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Inspiring, Creating, and Exciting with Edible Flowers

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Edible flowers, served up on any dish or cocktail, are guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Discovering that we can eat and taste so many varieties of fresh edible flowers always evokes an exciting feeling! Their patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes inspire us in the best ways, especially the visionary chefs and mixologists. Bringing fresh edible blooms into the kitchen and finding a home for them on all types of food and drink make it all the more compelling. 

Food is more delicious, more desirable, and certainly more Instagram-worthy when the right edible flowers make their debut. They incite our sense of connection to food by adding appeal to what’s in front of our eyes, opening up our appetite, and enriching the entire eating experience. Culinarians are always striving to create a significant dining experience for their guests and edible flowers do just that! That’s why we’ve perfected the craft of growing and nurturing many varieties of edible flowers to add to the experience. 

In addition to growing countless top-shelf microgreens, We harvest an array of year-round blooms and seasonal offerings on the daily! No matter what color, taste, or appearance is needed, our bountiful fields of fresh and diverse flowers are bound to have a perfect match for any menu pairing.

Edible flowers possess incredible aesthetics and bear the most surprising flavors. On top of beauty and flavor, variety and consistency are all important factors when creating and cooking with edible flowers. We’ve worked hard to provide chefs with their favorite products whenever it’s needed; like the Squash Blossom. This extremely delicate flower grows best on the Fresh Origins farm, even in the Winter season, when it’s most fragile. Similarly, as many flowers cannot withstand extreme heat during the hot summer months, the Broccoli Flower withstands the test of time. Its beautiful white petals provide amazing bright white accents on any plating with unbelievably fresh broccoli flavor. For more inspiration, the incredible Oyster Flower tastes just like fresh oysters with an added experience of the ocean! You can even add a French feel with the sweet Sage Flower Monet Pink™, inspired by the renowned French artist Claude Monet himself. For a micro touch with large impact, the charming and dainty Micro Princess Flower is perfect for adding just a hint of royalty. 
While there are many ways to inspire, edible flowers also encourage mixologists to get extra crafty with their cocktails. Products like the fiery Firestix™ or vibrant Hibiscus Flower help make a bold visual statement. To complement with flavor, Micro Marigold™ steals the show with its citrus notes and pretty petals. And we can’t forget the lovely Buzz Button! This fun edible flower adds a bit of spice and a lot of tingle!
In the many ways that edible flowers add life to any component, they also turn the cogwheels and inspire us get creative, outside the box! Check out these inspirational ideas for dishes with Edible Flowers.

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Looking Back: 2018 on the Farm

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Here we are about to ring in the new year; but before we welcome 2019, we thought we would share with you some of our favorite moments of 2018! 

While our farm is busy growing quality microgreens and cultivating new products, we also make it a priority to connect, meet and inspire Chefs. We participate in culinary events and tradeshows around the country, showcasing our large variety of products and welcoming chefs to interact with them. At these events, we can personally show you Fresh Origins’ gold standard of quality as well as entice your sense of smell and taste. This is so important because each item is more than just its beautiful appearance.  Microgreens and Edible Flowers elevate your plate and heighten the experience of your culinary creations by adding unprecedented flavors, fragrances and textures!  Featuring our products at tradeshows and chef events like Starchefs’ International Chefs Congress and Rising Stars gives us the opportunity to demonstrate and educate culinarians, mixologists and caterers on the uses, flavors and presentation power of the Microgreen. 

StarChefs International Chefs Congress 

This past October, the Fresh Origins team journeyed to Brooklyn for Starchefs’ International Chefs Congress for the 10th straight year! This show was a widely inspiring and engaging experience for chefs, mixologists and foodservice professionals from all over the world. Each chef integrated Fresh Origins Microgreens into their dishes, cocktails and desserts, filling the Brooklyn Expo Center with so much color, inspiration and flavor! Some of the influential chefs we had the pleasure of working with include: Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT, Nicole Gajadhar of Saxon and Parole, Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Chris Scott of Butterfunk Kitchen, and Nicholas Elmi of Laurel. Take a look at some of their masterpieces in our highlights below:  

 

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NEW TO THE FARM 

Thanks to our gorgeous California weather, we enjoy the best climate in the world for growing Microgreens. We are constantly innovating and growing new Microgreens, Petite Greens and Edible Flowers and 2018 was no exception!  The San Diego sun provides the ideal environment to produce strong, healthy, highly flavorful and unique microgreens that are Honestly Grown™ in the right climate.  

In case you missed them, here are some of the newest additions to the Fresh Origins Farm:

Micro Huacatay™ 
Huacatay is an herb that comes from the ancient Inca empire, used vastly among indigenous people from Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. Now in Microgreen form, the soft lacy leaves are highly aromatic with flavors of citrus, mint and tropical fruit.  It is used like Cilantro for ceviche, chicken, fish, potatoes, soups and stews. 

 
Micro Huauzontle 
Huauzontle is a native Mexican plant that has established itself as a prized herb during the ancient Aztec rule. Now, a brand new Microgreen, Micro Huauzontle™ is tender with lavender-pink and green leaves. As a close relative of Quinoa, Amaranth and Epazote, it possesses pleasant earthy flavors with subtle peppery and nutty notes, adding great texture to many traditional Mexican cuisines.  Add a captivating twist to the classic Tortas de Huauzontle or include this savory Microgreen on top of Enchiladas or Menudo soup!  

Micro Quinoa™ 
Introducing the first ever Micro Quinoa™!  A revered staple of the Inca civilization, this ancient grain is indigenous to the Andes Mountains of South America. Now in a new form, this Microgreen has a nutty, salty and savory flavor and is related to spinach and chard. The small succulent leaves add the perfect texture to seafood, fresh salads, and meat entrees.  

 
Petite® Lucky Shamrock Red™ 
Our magnificent Shamrocks are now available in a new bold color! Petite® Lucky Shamrock Red™ boasts a warm and luscious shade of maroon flushed throughout its soft leaves while rocking a lively green center. These three-leafed clovers have a mild and refreshing clover flavor, making it a pleasant addition to any dish, dessert or drink!  

 
Garlic Flower Gold Crown™ 
A traditional edible flower favorite with a unique new color. Garlic Flower Gold Crown™ is a delightful lavender/purple flower with a bright golden-yellow crown at its center. This little flower is beautiful, but also very potent in flavor and can be used to add excitement to pasta, meat, salad or soups. 

 

Diving Deeper in Mixology 

Don’t forget about the ever-enticing craft cocktails! One of our top goals is to inspire mixologists and bartenders by showing the range of our products and how to best use them. These videos showcase the remarkable appeal, flair and versatility of our unique items. We show you how easy it is to use our Mini Herb, Flower, Fruit Crystals® for glass rimming and provide you with a few distinct ways to use our Edible Flowers, Herb Tops and Specialty items to upscale your cocktail. Click an image below to get inspired!



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From all of us at Fresh Origins, we wish you a Happy New Year. May each day bring you inspiration, happiness and more microgreens!

5 Inspirational Dishes with Edible Flowers

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Edible Flowers have played a vital part in our food experiences dating back to the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Ancient Chinese. Edible Flowers have been used in table decorations and as part of our meals. These flowers not only impact our visual and olfactory senses, but, are also used to tantalize our taste buds. The vibrant colors provided by flowers can be either visually subtle or brilliant in color, which can help to elevate or complete the presentation of your plate. In most cases, Edible Flowers are used to complement your food. One can simply place a Basil Blossom Flower or Kale Blue Flower on a dish or add sugar-coated roses or pansies to desserts for additional flare.

Edible Flowers not only add beauty to your presentation but can add flavor profile to your dish.  Below you will find 5 inspirational dishes using Edible Flowers.

1.Apricot Tartines with Violas: Violas add an element of voila to this appetizer. The subtle flavors of the bloom enhance the sweetness in the apricots on garlic and cheese topped tartine. (picture supplied by Brit+CO)

apricottartines

2. Crystalized Rose Petals (sometimes called candied): Here’s one thing we know for sure. Flowers make the best dessert decoration, and when they are crystalized, they take dessert over the top!

crystalized Rose petals

 

3. Orange Ginger Seared Scallops: Instead of your typical herbs, top these citrus-flavored scallops with fresh flowers.

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4. Asparagus and Goat Cheese: We can’t decide which of this dish’s three components tastes best: The fresh spring asparagus, the fruity orange vinaigrette or the sweetened up goat cheese mixed with fresh edible flowers. (picture supplied by Brit+CO)

aspargus and goat cheese

 

5. Squash Blossom Pesto: This savory spread gets tons of veggie flavor from fresh squash blossoms. It goes a long way on pizza, sandwiches or pasta.

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A Great MicroGreen Recipe for Easter

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Seared Scallops over MicroGreens with Orange Tarragon Vinaigrette with Butter Poached Lobster
Looking for something unique and delicious for Easter? Look no further, try this recipe with some of our premium MicroGreens.
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Vinagrette
  1. 1 cup fresh orange juice
  2. 1 big sprig fresh tarragon
  3. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  5. 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  6. 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Gastrique
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. Salt
  4. 1/2 fresh mango
Lobster
  1. 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  2. 2 lobster tails
  3. 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1 shallot, minced
  6. Salt
Crostini
  1. 1 clove garlic
  2. 8 slices baguette, sliced diagonally about 1/4-inch thick
  3. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
  5. Salt
Assembly
  1. 4 large scallops
  2. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  3. Grapeseed oil
  4. 1 1/2 cups microgreens of your choosing
  5. 8 MicroGreens Micro Chives
For the vinaigrette
  1. In a small pot, add the orange juice and tarragon sprig. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and reduce the juice by half. When reduced, remove the tarragon sprig and chill the juice in the refrigerator. When cooled, add the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Whisk together. Slowly drizzle the grapeseed oil while whisking until you get an equal balance of oil to juice. Taste, then adjust the seasoning if necessary. Put aside
For the gastrique
  1. In a small pot, add the sugar, apple cider vinegar, and some salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the mango, and simmer for 15 minutes. Use an immersion blender, blender or even a hand mixer to blend well. Then strain through a fine mesh sieve. (If you don't have a fine sieve, you can use a regular strainer lined with cheese cloth or a clean dish towel.) You want to remove any little bits of mango that the blender missed. Put in the refrigerator to cool. For the lobster: Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the white vinegar. Drop in the lobster tails and simmer them until they just begin to turn bright orange/red. Let cool and remove the lobster meat from the shell. Chop the meat into pieces, just smaller than bite size. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the garlic and shallots. Saute until translucent. Add the remaining butter and melt. Add a good pinch of salt. Add the lobster and stir to coat with the butter. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and keep warm.
For the crostini
  1. Preheat the oven broiler. Cut a clove of garlic in half, and rub both sides of the bread with the cut sides of the garlic. Brush one side of the bread with olive oil, and sprinkle very lightly with herbes de Provence and salt. (If you don't have HDP, you can use a mixture of dried thyme, basil, rosemary, marjoram, sage, savory and fennel seeds, or any one of those herbs you happen to have.)
  2. Lay the bread on a cookie sheet and reserve.
To assemble
  1. Start with the scallops. Pat your scallops dry with paper towels. They MUST be dry in order to get a nice sear and crust on the outside. (If you don't, you'll have a scallop just steeping in its own liquid, getting mushy, with no color, sear or flavor.) With a paring knife, score the top of the scallops with a crisscross. You want to just score the outer layer, 1/16-inch deep. Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper. In a scorching hot pan with grapeseed oil, put your scallops in scored-side down. Grapeseed oil has a very high smoke point, which allows you to cook at higher temperatures for longer before it starts to smoke and burn. The scallops will tell you when it's ok to lift them and take a peek at your sear. When you're able to pick the scallops up with no resistance at all, you can then take a peek to see if you're ready to flip it. You want a nice rich golden brown color on your scallop. Once you've achieved the proper color, flip your scallops and remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Put your crostini in the oven to toast. Add the vinaigrette to your greens a little at a time. You want to just cover the greens with the vinaigrette, we don't want to drown it. Think light.
  3. Now on each serving plate, place a silver-dollar-size portion of the dressed MicroGreens in the center of the plate. MicroGreens to try: Micro Arugula, Micro Broccoli, Micro Cucumber or create your own creation with MicroGreens. Take a teaspoon of the mango gastrique, and put it on the plate in front of the greens. Then with the back side of the spoon, run it through the middle of the sauce. Take 3 or 4 pieces of the lobster, blot them on a paper towel, then place them in the center of your gastrique schmear. Place your scallop on top of your MicroGreens. Place 2 crostinis off to the side of the scallop. Then cross 2 micro chives over each plate and you're done.
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Enhance your Cuisine with Specialty Produce

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The art of Plate Presentation is essential to the success of a dish as its taste and flavor.  The appearance of how food is plated is truly an art and can strongly influence our desire to want to taste it. It can be the deciding factor for your guest  to try your cuisine or not. So how do you create this experience for your guest? The answer is quite simple, by creating a fusion of colors, textures and interesting visual elements on a plate.

Specialty produce such as  MicroGreens, Greens, and related Specialty Items offer a delicate, gorgeous appearance and vibrant colors, which will add visual appeal and flavor to any plate. With  hundreds of varieties on our farm, we offer some of the most unique specialty produce available, many of which cannot be found at other farms. These varieties will definitely add the appeal and set you apart from other chefs:

Amaranth Carnival Mix™ is perfect for all seasons and a festive addition. Consisting of four different highly colored Amaranth leaves, that are vibrant in colors; pink, orange, red and yellow. Add to any plate to make an extravagant and exceptional statement.

 Amaranth Carnival Mix™

Hearts on Fire™ add spunk to any salads, a great highlight for cocktails or make a stunning presentation as a bed for meats. The leaf itself possesses a unique pattern with vibrant green and red coloring. This Green is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and has topped many specialty produce distributors list.

Hearts on Fire

Ice Bud™ is one of our favorite specialty items at Fresh Origins. The flower buds, glisten with brilliant sparkling beads of water, not only are they ascetically pleasing but also add an unexpected crunch and burst of salt water on the palate. Enhance seafood dishes such as oysters, ceviche or any fish. Top a chilled cucumber soup, or replace the olive in a cocktail.

Ice Bud Shola Revised

These are three of many varieties that can help enhance the presentation, flavor profile and uniqueness of your dish.  To learn more, visit our “Products” section on our website or contact your specialty produce distributor for more information.