Micro Upland Cress
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This item was last sold on : 09/21/23
Micro Cress Upland is a small, delicate green, averaging 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter, and is comprised of oval to heart-shaped leaves attached to a slender stem. The bright green leaves are smooth, broad, and flat with uniform, curved edges. The leaves are also connected to a sturdy but flexible green stem, contributing to the green’s crisp, succulent, and tender consistency. Micro Cress Upland has an immediate sharp, piquant, and peppery flavor, similar to the pungent notes found in horseradish, followed by a clean, vegetal aftertaste.
Micro Cress Upland is available year-round.
Micro Cress Upland consists of young, edible seedlings that are a part of a line of specialty microgreens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. The delicate, crisp greens are an elevated version of the popular mature herb upland cress, belonging to the Brassicaceae or mustard family. Micro Cress Upland is similar in flavor to Micro Cress Water, but Micro Cress Upland contains a slightly more robust, peppery flavor. Micro Cress Upland is grown by Fresh Origins Farm and was created in microgreen form to provide chefs with a unique, edible garnish containing a piquant flavor. The greens are generally harvested 1 to 2 weeks after sowing and are used as an accent in savory dishes, especially seafood. Micro Cress Upland can be sprinkled across preparations for substantial visual impact, or individual leaves can be strategically placed on a dish to evoke a more delicate, artistic nature.
Micro Cress Upland is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that reduce inflammation, protect the body against environmental aggressors, and boosts the immune system. The greens also contain calcium to strengthen bones and teeth and provide smaller amounts of vitamin K, potassium, folate, iron, and vitamin E. It is important to note that the vitamins and minerals are found primarily within the leaves and not in the stems of the microgreens. Growing conditions also significantly impact the nutritional content, and Fresh Origins cultivates their microgreens in a natural setting, an ideal climate for healthy, optimal greens.
Micro Cress Upland is best suited as an edible garnish for savory preparations, and the tender, crisp greens are showcased when consumed fresh, added at the end of applications to avoid wilting. The peppery microgreens can be incorporated sparingly into salads, used as a topping over avocado toast, or mixed into dips, spreads, and herb butter. Micro Cress Upland can also be layered into sandwiches for a sharp bite, sprinkled over grilled vegetables, used as a topping over tacos, or mixed into egg dishes such as egg salad, omelets, and quiches. The subtly spicy, peppery notes of Micro Cress Upland complement a wide variety of dishes in Asian cuisine, and the leaves combine well with other greens such as mustard and mizuna. Micro Cress Upland can also be floated on top of soups, served over roasted meats, or used as an edible garnish for seafood. Micro Cress Upland pairs well with meats such as pork, turkey, poultry, sausage, ham, and fish, mayonnaise, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, apples, pears, avocados, mushrooms, radishes, and cucumbers. Micro Cress Upland will generally keep 5 to 7 days stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Micro Cress Upland is the young version of upland cress, a beloved and widely used green in the Southern United States. Throughout history, the pungent herb was one of the first edible greens to emerge through the snow in the Appalachian Mountains, providing families with a fresh reprieve from dried, canned, and preserved winter foods. In the modern-day, upland cress is grown commercially, but the greens are still found wild in many home gardens in the South, with some gardeners commenting that the plant grows as hardy and efficiently as a weed. Upland cress is affectionately known as creasy greens, or simply creasies, in the Southern United States and are utilized in both fresh and cooked applications. The greens can be used at any stage of maturity, favored for their peppery flavor, and Micro Cress Upland provides spicy notes in dishes in a compact, aesthetically pleasing size. Micro Cress Upland is used by Southern chefs as a modern, fresh take on the classic green, and the microgreens are used to add texture, flavor, and color to culinary dishes.
Micro Cress Upland was developed at Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California, the leading American producer of naturally grown microgreens since the mid-1990s. Fresh Origins has been using the mild, Southern California climate year-round to produce robust, healthy, and flavorful microgreens for over twenty years, and the farm closely partners with chefs to create innovative varieties with unique flavorings. Fresh Origins also has the highest level third-party-audited food safety program and is a certified member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, which follows science-based food safety practices to promote transparency and honesty in production. Today Micro Cress Upland can be found through select distribution partners of Fresh Origins across the United States, including Specialty Produce, and are also found through partners in Canada.
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