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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)

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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!

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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)

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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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Making food Romantic!

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Edible Roses & Rose Petals, Fresh Fragrant & Floral!

Stunning edible roses with attractive colors of red, pink, yellow, orange and white. Sweet and mild floral flavor. Their amazing aroma is a fantastic treat to your senses. Gorgeous and colorful, this fantastic garnish is versatile and fun. It’s divine beauty will transform salads and desserts. Add classic romance to cocktails and other refreshments. Edible Roses can also be a great ingredient for sauces and syrups!

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Dazzle Diners with Edible Flowers

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vista-valley-country-club-photo-shoot-april-09-8501Fresh Origins grows a diverse variety of edible flowers. With their vibrant colors, textures, scents and flavors, these dazzling beauties are gaining popularity as a highly creative culinary ingredient. Used in anything from salads and soups to main entrees and desserts, these splashes of color are truly breathtaking!

Although we often don’t think about it, eating an edible flower is not all that uncommon. Some of our favorite vegetable dishes are actually edible flowers; broccoli for example is a huge cluster of flower buds. The artichoke is a large individual unopened edible flower. Capers and cauliflower are other examples. The very expensive spice, saffron is the pollen collected from the inside of a crocus flower. Fennel pollen is a very unique flavoring ingredient, and fried squash blossoms are a tasty but often overlooked part of a common vegetable plant.

Herb flowers present another important way to enjoy edible flowers. Arugula blossoms have a strong nutty flavor, while basil blossoms are richly aromatic. Despite their small size, most herb flowershave a concentrated range of flavors. Lavender flowers are not only beautiful with their delicate color and long straight stems, but they impart great aromas and a distinctive taste. Edible flowers of herb plants generally have a more intense flavor compared to the leaves and provide an additional dimension of visual enhancement.

Fresh Origins offers many varieties of edible flowers such as pansy, bachelor’s buttons, calendula, marigold, chrysanthemum, snapdragon, carnation, dahlia, nasturtium, viola and others. The availability of these edible flowers can depend upon the season and weather conditions.

In addition to the more common edible flower varieties, Fresh Origins has developed and introduced several new types. Our MicroFlowersTM are a line of the tiniest edible flowers. These little gems are perfect for fine pastries and other delicate dessert presentations. They can be scattered over just about any type of food and can also be used in cocktails.

Another innovation from Fresh Origins is the FireStixTM. This exciting and versatile edible flower is actually an amaranth blossom. FireStixTM is a vibrant and unique edible flower that is both eye catching and durable. It can add height and flair to a diverse range of culinary presentations. OurSparklersTMare a related variety having the exotic and unusual appearance of sea coral.

Edible flowers can be used in teas, mixed drinks, pancakes, vinegars and dressings or added to cheeses and butters. They can be a simple yet effective focal point on a plate. Edible flowers are often utilized in cake decorating, or simply as a beautiful addition to salads.

Fresh Origins is pleased to be a major producer of edible flowers and continues to introduce exciting varieties of edible flowers to its lineup.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Edible Flowers!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Romance is in bloom at Fresh Origins! Decorate your Valentine’s drinks with brilliant edible flowers.  Adding flowers to your drinks and dishes truly adds romance and gives them a creative twist! Here’s some fun cocktails to share with your special someone!

Vodka, Pomegranate Liqueur, Rose Syrup, Pomegranate Juice, Sugared Rim, Lemon Twist, Rose

Champagne, Strawberry Vodka, Rose Syrup, Sugared Rim, Blueberries, Tangerine Wedge, Rose

Vanilla Vodka, Baileys, Chocolate Liqueur, Creme, Chocolate Flakes, Chocolate Rim, Raspberries, Rose

Citrus Rum, Triple Sec, Lemon Wedges, Lemon Juice, Tangerine Wedges, Juice, Rose Petals, Rose

Fresh Origins March Tours: Connecting with the Crowd

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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!

 

Kelly Sasuga Talks up Our Herb & Flower Crystals on TV!

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Kelly Sasuga, our research and development Chef, made the news at the Nightclub and Bar Show.  Kelly was interviewed by a new Spanish-language TV show and magazine, Cocktail Aficianado, owned by the well-regarded Cigar Aficianado.

The new venture was seeking the coolest products to feature in its launch. Kelly had the opportunity to talk about the company and our products for cocktails, including mini Herb & Flower Crystals™ glass rimmers, MicroFlowers, Buzz Buttons and our Tiny Veggies.

The show has not aired yet, so stay tuned and we’ll share Kelly’s interview on this blog as soon as the video clip is available.

Celebrating Motherhood: Fresh Origins’ Edible Spring Flowers!

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

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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.

 

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

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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:

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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!

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

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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.