Refill your Kit with a Bunch of Awesome Seeds!
Micro-Greens are really just sprouts which grow vertically. Micro-Greens grow in a moisture retaining medium. To harvest them you cut them just above the pad on which they've grown. They are the tiniest of plants - hence their name.
Almost any tiny seed will grow in this way given the opportunity, but this is the absolute perfect way to grow seeds which can not grow in a traditional sprouter - like Arugula, Cress, Chia, Flax and other mucilaginous seeds.
Every seed in this Refill, except Broccoli is supplied to us by farmers who are Certified Organic
1/4 Pound each....
Perhaps the tastiest green food on Earth! Well, it's one of our favorites anyway =:-) Arugula is a mucilaginous Brassica seed which produces a mild peppery flavored plant which is among the most gourmet of all salad greens. Arugula is also very high in antioxidant content (according to the University of Canada, SK). The secret ingredient in our French Garden Mix, Arugula was not available as an organic crop back in 1994. Working for years with our dear farmer friends Mark + Ila we have established it as a standard certified organic crop which has been added by many a wise sprout grower to their ingredient list. Arugula along with Cress (which has exactly the same organic history), Onion and Garlic Chive are without a doubt the most essential flavor additions to any sprout kitchen, but to us Arugula is the most essential and unique! You simply must try the Arugula Micro-Greens!!!!
The famous ultra-healthy sprouting Brassica is a great Micro-Green as well. This is here as a tribute to Owen Murphy who is responsible for the Miniature Garden Sprouter being in our inventory. This is his favorite Micro-Green and hey - its one tasty tiny plant!!! You're the (sprout)man Owen! Famous for it's antioxidant content; Broccoli sprouts contain something like 50 times the sulfurophane found in mature broccoli, by weight. Broccoli Greens haven't been researched to the best of our knowledge, so we can't be sure of nutritional specifics - but they are wonderfully tender and tasty - especially if you like broccoli.
We've grown thousands of pounds of Broccoli Sprouts since 1997. We have purchased our Broccoli seed from the same farmer since 1998. Their seed always produces large flavorful sprouts. Given the almost complete lack of available seed, we feel very fortunate to have it! BUT - it is NON-Organic. We hope to offer certified organic seed someday, but for now this is truly the best there is in flavor, yield and germination.
We Sproutpeople are pretty Green people. We got certified organic in 1993. We've purchased seed from organic farmers for over 15 years - in some cases demanding they raise their prices (we NEED them to be successful if we are to be able to buy from them in the future). We have grown our own organic garden (we even moved back-to-the-land in search of self-sufficiency), and have raised some our own seed over the years. We have long eaten a mostly organic diet. We stock 90 seeds these days - all but 2 are from sources that are certified organic. Broccoli is one. If there was organic Broccoli seed available that grew sprouts even close to the quality and flavor of the sprouts produced by our seed, we would have it. The reality is that since 90 percent of the world's Broccoli seed comes from a very small area (in the southwestern US), where there are seemingly no organic farmers, there just isn't any organic seed that compares. Our farmer assures us that there is very little chemical input used in Broccoli seed production, and there is none at all close to harvest time. We feel good enough about this seed to eat its sprouts ourselves. We have fed these sprouts to our dogs since they were pups, and our children since they were infants. Enough said. Variety:Green Sprouting Calabrese
Our favorite straight leafy sprout makes a wonderful tiny green plant too! Clover is the mildest flavored seed in this group, and growing it - if you are also someone who grows sprouts - will teach you a lot about the differences between sprouts and Micro-Greens. Type: Red Clover
A pretty Spicy mucilaginous Brassica which, though little known here, is very popular & common in Europe. An impressive flavor which makes an impressive and aesthetic addition to any salad or sandwich - most especially a finger sandwich at tea time. Variety: Curly Cress (aka Pepper Grass)
Another Brassica with lots of flavor - this one tastes a lot like horseradish - mmmmmmmm!!! This is one of very few NON-mucilaginous Mustards. Type: Oriental Yellow Mustard
The biggest seed of the bunch, Radish is also a Brassica which produces an extremely flavorful plant though it should be noted that the Micro-Green version is a bit milder than the Sprout. Radish Micro-Greens are a beautiful addition to salads, sandwiches, or as a garnish for any gourmet plate. We provided Radish sprouts, and later these Micro-Greens to a world class French restaurant (L'etoile) in Madison, Wisconsin. The Owner and Head Chef, Odessa Piper (voted best chef in the Mid-West in 2001) used them as a garnish, circling some of her already awesomely beautiful plates. Variety: Daikon