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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)

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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!

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)

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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

y Herb Flower Cilantro

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.

Premium Flowers Assortment

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.