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.
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.
Our new sprouting kits provides a great source of raw sprouts for use on salads or cooking. We love Indian cuisine and tonight substituted our new Pea Mix sprouts for garbanzo beans in a chana masala dish. The sprouts were great and the taste was superb. Our new kits offer and asian blend along with the premium pea mix for your use. Thinking the asian blend would be great in stir fry and other asian inspired main dishes.
These peas, beans and other sprouted seeds provide you with a powerhouse dose of nutrients and enzymes. By sprouting these in your kitchen your are insuring the absolute best source of fresh nutrients you can deliver. Sprouting is quick and simple and can be done in any kitchen or home. Follow the simple directions on the kits and you can enjoy crops like this in 3-5 days.
Kits are available now in our new online Urbafresh store. Simply click on the link and go to Urbafresh.biz to see our kits.
Conventional wisdom tells us that the nutritional benefits of having a nice green salad with our meals is an essential part of our quest for a healthy lifestyle. What if you could get your nutrients by a simple addition to your sandwich or meals. What a thought!
We do know that romaine is one of the most nutrient packed of the salad greens. We also know the microgreen form of vegetables can provide 4-30 times the nutrients of their mature plants. So what you can do is provide just a little of our romaine microgreens as an addition to your sandwich or meats and get the nutritional benefits of a salad or romaine lettuce.
Our Micro Romaine kit provides six of these trays that you would grow and harvest at anywhere from 10-21 days from seed to fork.
Our strategic partner, Terrafarms India is pleased to unveil a custom MicroFarm installation at the Andaz Delhi. Managing Director Linesh Pillai designed and manufactured this initial installation to custom fit the requirements of Chef Alex of the AnnaMaya restaurant in this spectacular property.
Another example of the Zero Mile Diet this unit signifies a new direction for the Terrafarms group. Allowing chefs instant access to nutritionally potent and visually stunning fresh and live produce delivers on the mission of Terrafarms.
Scroll down on this sway below to see the story of the origin and manufacture of this initial MicroFarm ...
One of the basic conerstones of Ann Wigmore's (one of the original holistic health practitioners and known as the mother of wheatgrass shots) wellness solutions was the use of sprouts to provide the body live food that was full of important nutrients and enzymes. By delivering these potent ingredients of wellness to you on a consistent basis many have found an enhanced bodily system that is more capable of healing and fighting illness.
Sprouting is a proactive way to add live and vital food easily to your diet. Our new line of Personal Sprouting Units allows you to grow and produce sprouts right in your home. The first unit being offered is the Premium Protein mix that is pictured. It is a blend of peas, beans and lentils that are organic and Non GMO sprouting seeds.
Our kit pictured shows the progression over three days using our seeds and kits. You soak initially overnight. Rinse and drain at least two times a day and by the end of the third day you will have a nice amount of sprouts ready to go. We like to eat these gems at 2-3 days, but you can grow them further if you like, just keep in mind that they may outgrow the container!
We will be formally offering our kits to start the new year, offered in several sizes and mixes. Watch for the news next week.
Grow Your Own and know that you have a Non GMO food. Simple yes, check out our GYO kits to ensure what you eat is live and vital. Grow your own microgreens so you get enhanced nutrition while enjoying tending your farm right in your home or apartment.
There is no disputing that broccoli and radishes are complimentary crops that provide proven anti cancer compounds naturally. The compounds naturally produced by this pair have proven to be highly effective versus cancers and cardio vascular diseases. By adding elements to your diet through natural and live food sources you provide these essentials the way nature intended.
Researchers have also shown that microgreens can provide anywhere from three to forty times the amount of these vital compounds versus their mature forms you buy in the supermarket. Not only are microgreens far more potent, but by GYO, you ensure the absolute finest fresh and live food available anywhere!
Now Available our NEW simple to grow Urbafresh Nano Farms. Great for learning and graduating to our full sized kits. The Nano Farms will produce the same microgreens as our regular kits except the growing trays are smaller. No change in potency of our microgreens as they are chosen for their high nutrient content and taste.
The Nano Farm package contains two growing trays with drain holes and two water holders that the growing trays nest in. Our growing media is a custom Wonder Soil™ compressed sustainable coir wafer that is custom blended with kelp and worm castings. Two pre measured packets of Non GMO seeds and internet connected instructions and support.
Our first kit contains a beautiful colored radish that is a wonderful holiday garnish, not only will they look spectacular but that tangy mild radish taste just adds a new dimension to your dishes. Get the kits today at SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICING !
Alan Yoshioka is chief tinkerer at Urbafresh, this blog will reflect current topics, products and experiments being studied.
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