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Urban farming Microgreens in the heart of Newport, let’s have a look at what we grow

Brocolli Calebrese

Have you ever heard of Sulforaphane? It’s one of the strongest natural cancer-fighting compounds known to man. A 1997 study confirmed that broccoli microgreens can contain close to 100 times the amount of sulforaphane than the full grown plant! Yes… 100x! Sulforaphane actually targets cancer cells while protecting healthy cells and increases the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs so a lower dose can be used. You see, this is one powerful microgreen!

Not only does it protect against and help treat cancer, but it also has a positive effect on regulating blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes patients. And another study proved that it reduced oxidative stress levels in the upper airways of humans during intense exercise. Now that’s one SUPERFOOD!

Taste

A deliciously mild, fresh broccoli flavor.

Nutritional Content

High in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, B6, B9, and Vitamin E. A great source of Potassium, Manganese, and Iron. Scientific studies have shown that this combination of vitamins and minerals may have major health benefits if consumed daily.

Health Benefits

  • Helps Blood Sugar Regulation in Type 2 Diabetics
  • Helps Kidney Function
  • Regulates Blood Pressure
  • Helps Detoxify Blood
  • Slows Down Osteoporosis
  • Helps Arthritis
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Reduces PMS Symptoms
  • Prevents Ulcers
  • Prevents Premature Aging
  • Aids Digestion
  • Promotes Heart Health
  • Improves Brain Performance

China Rose Radish

Ahhhh… the China Rose Radish microgreen. Just looking at its beauty makes our heart pound. Look at how amazing the pink stems pop with brilliance. If you think they look great, you should give them a taste. Outstanding spicy kick that’s a great addition to a salad or on top of a sandwich. If you like to eat radishes in your salads, you’ll fall in love with our China Rose Radish Microgreens!

Taste

Nice crisp spicy flavor.

Nutritional Content

Radish Microgreens are known for their super high level of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant which helps remove free radicals that can damage cell structure. They are also high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. You’ll also find the following minerals in these microgreens: Folate, Potassium. Magnesium, Calcium, and Iron. Scientific studies have shown that this combination of vitamins and minerals may have major health benefits if consumed daily.

Health Benefits

  • Removes Body Toxins
  • Blood Sugar Regulation (Great for Diabetics)
  • Regulates Blood Pressure
  • Promote Cardiovascular Health
  • Anti-bacterial and Anti-viral
  • Clears facial acne
  • Strong Antioxidant Factors
  • Aids Digestion
  • Supports Kidney Function
  • Nasal Decongestant
  • Helps Breakdown Fats
  • Helps Weight Loss

Pea Micros

The Green Pea Tendril microgreens we offer have a slightly sweeter flavor without the long tendrils. Other than that, they offer the same nutritional punch you’ve come to expect from microgreens. You can make this a base of any salad, use it as a garnish or just snack on them all day.

Taste

Slightly sweet, substantial crunchy shoots.  

Nutritional Content

High in vitamin K, vitamin B1, B2, and B6. A great source of Copper, Phosphorous, Folate, Manganese, Zinc, Folate, Niacin, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium and Choline. Scientific studies have shown that this combination of vitamins and minerals have major health benefits if consumed daily.

Health Benefits

  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Weight Management
  • Blood Sugar Regulation (Great for Diabetics)
  • Heart Disease Prevention
  • Reduces Bad Cholesterol
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • Increases Energy
  • Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s

Wasabina Mustard

Do you like mustard on your sandwiches? If so, these Microgreens are for you! They are really spicy like wasabi. We also consider it close to wasabi in terms of spiciness. As a matter of fact, we’ve tried these mustard microgreens with our sushi instead of the traditional green ball of wasabi you usually get at a sushi place. Let me tell you, these microgreens blow away the wasabi in flavor. It has a deeper flavor profile than just plain old wasabi. The bottom line is, throw away your mustard bottle and use mustard microgreens on your sandwich or sushi instead!

Taste

Spicy mustard flavor. Similar to Wasabi.

Nutritional Content

High in Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These microgreens are a great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Copper, Phosphorous, Folate, Manganese, Zinc, Folate, Niacin, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium and Calcium. Scientific studies have shown that this combination of vitamins and minerals may have major health benefits if consumed daily.

Health Benefits

  • Protects Against Heart Disease
  • Helps Prevent Diabetes
  • Protects Your Body From Free Radicals
  • Great Source of Fiber
  • Helps Cleanse Digestive Tract
  • Lower High Cholesterol Levels
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Detoxifies Your Liver and Blood
  • Slows Aging Process of the Brain
  • Increases Immune System
  • Promotes Skin and Eye Health

Red Cabbage Micros

Amazing Health Benefits of Red Cabbage Microgreens

Red cabbage is a plant rich in nutrients that can protect your immune system and help to prevent several diseases. Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and key vitamins, the dietary benefits of red cabbage have been widely studied. While it’s not uncommon to find red cabbage in the average contemporary diet, the fresh microgreens from this plant are more nutrient dense and can provide even greater health benefits.

From reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease to preventing the growth of cancer cells, the benefits of red cabbage microgreens are both surprising and exciting.

Many ‘superfoods’ fail to live up to the claims, with little scientific research to back their efficacy. Red cabbage microgreens are different. Here are some of the most compelling health benefits that you can gain from incorporating red cabbage microgreens into your diet.

Vitamin C Immunity Boost from Red Cabbage Microgreens

Research has proven that microgreens are up to 40 times more nutrient dense than their mature counterparts [1]. This can allow you to receive a huge nutritional boost when juicing or incorporating red cabbage microgreens into fresh salads and other raw-food recipes.

Highly concentrated Vitamin C in red cabbage microgreens helps to boost the immune system and protect you from common illnesses like cold and flu. People with high Vitamin C levels are also less at risk of developing eye disease and cardiovascular disease.

Your body also uses Vitamin C to produce collagen, which is an essential component of tissues in the body. Bone, joint, and overall skin health are improved with a regular source of Vitamin C.

Glucosinolates Found in Red Cabbage are Cancer Preventive

Sulfur-based chemicals like Glucosinolates are broken down when red cabbage microgreens are chopped, crushed, chewed, and digested. Byproducts like nitriles, isothiocyanates, and indoles are activated, and there is mounting evidence to show that these compounds can prevent or even help to treat cancer.

Isothiocyanates can prevent the development of cancer by inhibiting carcinogens that are introduced into the body through tobacco smoke or air pollution. Isothiocyanates are so powerful that they are now being developed for use in lung cancer pharmaceuticals [2, 3].

Because cruciferous vegetables like red cabbage microgreens can protect against DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and promote unhealthy cell death, they are considered to be amongst the most powerful natural cancer-fighting agents known today.

Vitamin U Found in Red Cabbage Microgreens Promotes Gastrointestinal Health

While not technically a vitamin, the chemical compound known as Vitamin U is abundant in red cabbage microgreens and can help to protect your stomach and promote gastrointestinal health.

The benefits of Vitamin U were first discovered in the 1950s when cabbage juice was found to help treat ulcers and protect the stomach lining in patients. In controlled trials, fresh cabbage juice containing Vitamin U was found to reduce peptic ulcer healing time to 10 days. The average healing time for patients treated by conventional means was as high as 37 days [4].

Gastric ulcer improvements were similar, with fresh cabbage juice reducing healing times to 7 days, from an average of 42 days. This leads us to believe that if you consume red cabbage microgreens, which are up to 40x more potent than the adult plant, you can see the same positive effects as the cabbage juice identified in the study.

Red Cabbage Microgreens Could Prevent Neurodegenerative Diseases like Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease and is the leading cause of dementia in aged persons. While Alzheimer’s is often associated with genetic and lifestyle factors that can damage the brain over time, it is now understood that diet could help to prevent it from developing.

Elevated amyloid plaques in nervous system tissues are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratory testing has proven that red cabbage microgreen extracts can reduce amyloid plaque concentration by a significant amount, sometimes from 100% to just 9.6% in a controlled environment [5]. While further study is needed to fully understand the relationship between microgreens and Alzheimer’s, introducing red cabbage sprouts into your diet today could significantly reduce your risk of neurodegenerative conditions later in life.

Anthocyanins in Red Cabbage Provide Several Key Health Benefits

Red cabbage and other dark foods like blueberry, cocoa, and pomegranate are rich sources of anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins do more than just color foods. They can inhibit the formation and growth of cancer tumors, limit oxidative stress in the body, and fight carcinogens that are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by other means [6].

Oxidative stress has been linked to a plethora of diseases, ranging from Parkinson’s to Asthma, and Diabetes to Hypertension. A diet rich in anthocyanins could drastically limit the risk of developing cancer and other diseases.

You Could Maintain a Healthy Weight Range with the Help of Red Cabbage Microgreens

Early testing has revealed that red cabbage microgreens could help to reduce weight gain and keep cholesterol at healthy levels [7]. The microgreens not only limit weight gain, but they also provide an antioxidant boost that can lower triglycerides in the liver.

Weight gain is a widespread problem in the developed world. Stress, low-quality nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles are leading to what is often labeled as an obesity epidemic. Although research is in the early stages, it is highly probable that daily or regular consumption of red cabbage microgreens could significantly improve health by controlling weight and cholesterol. By extension, microgreens will also improve heart health and limit the risk of diabetes, inflammation, and other common health problems.

A Simple Choice for a Healthier Future

Red cabbage microgreens meet all the criteria for what is traditionally considered to be a superfood. The difference, in this case, is that there is extensive scientific evidence to back up the claims.

From protection against disease to managing weight and cholesterol, there’s perhaps no other food as simple and effective. If you choose to live a healthier lifestyle with natural unprocessed foods, then red cabbage microgreens simply make sense.

Incorporating red cabbage microgreens into your diet could provide all the listed benefits, and our understanding of new health benefits is only likely to increase as more research is conducted in the coming years.

References:

  1. Tiny Microgreens Packed with Nutrients. https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120831/tiny-microgreens-packed-nutrients#1
  2. Inhibition of carcinogenesis by isothiocyanates. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11139137
  3. Cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12094621
  4. Rapid Healing of Peptic Ulcers in Patients Receiving Fresh Cabbage Juice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1643665/
  5. Potential Properties of Plant Sprout Extracts on Amyloid β. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4939385/
  6. Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082894/
  7. Red cabbage microgreens lower ‘bad’ cholesterol in animal study. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2016/acs-presspac-december-14-2016/microgreens-could-lower-bad-cholesterol.html.html

Sunflower Micros

These mighty microgreens pack a nutty flavorful crunch. Their thick stems and robust leaves make this microgreen a perfect salad base. Add some Arugula or Radish to really spice things up! Our favorite is to top sunflower microgreens with the Basic Salad Mix we offer. Throw some blueberries or raspberries on top for a little sweetness. Don’t forget the Extra Virgin Olive Oil! You’re looking at one nutrient-packed salad that’s loaded with flavor!

Taste

Strong Nutty Flavor. Thick Stems.  

Nutritional Content

Sunflower microgreens contain the 8 essential amino acids. They’re also high in all of the important B Vitamins which include, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, and B15! These superfood microgreens contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin F, Vitamin H, Vitamin K, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol, PABA, Calcium, Cobalt, Iodine, Iron Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Sulphur, and Zinc. Scientific studies have shown that this combination of vitamins and minerals have major health benefits if consumed daily.

Health Benefits

  • Helps Depression
  • Boosts Fertility
  • High in Folic Acid (Great for Pregnant Women)
  • Helps Blood Circulation
  • Clears Lungs and Helps Fight Against Respiratory Infections
  • Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
  • Supports Healthy Thyroid Function
  • Helps Combat Bone Loss and Osteoporosis
  • Improves Skin Health

Wheat Grass

Triticum Aestivum, more commonly known as Wheatgrass, is a natural product and is cultivated by ourselves in Newport. Its taste has been likened to that of liquorice and sugar snap peas and has even been described as having a citrus and floral flavour, similar to parsley. Wheatgrass has been cultivated for over 5000 years and is famous for its rejuvenating and alkalising properties. Wheatgrass juice is very effective in promoting a smooth digestion process as it is high in fibre. Wheatgrass juice re-establishes and maintains the fine balance of bacteria levels in the digestion system which is crucial in sustaining the ideal environment for the good bacteria to develop and thrive, thus making it harder for the harmful bacteria to survive.

Coriander Microgreens

Coriander Microgreens, often referred to as Chinese Parsley nis quite different than the full grown variety. The Coriander microgreen that we grow is grown from only certified micro greens seeds, and is Grown in a completely sterile, natural environment. The greens are grown to between 1″- 2 1/2″ and are completely edible all the way down to the roots. The leaves of coriander microgreen are elongated compared to that of the full-size plant.

Coriander has long been known as the primary herb in Chinese cooking, however in recent years it has become a star on the tables of North American and European restaurants.

  • Elongated green leaves, bright green stems
  • Fully edible leaves, stem and root
  • 1″ – 2 1/2″

The coriander microgreen has a sweet, bright aroma and is quite bold. In contrast to full-size coriander, micro coriander is slightly peppery and has a little bit of grassiness. It also smells much different than mature coriander, and doesn’t have the musty smell that many people dislike.

  • Clean, Bold Coriander taste
  • Sweet, bright aroma
  • No musty smell
  • Stronger flavour than mature coriander
NutrientPer 100g%RDA
Vitamin C (mg)27 40%
Vitamin A (µg)337 37%
Folic Acid (µg)0
Calories230.01%
Protein (g)2.130.4%
Carbohydrates, by difference3.67
of which sugars (g)0.87
Fat (g)0.330.05%
of which saturates (g)0.010.005%
Fibre (g)2.8
Sodium (mg)461.9%

Micro Coriander is for people who like bold Coriander flavour and who want a slight punch in their dish. It is especially good in Salads, Fish, and Curry dishes.

We recommend using Coriander Microgreens in/on:

  • Fish Dishes
  • Curries
  • Chutneys
  • Salsas
  • Salads
  • Soups