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A Cornucopia of Fresh Flavor

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Have you ever tasted an edible flower? How about one with the bold flavor of licorice? Or a microgreen as spicy as wasabi or Dijon mustard? Fresh Origins products deliver an intense range of surprising flavors like fresh garlic, sour green apple and fresh oysters, that are sure to drive your taste buds wild! Our MicrogreensPetite® GreensEdible Flowers and Specialty Items provide chefs and mixologists with distinctive and extraordinary flavors that heighten the dining experience every time! 

Our wide variety of products continue to inspire chefs and mixologists to experiment with different cooking techniques and applications that highlight every unique flavor. Whether potent or mild, delicious flavors of sweet, sour, savory, and spicy can all be found on our farm and they’re ready to impress! 

SWEET & SOUR 

Sweet flavor profiles are present in many different types of our products. Stevia Tops, Pineapple Bud™ and Jasmine Flower, for example, are just a select few of our sweet varieties. By simply tossing a sweet Jasmine Flower into a salad you can add a delightfully sweet bite and a striking pop of white color, providing contrast with the rest of the dish. Various sweet mint products like our Micro Mint Lemon™, Micro Mint Licorice™ and Micro Mint Lime™ can be muddled to extract a sweet/minty note for an enriched craft cocktail. 

Along with some sour and tart alternatives like the Sorrel Butterfly Purple™ and Hibiscus Leaf™, these products add a unique, mouth-watering taste and presentation to desserts and are easily the perfect finishing touch to craft cocktails.

Kaiseki Mizumono Hojicha Almond Cake and Fresh Origins Hibiscus Leaf™ by Chef Andrew Spurgin

Fresh Origins Sorrel Butterfly Purple™ atop the Madame Butterfly Vodka cocktail – TomTom Restaurant and Bar 

Other surprisingly tart items like our Petite® Sorrel Green Apple™, Begonia Flower and Micro White Mum™ can be used to complement salads and seafood dishes while also providing contrasting flavors to the dish itself.
 
FLORAL 

Floral flavor notes are also very apparent in many of our Micros, Petite Greens and Edible Flowers, such as our Micro Mint Lavender™, Petite® Herbes de Provence Mix™, Basil Blossom, Fennel Flower, Marigold, Elder Flower and Rose products.  Even a sweet floral crunch can be experienced with our Flower Crystals® Fennel, Hibiscus and Rose! Each of these products can be used to enhance soups, flavor teas, brighten cocktails, sweeten baked goods and confections and even provide a dish with an enticing floral aroma! 

Fresh Origins Rose Petal and Flower Crystals® Rose

 

SALTY & SAVORY 

Numerous varieties of salty and savory microgreens grow in abundance here on the Fresh Origins Farm.  Savory flavors like our Micro Mustard Dijon™, Micro Oregano, Petite® Thyme and Garlic Flower provide dishes with potent flavor, making for a bold and lasting impression.

The vibrant, purple Garlic Flower and Garlic Flower Gold Crown™ are full of exceptional fresh garlic flavor!  Very pungent, they provide an unexpected burst of garlic flavor and are a great way to add a fresh touch to and seafood, meats and poultry dishes. 

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No matter the type of dish or cuisine, you can always count on there to be a microgreen or edible flower that will complement and enhance your menu! We continue to develop and grow new and exciting varieties, ensuring that the possibilities for culinary excellence are endless! Come back for our favorite spicy, peppery, earthy and ocean-like products, we can’t wait to show you!

What are your favorite microgreens and edible flowers? Drop a few lines here, we’d love to hear from you! For more inspiration, follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

The Power of the Rose…Crystals!

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The countdown to Valentine’s Day has officially started. This highly anticipated holiday adds more hustle and bustle to everything around us, especially at our farm! The days leading up to this heartfelt occasion are undoubtedly one of the busiest times for us. But we’re not complaining! As restaurants everywhere are also busy planning menus for one of their busiest days of the year, we’re making sure we meet the needs of the chefs at the forefront of the madness.  

For the single patrons or the affectionate lovebirds, crafting an endearing experience for restaurant goers is a MUST! But have no fear, lending a helping hand in finding ways to make your menu special is part of our forte. We posed the question of how to make this particular Valentine staple (or truly the classic symbol of adoration) into something even more amazing…and sparkly. That’s right, we’re talking about reimagining the flower power of the Rose that we all know and love! Giving your guests something new to experience is a no brainer. Giving them something to remember by forging a recipe that bears many indulging elements of this special day, now that’s genius. 

So this Valentine’s Day, explore the potential of Rose Flower Crystals on any dish, pastry, or celebratory cocktail. How can one enjoy the sensual aromas of the Rose? How does one begin to fathom the taste of the Rose? The answer is in the Crystals! All the fundamentals of this classic flower from smell, to taste, to color, have been taken apart and reassembled into tiny, dazzling, and sparkly Crystals, just waiting to expose its magic to your mouth! Of the many surprising flavors of Crystals we’ve come up with to date, the Rose is a true crowd-pleaser. 

Chef Robert Danhi says, “I love flavors such as rose…and when I tasted the Rose Flower Crystals, my heart swooned. They have figured a way to blend just two ingredients into a new form, and now I can twist open and sprinkle Fresh Origins Rose Crystals to create a flavor opportunity like no other.”  

Using real rose petals, we take advantage of their natural bold pigments and fresh fragrance and combine them with cane sugar to create a romantically sweet treat; and we did this without any added  colors, flavors, or preservatives! For taste, it’s safe to say they taste exactly like the scent of the rose. Not only do they add pretty pink accents to delectable desserts and gourmet meals, but they also add incredible texture and deliver flavor in an exciting and crunchy way. These characteristics are a game-changer when it comes to thinking up fun and innovative ways to elevate your Valentines creations. Quinn Adkins, Menu Development Director of Culver’s, says, “Small points of differentiation are crucial [in menu planning], and elements like Crystals make that goal easier.” 

If you can’t give diamonds, Crystals are the next best thing. Watch them dance in this rosé champagne and check out how you can shake things up in mixology with our glass rimmers: Mini Crystals

If you need to see, taste, and experience the magic of the Crystals for yourself, please contact us and we’d be happy to send you a small sample.

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 production 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, our Broccoli Flower blooms beautifully all year. 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 colorful 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)

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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.