Greatly overused term "superfood" to describe any and all things that provide a potent blend of nutrition for you. We believe that super must mean nutrition and taste so it can be consumed and enjoyed. So in keeping with this, we'd like to present a simple yet potent recipe for an exceptional tasty and nutritious dish. This started with this article on Brussels Sprouts as a superior food for controlling chronic inflammation and combining with anti cancer research on daikon radish.
Roasted brussels sprouts, mushrooms and daikon radish.
quick, simple and easy to modify, this is one we love to make. Take fresh brussels and mushrooms and halve them. Toss with olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Place on some foil on cookie sheet and put in over for 15-20 mins at 350 degrees (allow to brown on edges). Place in serving bowl and top with fresh daikon microgreens (any radish or broccoli will add that boost in cancer fighting compounds). You can add other vegies or just plaint brussels. You can top with other things to add flavor layers. You could complete this by serving with tofu and call it a meal! So delicious and super nutritious.
Besides being a spectacular looking microgreen, Red Komatsuna or japanese mustard spinach is a great tasting rich nutrient source. Long known in asia, the komatsuna is actually part of the brassica family so contains many of the cancer fighting compounds but also with the beautiful coloring providing even more compounds. The brassica family is prized for its potential cancer fighting effects from the presence of glucosinolates and the added anthocyanin boost from the coloration. Komatsuna itself in its mature form is nutrient dense and rich in beta carotene, calcium and Vitamins A, B2, C, K on top of the cancer fighters.
An interesting insight into its health benefits can be seen by looking at asian use of the komatsuna for health benefits. Here is an excerpt from a "Shizuoka Gourmet" blog entry from 2010 highlighting komatsuna.
-Combined with dried sardine whiting, or with sakura ebi/Cherry blossom shrimps, or with scallops, or with konbu/seaweed, helps preserve human bones, and activate rejuvenation.
-Combined with tomatoes, or with wakame seaweed, or with carrots, or with green chili peppers, povides for extra stamina, and helps prevent cancer.
-Combined with rice vinegar, or with orange, or with lemon, or with strawberries, helps prevent stress, and sore back/articulations, and helps swift recovery.
-Combined with konnyaku/devil’s tongue tuber, or with mushrooms, or with celery, or with bamboo shoots, helps combat obesity and prevent high blood pressure. Helps lower down blood cholesterol."
Our Red Komatsuna Microgreen Kit provides a hydronically grown sampling of this "new" (actually very old) super food.
See our new Kit offering now live on etsy.
In an effort to standardize our offerings and simplify things, we have prepared this comparison look at our three kit sizes of hydroponic and media growing systems. All of our trays are made from 100% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic from bottles. We had searched long for this specific trait as we believe that these reusable grow trays and their origin have a positive impact on our environment and our lives.
The three sizes are illustrated by the pictures of the trays and of our sustainably sourced, US produced Kenaf grow mats. Our "soil" based offerings highlight our custom blended Wonder Soil compressed coir wafers with worm castings and kelp. The photo of the three nested trays show the overall footprint of our growing kits while the picture of the mats show you the growing area for seeding purposes. Note that the measures of the trays are approximately 6" sq for the small, 7" sq for the standard, and 9" sq for our large size. The last photo is of our standard tray seeded today with some radish seeds in order to give you a sense of the density for seeding.
We are in the midst of revamping our store offerings to give you a choice of sizes for the growing kits. We should have all offerings updated by mid week to reflect the sizes.
Alan Yoshioka is chief tinkerer at Urbafresh, this blog will reflect current topics, products and experiments being studied.
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