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Scrumptious Sushi + Asian MicroGreens = Mouthwatering, Attractive Dishes!!

By | MicroGreens, PetiteGreens | 886 Comments

Eel (Unagi) Nigiri with Gold Kaiware Shoots™

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Fresh Origins Gold Kaiware Shootsboast attractive long pink stems with small golden leaves. Their pungent spicy radish flavor adds tremendous tastiness to this sweet sushi dish.  Not only a flavor addition, this garnish adds depth and creates a spectacular presentation.  This attractive shoot is high in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.

 

Salmon Nigiri with Micro Wasabi

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Our Micro Wasabi’s attractive bright green leaves make for a classic and clean garnish for nearly any plate. Bursting with spicy flavor, Fresh Origins‘ Micro Wasabi tastes just like real wasabi, though milder. It even clears your sinuses! Naturally this is the perfect addition for sushi and other Japanese dishes. If you want to add a spunky kick to your food, this is the garnish for you!

 

Sushi with Petite Asian Mix

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Our Petite Asian Mix blends the very best fresh Asian herbs and greens. Wonderful flavors of Mizuna, Tatsoi, Shiso, Mitsuba, Pak Choy, Peas, Mustard, Shungiku  and others truly make mouths water. Not only tasty and healthy, this combinbination contains different colors, shapes and textures to enhance the look of any plate. Asian entrees are a perfect match for this delicious mixture. Top seafood and meats, use as a beautiful edible bed or just add a light vinaigrette to create a wonderful fresh side salad.

 

Nigiri with Micro Radish Ruby

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Glamourous Micro Radish Ruby™ is truly an eye-catcher, with its royal dark purple leaves on matching purple colored stems. And it tastes as good as it looks! It’s fresh and spicy radish flavor accents seafood and meat entrees.  Contains  antioxidants called anthocyanins, that create its brilliant color. Show its colorful personality in mixed green salads, soups and sushi!

 

Assorted Nigiri with Petite Edamame

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Another Fresh Origins’ exclusive products, Petite Edamame™ is the latest and greatest thing! These Japanese green soy beans have a deep green color and resemble a bean that is opening with a new leaf coming through the middle. This Petite can be used as a substitute for regular edamame. It has even more flavor, and is easier to eat because there are no pods to deal with! Sauté, boil, flash fry, steam or just eat fresh! Also great as an extremely healthy veggie side dish or side salad. Petite Edamame™ boasts a full-bodied, nutty and beany flavor. This yummy legume is an excellent source of protein and unlike any other garnish out there! Truly sensational.

 

Handroll with Gold & Red Kaiware Shoots

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Red Kaiware Shoots™ display radiant shades of purple, red and maroon leaves with lovely pinkish-purple stems. Its spicy radish flavor pairs perfectly with all sushi dishes, and its long stems make it a great ingredient for rolling  in a handroll. It pairs especially well with savory meats! Add a colorful presence and enhance salads, appetizers, entrees, and Asian cuisine.

 

Sushi with Micro Shungiku

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These uniquely shaped chrysanthemum leaves have a succulent and juicy texture with a great earthy flavor. It is a stunning garnish for any plate, especially appetizers, sushi and stir-fries. Float on soups or add a tasty twist to fresh mixed green salads! Shungiku is also a highly nutritious green, containing Vitamin A,Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin B6. Fresh fish and healthy fresh greens, what could be better?

Fabulously Fresh: PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™

By | PetiteGreens | 1,263 Comments

petite-seasons-mix-tmExecutive Chef Andres Banuelos of the fabulous Hawthorn’s Restaurant is especially partial to fresh locally grown produce. Appreciating the bounty of California’s rich agricultural community, Chef Andres marvels at the superior quality of locally grown PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™. One of his favorite fresh greens, this premium Mix boasts brilliant colors, delectable textures and rich flavor. Chef Andres tells Specialty Produce that PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ beautifully and deliciously enhances a variety of his outstanding specialties and offers limitless versatility.

Truly a gorgeous signature item of Fresh Origins Farm in San Marcos, California, glorious PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ is a very impressive colorful blend of most all of Fresh Origins‘ locally grown PetiteGreens and fresh greens. Not only luscious eye candy, complementary flavors are combined that absolutely delight the palate.

PetiteGreens are heartier, offer more flavor and are harvested much larger than MicroGreens. PetiteGreens are the next step beyond MicroGreens when it comes to color, texture and taste. Nutritious PetiteGreens are cut when they are about three to five inches tall and about four to six weeks after planting. Larger than MicroGreens but smaller than baby greens, PetiteGreens are used mainly for fresh eating. As an edible garnish or added to fresh salads as a flavor accent, PetiteGreens are never tough or bitter, unlike mature cooking greens and herbs.

Offering exceptional color, texture and height, PetiteGreens contribute overall flavor and a very striking presentation. Favored by chefs for culinary versatility, PetiteGreens add a sophisticated touch to entrées, appetizers, crudités, hors d’oeuvres, hot or cold beverages, cocktails and desserts which definitely adds gourmet glamour to the fine dining experience.

Specifically grown for fresh eating, striking PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ adds a flavor combination that makes the taste buds stand up and take notice. Drizzled with light vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar dressing, this lovely mix turns into a taste sensation. As a substitute for the superb goodness of PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™, choose PetiteGreen Primavera Mix™ or PetiteGreen Asian Mix. Create your very own flavorful blend by combining several varieties of premium PetiteGreens. The flavors of red amaranth, purple mustard and cinnamon basil are especially compatible. To store, refrigerate in a sealed container. Use promptly for optimum freshness.

Start spreading the news that Fresh Origins Farm at San Marcos, California, owned and operated by David Sasuga, has a reputation for an outstanding selection of locally grown edible PetiteGreens and MicroGreens.

PetiteGreens are especially creating quite a buzz among chefs. Chefs praise the consistent quality and freshness of these truly remarkable versatile greens. Over grown microgreens are sometimes marketed by growers as Petites but Fresh Origins Farm’s PetiteGreens require an entirely different growing process than their MicroGreens. Fresh Origins Farm’s PetiteGreens are grown much differently than MicroGreens, resulting in superior form, color, flavor and uniform size. Overgrown MicroGreens may be less expensive but they tend to be stringy, too soft, not uniform in size and have a reduced shelf life and lack of flavor. Supplying area restaurants daily and year round with top quality PetiteGreens, Specialty Produce emphatically supports our local growers and farming industry. PetiteGreen Season’s Mix™ is available year-round!

Add Intensity to your dishes!!

By | MicroGreens, PetiteGreens, Recipes | 955 Comments

Try these tasty and easy recipes using Fresh Origins Micro Intensity™ Mix!

Fresh Origins exclusive Micro Intensity™ Mix is a highly flavorful blend of 15 to 20 different tiny herbs and greens. With fresh flavors of citrus, anise and sweet spiciness, this incredible mix will make your taste buds stand up and take notice!

Citrus Chicken Goat Cheese Salad

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Ingredients:

Fresh Origins Micro Intensity™ Mix

Goat Cheese

Mesclun Mix

Cherry Tomatoes

Chicken Breasts

Pecans (candied: brown sugar, butter, olive oil)

Salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ginger

Garlic (1 clove)

Mandarin tangerines

Orange Juice

Avocado

Directions:

Saute Chicken Breasts with olive oil, garlic, orange juice. Season with ginger, salt and pepper.  In a separate small saucepan, saute pecans with olive oil, butter and brown sugar. Slice cherry tomatoes, avocado, & mandarin tangerines.  Plate Mesclun mix and all other ingredients. Crumble goat cheese on top, drizzle olive oil and vinegar.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Intensity™ Mix!

 

Tri-Tip with Tomato Pesto Salad

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Ingredients:

Fresh Origins Micro Intensity™ Mix

Tri-tip steaks

Cherry Tomatoes (mixed colors, halved, 1 cup)

Fresh Basil (2 cups)

Garlic (1 clove)

Pine Nuts (1 tablespoon)

Salt, Pepper

Olive Oil (3 tablespoons)

Lemon Juice (2 tablespoons)

Grated Parmesan (2 tablespoons)

Mozzarella Cheese (1/2 cup cubed)

Asparagus

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Directions:

Prepare Pesto: combine small pieces of basil leaves, cut up garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Slowly add olive oil & lemon juice while continuing to mix.  Add salt & pepper.

Saute Tri-Tip with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Saute whole asparagus with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Slice cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.  Combine with pesto and mix.

Plate asparagus, tri-tip and tomato pesto salad.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Intensity™ Mix.

Petite Stevia™: Naturally Sweeter than Sugar!!!

By | PetiteGreens, Recipes | 1,457 Comments

1252Petite Stevia™ is the newest innovation from Fresh Origins!

Stevia is rapidly gaining popularity  as the first all natural alternative to sugar.

Extracts of Stevia have up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar!

Our Petite Stevia will add a sweet touch to tropical cocktails, desserts and savory main courses.

Medical research has also shown possible  benefits of stevia in treating obesity and high blood pressure.

This remarkable herb has zero calories and zero carbohydrates!

Native to South America, it has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries.

 

 

Stevia Mojito (Low Calorie)steviabest1

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Petite Stevia™

½ Handful of Fresh Origins Mint Spearmint Tops

1 lime

3 ounces club soda

2 ounces white Rum

1 ounce of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur

Ice Cubes

Collins Glass

 

Cut lime into quarters, squeeze into glass and drop slices in. Tear up Stevia and Mint leaves and drop into glass. Set some aside for garnish.

Take a muddler and grind the lime and Stevia leaves in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass to the top with ice. Then mix the ice with the Stevia and lime solution.

Next, add rum. Add the club soda now to the top of the glass. Add Petite Stevia™ and a lime wedge to the top of the drink to garnish. Toss in a straw and serve!

*Note: regular Mojitos require simple syrup or sugar in the mix, however using our sweeter than sweet Petite Stevia™ is a fresher and healthier substitution! This low calorie drink is great for dieters and those just trying to eat healthy.

 

Delightful Dining! The Capri Blu Experience

By | MicroGreens, PetiteGreens, Restaurant Reviews | 1,449 Comments

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At Capri Blu, executive Chef James Montejano uses fresh ingredients, unique garnishes, and skillful techniques to truly create works of art. The lovely compositions of the dishes excite and entice diners. My family and I came to Capri Blu for lunch,  and we had a very enjoyable experience. I loved the feel of the place, it has an extremely nice ambiance. It is a fine dining restaurant but not overly fancy or pricey, we felt very comfortable there, but still felt like we were in a nice place. The hostess was very welcoming and the waiter was extremely friendly and attentive. Fantastic service!

 

 

 

 

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We had heirloom tomato salads, scallops, lobster and pasta. The fresh fish was mouthwatering and cooked to perfection. These flavorful dishes looked beautiful, and the presentations were enhanced by attractiveMicroGreens from Fresh Origins Farm. James is not only a very talented chef, but also really friendly and personable. He came out of the kitchen to talk to us and other customers to make sure we were enjoying our experience there. He definitely cares about his diners and the food that he serves. We were also very fortunate that he let us have a  small food photoshoot, since they use our products. I highly recommend this place!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Petite Stevia™, 3 Way, Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwich, Peppered Strawberries with Balsamic and Petite Stevia™, Petite Stevia™ Coconut Milkshake, Chef James Montejano

The wine is also fantastic! There are over 200 wines that have been carefully selected from distinguished wineries from around the world that find their place in Capri Blu’s wine cellar. From Spanish to Italian, from South American to Australian, there will be a perfect wine for you, that will pair fantastically with the beautiful flavorful dishes.

 

 

 

 

 

Capri Blu Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
10436 Craftsman Way – San Diego, CA 92127
4S Commons Town Center
858.673.5100 f: 858.673.5119

www.capri-blu.com

OPEN DAILY
LUNCH Mon-Sat 11am-2:30pm
DINNER Sun-Wed 5pm-9pm
Thur-Sat 5pm-11pm
BRUNCH Sat, Sun 10:30am-2:30pm

 

 

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

By | Edible Flowers, Events, Herb & Flower Crystals™, MicroGreens, PetiteGreens | 779 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian style Herbs & Greens

By | MicroGreens, PetiteGreens | 1,183 Comments

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

What would you do with our Asian products??

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