustard, collard and turnip greens.
They also have begun an exciting new phase of examination to determine whether powerful phytochemicals – natural sulphur compounds produced by plants – can be used to treat certain types of cancer, as well as chronic disease." .. "We see reduced risk for mortality," Tang said.
Kits now available here...
Google "superfood" and up pops pages and pages of articles and references to the term. The original "Superfood" that actually had a patent granted in the late '90's (1999 by Johns Hopkins and Dr Paul Talalay) that was eventually fought and rescinded, but the research remains that showed broccoli had amazing anti-cancer properties.
Later work has shown that these same sprouts have efficacy when used to mitigate cardiovascular disease, autism, toxic air pollution, and they promote healthy gut bacteria. In addition, mineral rich broccoli microgreens have been shown to offer a unique solution for global malnutrition.
Our new line of kits that are devoted to nutritional wellness and offer you a simple means of providing fresh broccoli microgreens for you and your family. Kits are available now in our store.
Our last blog highlighted the use of our Grow to Eat Kits being used in India and one of the highlights was the bhel puri being consumed by students for healthy snacks using microgreens grown right in the classroom. Inspired by the pictures I decided to try and make some puri using our microgreens being currently grown.
Originating in Mumbai the bhel (puffed rice) and sev (gram flour noodles) puris originated as street food and have been elevated to high end eateries there. I was able to find a sev puri kit on amazon that had all the ingredients especially the sev and chutneys.
We had some sorrel (slightly lemony) and methi (fenugreek) microgreens growing so we chopped them and created our microgreen mix that are featured in this dish.
The resulting product was savory with so many textures and both sweet and salty with some predictable heat! No wonder it is a favorite snack. Because of the layered construction, you can alter the components to your taste. Incredible!
We are pleased to introduce our new Grow to Eat Microgreen kits to the US Markets. Taking our original SIP design, our partner Linesh Pillai from Urban Green Fate Farms in India has produced a breakthrough product for microgreen growing. The product has been used in schools, institutions, restaurants and high end resorts to provide “zero carbon greens” from seed to fork in 7 to 10 days.
These kits have taken India by storm and are a true breakthrough product giving people access to an almost fool proof way to grow their own super nutritious microgreens. Our previous Urbafresh blog and Microgreen Farm blog highlight uses in India of the unique self watering kits. They are being used to teach from kids to grow their own “zero carbon” food.
Kits will be available in our web store, at selected distributors and in stores soon. Contact us for more information or for wholesale quantity purchases.
Our new Grow to Eat kits are delivering nutrition and education to kids in India. We'll highlight the efforts with shots from two locations with pictures recently taken. Our first location is the Jeevarathni Foundation Orphanage which serves as a safe haven for 37 children that were found on the city streets and given a new lease on life.
The kids have been introduced to the growing of microgreens and consume the results of their micro farms grown on premises. Here are pics from the site.
The second set of photos is from a remote school where they are now growing microgreens to add to their behl which is a savory snack prepared fresh for them.
Move over kale. Kohlrabi is about to enjoy a resurgence in popularity and with good reason! Kohlrabi, also known as German turnip, is a round, tuberous vegetable belonging to the brassica family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale). Its taste can be described as the meeting of broccoli and cabbage.
While kohlrabi is only now making a name for itself in the United States, it has long been a major player on the international food scene. Cultivated in Europe since the 1500s, this vegetable is particularly beloved in Germany. Translated, its name can be broken down into ‘kohl’ (German for cabbage), ‘rabi’ (turnip), providing an accurate description of what it tastes like. Germans are both the largest producers and consumers of kohlrabi, they serve it alongside everything from eggs to roasts to salads.
Kohlrabi also makes frequent appearances in Indian cuisine. Referred to as ‘knolkhol’, kohlrabi pairs well with the warm spices native to India. There, you might find it plated with dal and brown rice, or pickled to be consumed with bread and yogurt. It is high in fiber and has a high ratio of vitamin content including B-12, A and C. Loaded with iron, and boasting purported anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, kohlrabi is virtually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.
One of the main reasons that kohlrabi has found its way to our shores is that it is extremely healthy. Nutrient packed and with a stunning appearance. More study on the nutritional values associated with kohlrabi need to be done, but without a doubt consuming these tasty microgreens are good for you and taste great.
Our Zesty Kohlrabi Microgreen Kit contains everything you need to grow 3 complete trays of this delicious microgreen.
Recently on the International Space Station the astronauts served a crop of space cabbage that was grown and harvested entirely in space!
What an amazing accomplishment and a critical building block for humans in a quest to create extraterrestrial missions and habitats.
NASA chose to grow Tokyo Bekana cabbage due to extensive testing balancing growth speed, nutritional content, and actual taste testing. According to the NASA ISS pages ... "The Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious, and safe source of fresh food and a tool to support relaxation and recreation. The Veggie provides lighting and nutrient delivery, but utilizes the cabin environment for temperature control and as a source of carbon dioxide to promote growth."
The ISS unit is lighted by energy efficient LED lighting that not only promotes effective use of limited resources by being an energy miser and not emitting large amounts of heat like conventional grow lighting. There is also something to be said of the soothing purplish colors of the red/blue mix of LED lights as the actual act of nurturing plant growth has been clinically shown to be calming and helpful for the human mind.
The very points that NASA brought up are wonderful advantages that you can bring into your home.
Our new Personal Microgreen kit includes the LED grow lighting as pictured so you can grow right in your home or apartment crops of nutritious Tokyo Bekana microgreens. Microgreens have been shown to a higher level of nutrients typically contained in the mature vegie (4 to 40 times for key nutrients). Our easy to grow kits provide all the materials to grow out these wonderfully airy pieces of food.
With our personal LED system, you grow out one tray at a time regardless of the time of year or weather conditions. All without any pesticides, herbicides or chemicals (our custom growing media is sustainable coir with kelp and worm castings). All of the advantages that NASA saw in their Veggie experiments can be had in your personal space!
Our companies are always moving forward so it is with great pride today that we formally unveil our new logos and the start of a new direction for Urbafresh.
Let's first begin with our new logos. We are entering our fifth year in business and want to face the future with our new identity. Our logos represent our commitment to bringing you the finest in microgreens, micro farms, kits and products. We will be unveiling over the next few weeks exciting products and innovation to lead us into our next chapter for the Urbaform family of companies.
Urbafresh along with MicrogreenFarm will be unveiling exciting new products, technologies, kits and foods promoting health and wellness. These efforts and products are all part of our new look and direction ... stay tuned!!!
If you search on Google for Peas Shoots or Sprouted Peas, you will find there are millions of articles and highlights of the topics. You can see many articles highlighting the amazing nutrition to be found in these tasty additions to your diet. AND you can grow them in your home in just a few days!
Both Pea Shoots and Sprouts contain high levels of Vit A, C and K. Pea Shoots because they are growing leaves, have a dose of chlorophyll and the sprouts contain a good dose of protein.
There is a big difference to growing both, so this kit gives you the supplies and tools (wide mouth jar not included) to grow both in your home. Pea sprouts are sprouted in a jar with just water and will be ready to eat in 2-4 days depending on how much sprout you like emerging (see photo of sprouts at 3 days).
Pea shoots on the other hand are pea microgreens that are grown in our coir growing media for 10-21 days depending on your taste. We harvest the shoots as the first tendrils start to emerge and each plant will give you 2-3 shoots before exhausting the initial nutrients.
The kit includes:
Get it today in our store ...
Red Cabbage has long been a staple part of diets that were colorful and highly nutritious. Microgreens take all the goodness of the mature cabbage and package them into a tiny, beautifully colored new wrapper. Microgreens provide some 4-40 times the nutrient content of their mature counterpart so a little goes a long way as far as nutrients from you food.
Red Cabbage in particular has been found to help mitigate a high fat diet that is common today. Red Cabbage microgreens were found to be more beneficial than the mature cabbage itself and also benefits the CVD (cardio vascular disease) profile with a lowered LDL cholesterol and triglyceride readings.
Our Red Cabbage microgreen kits contain:
1 growing tray and humidity cover (approx 5"x5") made from recycled plastic bottles
1 custom blended Wonder Soil compressed coir wafer with worm castings and kelp (enough for three crops)
1 seed spreader container for easier seeding of your grow tray
1 small sprayer for misting of your seed and watering
enough seeds to grow 3 trays as pictured
complete instructions and support provided through our website
Easy to grow and great to eat ... seed to harvest in 7-12 days!!!
Alan Yoshioka is chief tinkerer at Urbafresh, this blog will reflect current topics, products and experiments being studied.
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