Posts Tagged ‘farm’

Brightening the Holiday with What is New on the Farm!

December 23, 2013

Christmas week is finally here and we at Fresh Origins would like to share with you all what’s new at the farm this season – our Micro Hibiscus and Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry! Our featured Winter flower is our MicroFlowers™ Lavendar. Here are a few recipes and taste profiles, surely it will hopefully help you out and spark some new ideas for your upcoming holiday recipes.

Micro HibiscusSesame Crusted Seared Rare Ahi, Wasabi Rice, Hibiscus-Orange Buerre Blanc, Sauteed Veggies

Micro Hibiscus: Sesame Crusted Seared Rare Ahi, Hibiscus-Orange Buerre Blanc, Wasabi Rice, and Sauteed Veggies

Mini Flower Crystals® Cranberry1Cranberry-Rosemary Mojito rimmed with Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry

Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry: Cranberry-Rosemary Mojito

z MicroFlower™ Micro Lavender Flower™Lavender-Vanilla Honey Custard, Apple-Pecan Crust

MicroFlowers™ Lavender Flower: Lavender-Vanilla Honey Custard, Apple-Pecan Crust

If you are interested in what is new on the farm lately and would like to try some samples, feel free to contact us!

And from all of us here at Fresh Origins, have a very Merry Christmas and a spectacular New Years!

Benefits of Growing Microgreens in San Diego

August 5, 2013

It really should come as no surprise that Fresh Origins, the leading grower of microgreens and related specialty produce, chooses to farm in sun-kissed Southern California, particularly San Diego County.

The area has one of the finest growing climates in the world thanks to the year-round sunny weather. Southern California is the ideal environment for Fresh Origins to grow the best and most flavorful microgreens and other specialty produce items.

According to the National Weather Service, the climate in San Diego County is the most temperate in the country – with warm winters and cool summers. San Diego is in the same latitude zone as tropical Bermuda and Casablanca in North Africa. So, with its great location and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, the area has one of the most temperate climates in the world, giving Fresh Origins a major quality advantage over other microgreen growers in the world. The average annual temperature is a comfortable 63 degrees and the sun shines about three of every four days. In addition, it takes far more energy to grow microgreens in the Eastern half of the country due to the harsh weather conditions and the need to heat the greenhouse. The carbon footprint of these operations is significant and is far more than the small amount used to transport these very light-weight items anywhere in the country.

With a climate such as this, Fresh Origin’s growing seasons are long and in most cases year-round. There is a major difference in quality, taste, color and shelf life with Fresh Origins microgreens. For those chefs outside of California, there really is no reason to settle for lower quality just because it is locally grown.

In addition to microgreen farming, San Diego’s climate also sets the ideal stage for growing edible flowers, which is why Fresh Origins excels at it. Thanks to the year- round growing season, Fresh Origins is able to offer their Firestix™ and many other edible flowers to specialty produce distributors 365 days a year.

Growing in such an unmatched climate, Fresh Origins has become the leading microgreen and edible flower producer in the country.

If you are interested in featuring Fresh Origins Microgreens, Edible Flowers or other unique specialty produce, as a part of your menu, please contact your specialty produce distributor.

Fresh Origins Receives Perfect Scores in Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices for Second Consecutive Year

June 11, 2013

ImageOutstanding Compliance in Greenhouse Operations, Harvest Crew & Packing House

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – February 21, 2013 – Fresh Origins, America’s leading producer of MicroGreens and Edible Flowers, has received for the second consecutive year a perfect score of 100% in their annual third party food safety audit by Primus Labs in the areas of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Fresh Origins is third-party certified for food safety in three main areas of food handling: Greenhouse Production, Harvest Crew and Packing House operations, with separate audits and certificates of compliance in each one. A 100% in each of these areas is seldom achievedPrior years’ scores have been Superior ratings in the very high 90’s.

Fresh Origins is also a proud member in good standing of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). As a member, they are subject to the rigorous standards and mandatory random field audits by USDA State and Federally-authorized licensed inspectors. Fresh Origins is among the smallest of all farms audited by Primus and LGMA. The average is estimated to be over 1,500-2,000 acres compared to Fresh Origin’s 24. 

 “Our family farm is very serious about food safety. This is a discipline and priority that we instill in each member of our team,” says David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins. “We are proud to be an example of a small farm that is recognized for excellence in food safety compliance. There is really no reason that small farms shouldn’t be held accountable for the safety of their products.”

Fresh Origins products are available to professional fine dining foodservice venues through specialty produce/food distributors nationwide. In 2013, Fresh Origins will be also partnering with U.S. retailers to offer select products for home cooks to enjoy as well. Visit www.freshorigins.com for more information, photos and recipes, and find us brand on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Edible Flowers to Embellish Your Valentine’s Day Menu!

January 31, 2013

Valentine’s Day is for lovers – and it’s also for restaurateurs who love seeing their reservations fully booked!

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You’ll want to make your diners’ Valentine’s Day meals truly memorable. So why not try something new this year? Garnish your plates with fresh or crystallized edible flowers! Floral additions create great visual appeal, and if you’re really clever, you can help your diners convey a nuanced message of love to their loved ones.

Edible flowers can tell a love story!

Roses are, of course, the classic flower of love. We offer both fresh and crystallized roses at Fresh Origins. They look terrific on chocolate desserts of course, but don’t stop there. You can float roses on gazpacho, dress up drinks, or use rose petals to create a bed for seafood or other classic entrees.

ImageRed roses indicate passionate, romantic love, and the deep red petals are a great contrast to many foods.

Light pink roses convey youthful passion and the joy of life.
ImageOur Crystallized Roses last for 6 months without refrigeration!
Want to convey both love and excitement? Mix red and yellow roses for contrast and another layer of meaning.

Perhaps you’ve already gone the Roses route for Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking for something new and different. Did you know pansies are also a traditional love flower? Pansies appear throughout literature and art as an expression of grace, delicacy and tenderness, as indicated by some of their alternate names: “Jump Up and Kiss Me” or “Pink of my John.”

Beautify salads, fruit plates and cocktails with colorful, Edible Pansies for whimsical and unique floral touch. Available Fresh or Crystallized in blues, yellows, reds, pinks, & purples!

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 ImageCrystallized Pansy

ImageFresh Pansy

Want to be even more innovative for Valentine’s Day 2013? Try accenting your cheese platters & desserts with Snapdragons, symbols of gracious womanhood. Available Fresh or Crystallized.

ImageOr go for bright & colorful amaranth blossoms: our signature Firestix™ or Sparklers™ which symbolize immortal love. These flowers add a blaze of color and incredible height to any plate.  Incredibly long lasting & durable! ImageBright majenta Sparklers™ really dress up chocolate desserts.

ImageWe’re not sure what the meaning of our micro star flowers is, but they sure are a glamorous finishing touch to petite desserts, such as macaroons. Hues of pinks & reds make them to perfect addition for this holiday!

Flower Crystals™ for sweetness, texture & color

Here’s one more idea to liven up your Valentine’s Day plates: Flower Crystals™ Rose. ImageOur signature Herb & Flower Crystals are sweet and powerfully flavored. You can use them to kick up the flavor profile of your desserts and appetizers, while adding an exciting crunch, and a splash of color. Sprinkle them on oysters or other aphrodisiacs like chocolate!

These are just a few ideas for adding visual interest and complex flavor to your Valentine’s Day menu. Have any ideas you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments below! If you send us a photo to: Kelly@freshorigins.com, we’ll post your idea on our Facebook page!

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Season your Holiday Meals with Healthy Fresh Herbs!

December 20, 2012

Holiday Herbs, Microgreens, Petitegreens, Fresh Origins

Culinary Institute of America’s World’s of Flavor

December 11, 2012

Culinary Institute of America’s World’s of Flavor 2012

Arc of Flavor: RE-IMAGINING CULINARY EXCHANGE, FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EAST TO ASIA. November 1–3, 2012

Fresh Origins sampled food featuring their newest products: Herb & Flower Crystals™ created by their new R&D Chef Kelly Sasuga!

Microgreens, Edible Flowers, Fresh Origins

Fresh Origins Booth, David, Julie, & Kelly Sasuga

Fresh Origins, Microgreens, Herb Crystals

Tomato Sorbet topped with Herb Crystals™ Basil!

Herb Crystals, Fresh Origins, Microgreens, Edible Flowers

Lemon-Basil-Strawberry Mojito rimmed with Mini Herb Crystals™ Basil & MicroFlower™ Micro Orchid

Microgreens, Fresh Origins, Herb Crystals

Chocolate Ganache Pops covered in Herb Crystals™ Mint

Flower Crystals, Fresh Origins, Microgreens

Citrus Ceviche topped with Flower Crystals™ Fennel

Asian Themed MicroGreens

December 1, 2011

Many micro greens and petite greens are Asian in origin and can be used to give an Asian flair to many types of dishes. These Asian themed specialty products can also blend in well with American dishes, providing new and exciting flavors.

With more than 350 productsFresh Origins has all of the Asian micro greens you will need to add zest to your dishes.

Here is just a few that are available. There is Micro Chinese Cabbage, which can be used to spice up lettuce and spinach salads; and Micro Thai Basil which has an unusual licorice flavor that also blends well with Asian or fusion cuisine. 

Pictured: Petite Asian Mix

Micro Red Shiso has dark red, uniquely flavored leaves, and is a great topping for sushi rolls and nigiri.

Micro Tatsoi, first cultivated in Japan, is popular for use in both European and Asian foods. It is dark green in color and a member of the broccoli family. It goes well with salads and sandwiches. It has a taste that echoes that of mustard greens.

Another Asian microgreen is the Daikon Radish, which comes in purple or green. The word Daikon means “large root” in Japanese, and the vegetable has a crisp texture and a spicy flavor and can really perk up salads or side dishes.

Mitsuba, Japanese parsley is another microgreen that is a common in Asian dishes. It has an earthy parsley-like flavor and can make a great addition to salads, and stir fry. Nice for floating on miso soup!

Micro Cilantro is a common element in Thai cooking and can be used in salads, chutneys and salsas. It has a very fresh and strong flavor for such a small herb!

Here’s a recipe using our Asian microgreens!

Kobe Beef and Prawn Udon Soup

with Micro Asian Mix

Ingredients:

Fresh Origins Micro Asian Mix

½ lb Large fresh uncooked prawns

½ lb Kobe beef

1 package Udon noodles

2 stalks of Green Onions

1 clove Garlic

½ Onion

3 Pak Choy leaf stalks

Handful of Enoki Mushrooms

1 cup Chicken Broth

Splash of Hot Sauce

2 tbsp Soy Sauce

Handful of Shitaki Mushrooms

2 tbsp Dried Seaweed

1 tbsp Rice Wine

Handful of Soy Beans

Salt, Pepper

Directions:

In a pot, bring water to a boil, drop in noodles and simmer until cooked. In a separate pot, combine chicken stock, garlic (diced), onions (diced), hot sauce, shitaki mushrooms (diced), soy sauce, seaweed, rice wine, soy beans, salt and pepper and simmer. Slice kobe beef into small thin slices, season with salt and pepper, and sear quickly on both sides in olive oil in a pan. Set aside. Do the same with the shrimp. Set aside. Cook enoki mushrooms in broth.  Blanch Pak Choy quickly in broth until leaves get wilted. Set aside. Serve noodles, add broth, pak choy, green onions, shrimp, and beef.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Asian Mix.

Other examples of Asian-style garnishes!

Mustard Flowers

Shiso Bicolor Leaves

Radish Flowers

Edible Flowers: From Start to Finish!

July 6, 2011

Today’s top restaurants are finding ways to incorporate edible flowers in many aspects of their menus.  At many luxurious establishments, you may see an edible flower garnishing your pre-dinner drink.  The appetizer or salad may be sprinkled with vibrant, tasty, edible flowers and your main course can contain at least one, if not a blend of edible flowers to enhance the flavor and visual appeal of the dish.  For dessert you will find that many pastries and sorbets contain edible flowers either as an ingredient, or as a garnish.

At Fresh Origins, we offer only the finest edible flowers with the understanding that, when it comes to fine cuisine, beauty without taste means nothing.  Our edible flowers are not only brilliant in color and texture, but also in flavor.  We take great pride in harvesting our edible flowers at the height of quality.  Our shipping methods ensure that the edible flowers will arrive at your restaurant fresh and presentable. Upon arrival, you can use the edible flowers however you desire, with the assurance that their flavor and appearance will not compromise your dish.

For more information on how you can feature edible flowers from Fresh Origins at your fine restaurant, please contact us.

Fresh Summer Cocktail!

July 1, 2011

Cool off this summer with a tangy lemon drop! Add a MicroFlower™ Micro Fucshia to add beauty and a sweet citrus burst!

Happy Halloween! Pumpkin Soup Recipe.

October 13, 2010

Pumpkin, Lemongrass & Corn Soup with Petite Pumpkin Greens!

Ingredients:

4 cups pumpkin puree or mashed cooked pumpkin

1 fresh lemongrass stalk

1 onion, diced

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

2 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels

1 clove of garlic

4 tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup heavy cream

3 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg

Directions:

Cut off the top and bottom of the lemongrass stalk and remove outer layers.  Then smash stalk with the side of a large heavy knife.  Cook lemongrass, onion, and garlic with salt, in butter and olive oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat, until onion is softened, about 10 minutes.  Add pumpkin, corn, tomatoes, with salt, pepper and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally.  A few minutes later, add cream, parsley, chicken stalk, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Simmer for another few minutes.  Then puree the soup either in a blender or using a hand-held blender.  Strain soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heatproof bowl.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Petite Pumpkin Green and MicroFlower™ Micro Marigold™!

  • Delicious fresh squash flavor. Grown from pumpkin seeds.
  • Vibrant green color will brighten fall plates and traditional holiday fare.
  • Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and iron.
  • Get creative with the first ever Pumpkin seedling garnish!