Posts Tagged ‘food’

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!

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Fresh from the Harvest: What’s new at Fresh Origins this Summer!

July 22, 2013

Coming straight from the farm, this summer season we’ve got an exciting assortment of culinary wonders you’ll definitely want to get your hands on. Our Sansho (Szechuan) Peppercorns, Tiny Veggies™ Asian Cucumber with Flower, Flower Rose Little Red Corvette are freshly cut and ready to enhance your dishes!

Each ingredient has their own unique qualities, especially in taste. So read below, we’ve described not only the flavor effects each product has on the tastebuds, but also some insight on how to use them with your next dish.

Sansho (Szechuan) Peppercorns

ImageUsually used as a dried product, Sansho Peppercorn is commonly found in Asian cuisines and is sold in small bunches.

The taste and mouth effects are intense. With slight lemony citrus overtones, they create a tingly numbness in the mouth. The sensation is similar to the one you get when you try our Buzz Buttons, which sets the stage for spicy foods.

Go ahead and enhance the look of your plates by using the entire bunch to add height or use the individual pieces to sprinkle on salads and stir fries.

This product will only be available for the next couple of weeks, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested!

Tiny Veggies™ Asian Cucumber with Flower

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These beauties are bright yellow flowers which are attached to small, thin & tender cucumbers. Providing that fresh crunchy cucumber flavor, you can simply add this to mixed green salads, topped on seafood, use on an crudite platter or you can garnish a cucumber flavored cocktail or cucumber water drink.

Flower Rose Little Red Corvette

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Add romance to your signature cocktail and green salads with our Little Red Corvette Rose Flowers. Their vibrant, flashy red petals pack in a mildly sweet floral flavor, accompanied with  a light, mild rose fragrance. Perfect for small enough to top cupcakes and other petite desserts, you can combine a few to make a tiny bouquet!

Did we mention that they were also compact in size? Very easy to ship!

And don’t forget our other new items, introduced earlier this month: Begonia Angelwing Leaf and Peanut Leaf. Begonia Angelwing’s tart citrus flavor makes it a wonderful bed for fish. Peanut Leaf’s delicious nutty taste is a great, fresh addition to stir-fry and other Asian cuisine. Not they are not actually related to peanuts, so no nut allergies here!

So whether you are in need for that perfect spice to garnish your next entree or just looking for fresh new ingredients this summer to experiment with, come and try it out!  Come and check us out at the PMA’s Foodservice Trade Show, July 28th, we’ll be at booth # 27, sharing our most innovative products and some food samples showing their use.

Celebrating Colorful Crunchy Crystals – How Chefs & Mixologists are using our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals®

June 19, 2013

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Since its arrival earlier this year, our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals® line has been very well-received by the culinary community, and their responses are quite humbling. We hear from chefs and home cooks alike that they absolutely love the exotic look these crystals convey and that it has been such a unique and flavorful ingredient to include in their dishes. Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini says, “I love the basil crystals, not only for their vibrant flavor but also for the unique texture they impart to my desserts.”

Branching out to the bar scene as well, our Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals® also got a loud response from cocktail connoisseurs and mixologists.

Feeling like proud parents, we wanted to show off some cool examples of how our customers have enhanced their creations by using our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals®, and to debut a few new flavors coming out in a few weeks!

Cocktails and Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals® – A Perfect Pair

Our March trade show tour was where we really got to show off our stuff to mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts. There we realized that our Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals® were an immediate hit. Everyone’s eyes were pulled in when we brought out our large display of cocktail glasses rimmed with the different flavors.

The vibrant colors drew their attention but it was after sharing a few tasting samples, when we watched everyone’s faces light up. They were captivated by the crystal’s fresh flavors. Many exclaimed, “Wow, they actually taste like fresh Basil or fresh Mint!” They were also intrigued to see a different substitute for plain white sugar for adding a unique sweetness to any drink, including tea.

The Mini Crystals® are a smaller, more granular than the regular Crystals, making them more adhesive and ideal for rimming cocktail glasses. Instinctively, we invited mixologists to take their creations to the next level and combine our Microgreens, Edible flowers, and Mini Herb Crystals® & Mini Flower Crystals® into their next cocktail concoction!

Check out Mixologists like Junior Merino with his The Big Apple cocktail. Rimming his cocktail with Herb Crystals® Fennel, and garnishing with our Apple Mint Tops. Check out his recipe:

Big Apple Cocktail with Mint Apple Tops & Herb Crystals Fennel Rim by Junior Merino

2 oz Hudson Whiskey

1/2 oz grilled apple juice

1/2 oz cinnamon syrup

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

1/4 oz Xtabentun Mayan Liqueur

1 dash of Junior Merino Roasted Apple & Toasted Spices Bitters

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and strain into a rocks glass rimmed with Fresh Origins Flower Crystals® Fennel and garnish with a Fresh Origins Apple Mint top.

The high praise and overall review by our mixologist, bartender, and cocktail-lover friends, was more than we could ever ask for. Thank you!

Herb Crystals®, Flower Crystals® & Chocolate! Oh my!

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Its a no-brainer. Our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals® make a pretty sweet addition to any chocolate treat. So if you’re a sucker for a box of chocolates or you know of one, check out The Madison Chocolatier West. They are beautifully coating their strawberries with white and dark chocolate and then covering with our Crystals and Crystallized Flowers! These fancy strawberries are not like any regular chocolate covered strawberry you see at the market. They have also put our Crystals on the inside of their chocolate ganache truffles. What a burst of flavor in your mouth. And the Crystals stay crunchy!

They create small batch chocolates, all hand made using the freshest fruits, herbs, spices and ingredients that have no preservatives added. Each ingredient provides unique flavor pairings for exceptional chocolates. Check out their photos here,

Topping New York’s Cronut Craze

Or if pastries suit your fancy, we would like to introduce you to the Cronut. If you haven’t heard of it yet, the Cronut is literally half-croissant, half-doughnut – yes they do exist!

After a few tries, its’ creator French pastry chef Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery, found the winning formula and successfully infused the French classic into a shape of a doughnut. Consisting of layers on layers of flaky-goodness, each Cronut is deep fried in grapeseed oil (like a doughnut), filled with Tahitian vanilla cream, rolled in cinnamon sugar, topped over with a sweet glaze, finished with sprinkle of our Flower Crystals® Rose. Each Cronut runs at $5 a piece and all customers are limited to six per person.

Despite being around for only a month, this pastry delicacy has already made a name for itself. So, we highly recommend you try it out if you’re in the area and make sure to order beforehand or get there early – really early. Watch Zagat’s Bizarre Bites coverage on the Cronut below:

Congratulations to pastry chef Dominique Ansel and his revolutionary pastry skills! The world is a better place, now that you’ve created such a pastry gem.

New Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals® Flavors

Chili-Lime Shrimp, Mango Salsa, Cilantro Rice

Herb Crystals®Cilantro on Chili-Lime Shrimp, with Mango Salsa & Cilantro Rice

We’re very excited announce a new flavor to add to the mix this week: Herb Crystals® Cilantro. It has an amazingly fresh & sweet Cilantro flavor. In a couple weeks we will be introducing Fruit Crystals® Lime and Herb Crystals® Hibiscus. We hope you all enjoy these just like the first batch. Let us know about your experience with our Herb Crystals® & Flower Crystals®. We would greatly appreciate your feedback and would love share your success story with the world!

Celebrating Motherhood: Fresh Origins’ Edible Spring Flowers!

May 8, 2013

 

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Mother’s Day is upon us and that can only mean one thing, our selection of Edible Flowers, including Herb Blossoms, Vegetable Blossoms, and MicroFlowers are blooming brightly! We are offering a large variety this season including, Basil Blossoms, Buzz Buttons, Nasturtium Flowers, Cilantro Blossoms, Marigold Flowers, Jasmine Flowers, Cosmos Flowers, MicroFlowers™ Orchid, the list goes on!

Need Ideas for Mother’s Day? Brighten up her special day with Edible Flowers!

If you’re at that point where you are stuck wondering what to do for Mother’s Day and you’ve already taken the traditional route  —  the thank-you card and bouquet of flowers combination  —  do something different this time! Create a gorgeous Mother’s Day meal by adding our Edible Flowers to your appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, desserts and cocktails.

Be sure to notice what each different flower has to offer. Whether you’re adding a hint of citrus with Buzz Buttons over a sorbet or looking to top off an entree with the peppery, spiciness of Nasturtium Flowers, show mom how much you love and appreciate her with your creative side. Have fun with it!

Below are descriptions of our most popular flowers, how they generally taste, how you could possibly use them, plus recipes with Edible Flowers as ingredients!

Basil Blossoms

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Basil is everyone’s favorite herb flower and hopefully your mom’s favorite too. This dazzling purple blossom has even more concentrated flavor and aroma than the leaf. Usually, people will smell the sweet aroma & see its stunning appearance right before they enjoy the fresh taste, engaging all their senses. Very versatile, it can be used whole or shredded.

Here are some ideas on how you could use them:

  • Add to Pesto sauce
  • Make an heirloom Tomato-Basil & Mozzarella Salad
  • Mix in a Fruit Salad
  • Top Bruscetta & Pasta
  • Decorate appetizer platters

 

Recipes:

Lemon Basil Sorbet

Yield: 1 quart

  • 4 Basil Blossoms, flowers taken off stems
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • ½ cup cointreau
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, cointreau and orange juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Add the basil and set aside to steep for 3 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine chinois and set aside to cool. Transfer to the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled, then process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s directions.

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Yields: 4 cups

  • 4 Basil Blossoms, flowers taken off stems
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sm can tomato paste
  • 20 Ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp Pinch sugar
  • ½ cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt, pepper TT

Coat a saucepot with oil and warm over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, chicken stock, and wine; season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Turn the heat up slightly to medium and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the basil and cheese.

Basil Fruit Blast Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink

  • 4 Fresh Origins Basil Blossoms
  • 1 ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz Chambord
  • ½ oz Peach Schnapps
  • ½ Peach
  • ½ Lemon
  • 1 ½ oz Orange Juice

Cut peach into small pieces and add to a shaker. Take 2 Fresh Origins Basil Blossoms, torn into pieces and squeezed lemon, and add to shaker and muddle. Add Vodka, Chambord, Peach Schnapps, and Orange Juice. Shake vigorously; pour into ice filled Collins glass. Garnish with 2 Basil Blossoms, and peach slices.

 

Nasturtium Flowers

Flower Nasturtium

These stunning orange, yellow, and red flowers boast a sweet & tangy, yet peppery and spicy flavor. Here are some ideas on how you could use them:

  • Add to mixed green salads
  • Mince & mix in with risotto
  • Put inside a Vietnamese spring roll
  • Mince & mix in potato salad
  • Top desserts

 

Recipes:

 

Salmon & Cheese Stuffed Nasturtiums

Servings: 10

  • 10 Nasturtium Flowers
  • 1-8 oz package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • Smoked Salmon, shredded
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill, minced
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • salt, pepper TT

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, salmon, dill, and lemon juice. Mix and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix in capers. Place about half a tsp cream cheese mixture (more or less, depending on the size of the flowers) inside the throat of each nasturtium flower. Fold each petal over the cheese and press together.

 

Potato-Nasturtium Salad

Servings: 8

  • 30 Nasturtium Flowers, chopped
  • 1 pound small fingerling potatoes
  • ¼ cup Butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard Dijon
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped tarragon
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 5 whole Green Onions, Sliced thinly
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 4 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • salt, pepper TT

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Toss the potatoes with melted butter and tarragon; put on a baking sheet. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Chop in quarters. Mash half of the potatoes gently. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and paprika. Refrigerate until cold.

Toss together the cooled potatoes with: parsley, capers, mustard, mayonnaise, eggs, green onions, vinegar, in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chopped nasturtiums and toss to combine.

 

Spicy Nasturtium Vinaigrette

Yields: 1 cup

  • ¼ cup Nasturtium Petals, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. Mustard Dijon
  • salt, pepper TT

Combine and whisk together.

Buzz Buttons

Flower Buzz Button TM

Stimulate your taste buds with this exciting burst of energy! These yellow, cone shaped flowers produce an electrifying effect on the palette. With a slight citrus flavor, it gives your mouth an exciting tingly feeling with an almost numbing effect. This unique flower stimulates saliva and cleanses the mouth with a refreshing cool feeling. Use sparingly by shredding the flower and sprinkling over food or muddle in cocktails to add electricity!  Here are some ideas on how you could use them:

  • Add to Lemon Sorbet
  • Shred & sprinkle on chocolate desserts
  • Infuse in sauces
  • Muddle in cocktails
  • Shred & sprinkle on salads

Recipes:

 

Buzz Thriller Cocktail

Servings: 1 drink

  • 6 Fresh Origins Buzz Buttons™
  • 1oz Citrus Rum
  • ½ oz Blue Curacao
  • Float of Cachaca
  • Sweet and Sour
  • Lime
  • Cup of Ice

Cut 5 Buzz Buttons™ into pieces, put in a blender. Add Sweet and Sour, Citrus Rum, Blue Curacao, and juice   from half of a lime. Blend mixture then pour into a glass filled with ice. Top with a float of Cachaca.  Serve with 1 Buzz Button™ for garnish, but be sure to caution your customers of their tingly sensation. Since alcohol dehydrates you, the Buzz Button™ is a perfect ingredient because it stimulates salivary glands, keeping your mouth from getting dry and giving you a refreshing hydrated feeling!


Tingly Citrus Vinaigrette

Yields: 2 cups

  • 2 Buzz Buttons™
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons red rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • salt, pepper TT
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard Dijon
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme

 Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

 

Citrus Buerre Blanc with a kick!

Yields: ½ cup

  • 2 Buzz Buttons™ shredded
  • ½ Shallot minced
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • salt, pepper TT
  • 1 pt cold butter, cubed – ½”

In a hot small saucepan, add shallots and juices. Simmer and reduce until au sec (nearly dry, about 1 tbsp of liquid left). Add Buzz Buttons™, salt, & pepper. Take off heat and add a few cubes of butter at a time, whisk quickly and constantly until melted. Careful not to “break” the sauce (separation of fat and liquid). This will happen if it is too hot. The finished sauce should be thick and smooth.

Cilantro Blossoms

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Tiny and lovely white flowers on long green stems. Intense Cilantro flavor and fresh aroma. Here are some ideas on how you could use them:

  • Decorate Ceviche & salsa
  • Make Cilantro Crème Fraiche
  • Top guacamole & tacos
  • Mix in with rice
  • Float on Pho
  • Top sushi

 

Recipes:

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Yields: 1 cup

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro flower petals & leaves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt, pepper TT
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard Dijon
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Blend the lime juice, vinegar, and cilantro together in a blender until smooth. Add the brown sugar, garlic, and salt, pepper; blend again until smooth. Spoon the mustard into the mixture. Turn the blender on and slowly pour the olive oil into the dressing mixture in a thin stream; blend until thoroughly combined.

Cilantro Lime Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Servings: 4

  • ¼ cup Cilantro flower petals & leaves (minced)
  • salt, pepper TT
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small Jalapeno minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ cup Lime juice
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Cilantro flowers on stems for garnish

Combine salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, garlic & jalapeno . Put on shrimp. Add shrimp to a hot grill and cook, until opaque throughout, and caramelized on both sides. 3 to 5 minutes. Serve shrimp with Cilantro Flowers & lime wedges.

Cilantro Spring Soup

Servings: 2

  • 1 bunch Cilantro sprigs & blossoms
  • 6–7 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cup spinach, washed, trimmed and loosely packed
  • 3 T butter
  • ½ white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, seeded stemmed, diced
  • 6 green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt, pepper TT
  • ½ cup Cotija Cheese, for serving
  • 2 Lime wedges, for serving
  • Cilantro blossoms, for serving
  • 2 avocados, sliced, for serving

In a blender, puree the spinach with 2 cups of the chicken broth. Add the cilantro and coarsely blend.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter and sauté the onions, garlic and serranos. Add the pureed mixture and the remaining chicken broth. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile slice the avocados and drizzle with lime juice. Thin the soup, if necessary, with additional chicken broth, then pour into bowls and garnish each with cheese, avocado slices and a Cilantro Blossoms.

Here is our list of available Edible Flowers this spring season:

Borage Blossoms, Marigolds, Begonias, Snapdragons, Chocolate Bell Flowers, Fava Flowers, Nasturtiums, Lavender Flowers, Buzz Buttons, Cilantro Blossoms, Mustard Blossoms, Cosmos, Jasmine Flowers, Alyssum Flowers, Arugula Blossoms, Chive Blossoms, Bachelor’s Buttons, Firestix™, Calendulas, Fennel Flowers, Fuchsias, Pansies, Violas, Sparklers™, Thyme Blossoms, and all of our MicroFlowers™ varieties.

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If we were able to help to you in any way this Mother’s Day, let us know! We love hearing what other Chefs and food fanatics are doing with Edible Flowers. But most importantly, to all the Mothers out there, we’re so grateful to have you and wish you the best Mother’s Day ever!

Fresh Origins March Tours: Connecting with the Crowd

March 29, 2013

Our 4-week trade show tour through New York, Anaheim, and Las Vegas was a complete success. At each show, we exhibited our new Microgreens and Edible Flowers in our booth, and demonstrated our newest varieties of Herb Crystals™ and Flower Crystals™ with new Fresh Origins recipes. We connected with our new and current customers, and got to be part of the biggest, most entertaining food conventions we’ve ever seen.

“What’s the latest new Fresh Origin product?” our booth visitors asked. This year our Basil, Fennel, Rose, and Mint Herb Crystals™ & Flower Crystals™ took center stage as our featured items. And we had a brand new flavor to show off: Lime crystals. These were a big hit at the Nightclub and Bar Show especially.

Any drink is better with fresh Microgreens & Edible flowers!

The Nightclub and Bar Show, held in Las Vegas, was designed to feel like a popular nightclub: loud music, club lighting, exotic dancers, and ice sculptures with liquor pouring through. Talk about entertaining!

We received great reactions from­ mixologists and bar owners. Many of them had never seen cocktail glasses rimmed with anything like our fresh Herb and Flower Crystals. We caught everyone’s attention with the bright colors of our rimming crystals and drinks garnished with fresh Flowers and Microgreens. 

Kelly Sasuga with our Booth Display

Mixologists are always looking for new cocktail ideas, and ways to reinvent their old ones. Our booth visitors were immediately drawn to the Herb & Flower Crystal’s crunchy texture, their pure, intense flavors and naturally vibrant colors. We enjoyed demonstrating our lime crystals for the first time. These tangy bright green crystals were a hit with bartenders & mixologists — they’re perfect for margaritas!

We brought extra Herb & Flower Crystals to share with other people demonstrating their own products. It was great to see people adding the crystals to their own drink samples – and it gave more people a taste of our bright flavors.

Microgreens and Edible Flowers are a hit with Natural Food Retailers

We brought our fresh Microgreens and Edible Flowers to the Natural Products Show for the first time. The show was the total opposite of the Nightclub and Bar Show, with its emphasis on health and wellness. It was also amazing to see the huge Anaheim Convention Center jam-packed, inside and out – at least 60,000 people attended the expo.

This year, we’re committed to getting our Microgreens, Edible Flowers and Herb and Flower Crystals to the retail customer, so it was great to meet retail distributors and buyers for specialty food stores. People who already knew us were surprised to see us attending this show, and excited to view and sample our new products. We also introduced our new retail organic line of Microgreens and Edible Flowers!

We’re used to mingling with restaurant owners and chefs, so we were excited to speak to a different crowd. Most of the people walking around were very health-conscious. They’re interested in discovering what the latest new healthy foods are, and luckily they found us in the “New Hot Products” area.

Pulmuone USA Booth using our products

We talked with some sponsored athletes – bodybuilders and triathletes – who asked us questions like, “What are the health benefits and the nutritional advantage microgreens have that regular veggies don’t?” Many people, of course, claim that microgreens contain more vitamins and antioxidants than their mature counterparts – but we personally don’t know for sure. What we do know is that microgreens taste terrific and are very healthy.

Each conversation gave us priceless feedback, and we would like to thank everyone who visited our booth. There’s nothing like making new contacts and friendly connections!

 

Fresh Origins Hits the Road: New York, Anaheim & Las Vegas (2X)!

March 1, 2013

March is finally here! This month, we’ll be attending 4 trade shows, back-to-back. Every event caters to a unique group of food professionals. We’ll be showing our Microgreens, Edible Flowers, Herb & Flower Crystals™ and other specialty items to chefs, restaurant owners, caterers, mixologists, foodservice distributors & retailers.

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY:
Booth: 1456
Microgreens & Edible Flowers on Center Stage

We’re starting off at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show: http://www.internationalrestaurantny.com/Show-Info/ in New York. This show is exciting and fast-paced, attracting a huge crowd of industry professionals including high-end restaurant chefs and those who supply them.

Every kind of food product and restaurant supply you can imagine will be on display at this show – from tablecloths to point-of-sale systems, from stoves to lighting. The show also features many great cooking demonstrations & sampling, chef competitions, food service education sessions, and other breakout sessions that restaurant people love.

Many of our customers attend this show, and they’re eager to see & taste our new products, such as our signature specialty Herb & Flower Crystals™. We enjoy having the chance to catch up with our friends and customers – and win some new ones too.

Natural Products Expo West:
Booth: 5758
A New Market for our Microgreens

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After New York, we’ll be traveling back to the West Coast for Natural Products Expo West: http://www.expowest.com/ew13/public/enter.aspx in Anaheim, California. It’s our first time exhibiting at this trade show, where buyers for retail stores attend to see the latest natural, and health-oriented products.

So why is Fresh Origins going to be there? We’ve seen microgreens for sale in a few retail grocery stores recently – and frankly, the quality is poor. We believe there are two reasons for this: first, we think retail store buyers are unfamiliar with quality standards for microgreens, so they don’t know what to expect – or demand. We have always sold to the nation’s top Chefs who demand great quality. Second, the quality of the microgreens is poor due to growing methods and less than ideal growing climates.

We see Natural Products Expo West as a huge opportunity for us to show retail buyers that we offer the very best, microgreens available, and demonstrate that Fresh Origins microgreens would be a great addition to their produce department.

Catersource:
Booth 2536
Microgreens, Edible Flowers & Herb Crystals™: the perfect finishing touch to Wedding Hors d’ oeuvres

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During the second half of March, we’ll be attending not one, but two shows in Las Vegas. We’re old hands at Catersource [http://www.catersource.com/conference-tradeshow/attend], a fantastic show that pulls in at least 7,000 catering professionals from across the country.

Caterers have been especially aware of the benefits of using our Microgreens and Edible Flowers – for them, food has to look as good as it tastes, and taste as good as it looks. Our Microgreens and Edible Flowers are a big draw at Catersource because they are unique and attractive, perfect for special events, especially weddings. Speaking of weddings…our gorgeous Crystallized Flowers are an amazing, all natural addition for cakes & cupcakes.

We also enjoy this show because we see so many of our customers here. It’s very social for us – lively and lots of fun. We also like the fact that we really stand out at Catersource, since we’re offering such unique and beautiful products there.

Nightclub & Bar Convention:
Booth 628
Herb & Flower Crystals™ for Mixologists

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Another first-time event for us, the Nightclub & Bar Trade Show http://www.ncbshow.com/why-attend-0 is where we will introduce a new product line: our Mini Herb Crystals™ & Mini Flower Crystals™. This is a finer-grained version of our popular Fennel, Rose, Basil and Mint Crystals that chefs and caterers use as an exciting & versatile ingredient in all kinds of dishes.

We’ve met several mixologists who love the garden-fresh tastes, new textures and beautiful colors they can introduce into their drinks with our new Mini Herb & Flower Crystals™, fresh Edible Flowers and even our fresh Microgreens.

We designed our new Mini Crystals for rimming cocktail glasses. The smaller granules adhere to the glass rim better than our larger Flower and Herb Crystals™, offering mixologists a way to accent drinks with color while injecting a blast of amazing flavor and exciting crunch.

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We’ve researched other sugared products out there, and none compare to our crystals, with their naturally pure vibrant colors, our intense flavors and crunchy texture. That’s right – we add nothing artificial to our crystals. All the color and flavor comes directly from the fresh herb or flower.

If you’re planning to be at any of these shows, we’d love to see you! Please stop by our booth, sample some of our Edible Flowers, Microgreens and our Herb and Flower Crystals. Tell us what you think! We want your feedback, and we love kicking ideas around with our Chef & foodie friends.

Asian style Herbs & Greens

January 11, 2013

Fresh Origins has a wide variety of Asian style herbs & greens. Great flavor additions for noodles & rice! Float some Petite Thai Basil on Pho to add an intense herb essence. Micro Red & Green Shisos are wonderful when paired with fresh sushi. Seared rare ahi loves to be topped with our Micro Wasabi. Add some Gold Edamame Shoots™ to your stir-fry to add color, crunch and a yummy legume taste. Red Kaiware Shoots™ & Micro Benitade add a stunning color and spicy flavor to Kalbi short ribs or sesame chicken.

What would you do with our Asian products??

Asian Products

Fresh Origins Microgreens: A Family Matter

December 17, 2012

Fresh Origins Microgreens: A Family Matter – Kelly Sasuga

Going to culinary school was the best thing I’ve done for my family’s business.

I started working Fresh Origins, my family’s business, more than six years ago. I did a lot of different jobs, starting with customer service, and moving on to doing graphic design, photography, sales and marketing. I’d been studying these subjects at the University of San Francisco, and it was good to use my skills to help Fresh Origins grow.

I spent some time in the kitchens of chefs using our products, taking photos of the dishes they created and observing how they combined flavors when they used our microgreens. A chef would use our Micro Shiso in Asian dishes, and Micro Basil in an Italian dish.

Of course, I couldn’t use the chefs’ recipes for our business – these belonged to them. I felt I needed to develop my own recipes to showcase our Microgreens, Shoots, Edible Flowers, Tiny Veggies™ and Herb Crystals™.

So I signed up for the San Diego Culinary Institute to get my Commis de Cuisine Diploma http://www.sdci-inc.com/ I devoted nine months to classes and two months to an “externship” at the Red Light District restaurant, where I worked with Chef Jason Maitland.

Jason is a family friend who has been using Fresh Origins microgreens and other products for a long time. Now I could see up close the flavor pairings and combinations he came up with. I was also learning about combining flavor elements at the Culinary Institute  – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami.

I also learned how to plate food attractively – after all, people eat with their eyes first. I saw how to combine colors and textures, how people’s eyes travel on the plate, where you should add height. Now I look at photos of plates I did before culinary school, and I think, “Well, I thought it looked okay at the time…”

My culinary training taught me not just how to prepare recipes, but how to invent new ones.  I gained an understanding of the science behind the food, and an appreciation for experimentation and recipe development.

Now I am Fresh Origins’ research and development Chef. I develop new recipes to showcase our products at the foods shows we attend. I’ll prepare a dish, and then pass out small samples and show attendees how to use our products.

At the last couple of shows, we made citrus ceviche and topped it off with our Flower Crystals™  Fennel. [link to http://www.freshorigins.com/our-products/basil-crystals] Licorice flavored Fennel pairs well with seafood, so I thought it would be great to combine them with shrimp and scallop ceviche. The sweetness of the fennel crystals are a great contrast to the tartness of the ceviche, and they add a nice crunch. People think because the crystals are sweet, they can be used only on desserts and pastries, but they can be paired with savory items, too.

I actually did do a mint chocolate dessert for the food shows: a chocolate ganache pop with a coating of the mint crystals. The crunchy mint is a fantastic flavor combination with the smooth rich chocolate. [link to http://www.freshorigins.com/our-products/basil-crystals].

Most people wouldn’t think of pairing microgreens with a dessert, just like they wouldn’t think of the sweet herb crystals with savory food. But the freshness of the green is great with a rich dessert. I recently created a recipe for a maple, cinnamon and persimmon pana cotta with candied pecans. [link to https://fomicrogreens.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cinnamon-maple-persimmon-panna-cotta-candied-pecans-with-micro-basil-cinnamon/] It’s garnished with micro cinnamon basil, a basil that really does taste like cinnamon. The fresh microgreen is a great color contrast for the eyes, and it’s a nice fresh texture with the smooth panna cotta.

This is something I teach other chefs when I’m marketing our microgreens. Many chefs use microgreens as a garnish, but we try to teach them to use microgreens as a flavor addition, not just as a garnish to look pretty.

My culinary training opened up an array of new techniques that have helped me contribute to Fresh Origins more creatively. After culinary school, I’ll never look at a plate of food the same way again.

Microgreens, Edible Flowers
David & Kelly: PMA Foodservice in Monterey – July 2012

Microgreens, Edible Flowers, Herb Crystals
Chef Kelly with food samples: International StarChefs Congress in NY – Sept 2012

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

Cinnamon-Maple Persimmon Panna Cotta, Candied Pecans with Micro Basil Cinnamon

November 29, 2012

Microgreens, Fresh Origins

Cinnamon-Maple Persimmon Panna Cotta, Candied Pecans with Micro Basil Cinnamon

 4 servings

Poached Persimmons 

4 persimmons, peeled, chopped

2 cups water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Bring the water and sugar to a boil, then lower to a simmer and add the diced persimmons and cinnamon stick. There needs to be enough water to cover the fruit.
Simmer until persimmons are soft. Let cool. Puree until smooth.

Panna Cotta

14 ounces poached persimmon puree

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp Brandy

2¼ tsp powdered gelatin

3 tbsp cold water

2 cups heavy cream

½ cup maple syrup

Sprinkle the gelatin over cold water in a medium bowl and let it stand while you prepare the rest of the panna cotta. Oil four ramekins or glasses with a neutral-tasting oil. (Skip this step if you’re planning on serving your panna cotta in their molds).

Heat the cream, sugar, brandy and cinnamon in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the persimmon puree. Pour in gelatin and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Divide the panna cotta into the prepared molds and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Maple-Candied Pecans

8 ounces pecan halves

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325. Put foil on top of a baking sheet. Mix the syrup and sugar in a bowl, then stir in the pecans, tossing to coat and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake for until done, about 10 minutes. Separate any nuts that stick together with a fork. Let cool.

To serve:

Top with pecans, maple syrup and garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Basil Cinnamon.

 Microgreens, Fresh Origins

Food & Photos by Kelly Sasuga

http://www.FreshOrigins.com