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!!!
Just growing our great microgreens and shoots is a first step to unlocking all the nutrition and goodness found in these tiny powerhouses. Today a quick snapshot of how we used two of our trays in a delicious and highly potent mix of ingredients at dinner.
We took our mung and snow pea shoots and added them to a mix of tofu, onion, garlic in a stir fry (olive oil, lemon and soy sauce). The snow peas are tender while the mung is fibrous so we cooked the mung with the tofu and onion initially and added the snow peas just before serving. It was an incredible meal!
Much has been made about toxins that have been creeping into our environment through pollution and waste. Worldwide concerns of air and water leading to the poisoning of our bodies. Chronic disease has emerged as one of the most significant health threats of our generation.
Research has shown that the tiny broccoli sprout can have significant impact on cancer cells and even led to a short lived patent being granted on just this property. Researchers have proven time and again that the powers of these micro forms of broccoli are huge detox elements that the body can use. New research has also shown that these same active constituents of the broccoli sprouts can have a incredible detox effect on people in heavily polluted air. Researchers used subjects in heavily polluted areas of China to test their hypothesis and results were significant.
The active ingredient is an enzyme called glucosinolate is found in many cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. Researchers have also identified that components in radish can have complementary effects on the health aspects of ingestion. Which brings us to our new micro detox kit. Science tells us that there are significant benefits that can be gotten by ingesting these micro vegetables. Research has also shown that you can add just a little to your diet and have the effects of anywhere from 4-40 times the benefit of the mature vegetables.
Our Micro Detox kits will provide you with a potent source of these nutrients delivered to you from seed to plate right in your own home in a matter of days to enable a steady diet of these nutrients. An added plus is that this mix tastes exceptional. We are enjoying adding the mix to our dinner salads and stir fry. This exceptional mix can be harvested in 6-8 days and will provide many enjoyable meals - snip, rinse and serve!
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.
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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.
I have always admired the ethos of the Patagonia Company and noted with delight this incredibly awesome take on what fast food is. Using their own Patagonia Provisions salmon to create this fantastic meal in a hurry, how can you not be inspired by their use of microgreens and other mix and match ingredients (try different varieties of microgreens or sprouts, labne instead of cream cheese, sprouted bagels, etc.) to create a masterpiece of fast food. Here is the link to their blog entry.
Alan Yoshioka is chief tinkerer at Urbafresh, this blog will reflect current topics, products and experiments being studied.
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