Micro Shiso Mix
Inventory, 4 oz : 4.00
This item was last sold on : 05/24/22
Micro Shiso Mix is a blend of red and green shiso, with each microgreen bearing 1 to 2 small leaves connected to a slender stem, averaging less than 2 to 3 centimeters in length. The oval leaves are broad, flat, and lightly fuzzy with curved, smooth to lightly serrated edges. The leaves also vary in color from dark green to green, tinged with a deep red, burgundy hue. Micro Shiso Mix has a soft, crisp, succulent, and tender consistency. Within the mix, the aromatic combination of red and green shiso combines to create an earthy, herbal, and sweet flavor with delicate notes of basil, cinnamon, fennel, mint, clove, and anise.
Micro Shiso Mix is available year-round.
Micro Shiso Mix is an assortment of young, edible seedlings that are a part of a premium line of microgreens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. The herbaceous blend is a modern twist on the classic Asian green and combines the sweet and warm, spice-forward flavors of red and green shiso in a unique, easy-to-use mix. Fresh Origins has developed over thirty curated microgreen mixes to provide quality accents for chefs year-round, and Micro Shiso Mix can be used in sweet and savory preparations to create balanced fresh flavor profiles. Microgreens are generally harvested 1 to 2 weeks after sowing, and chefs use the herbs to build complexity within dishes. Micro Shiso Mix also adds visual depth with its multi-colored, expressive appearance and can be individually placed on small plates or sprinkled across larger preparations for greater impact.
Micro Shiso Mix is a source of vitamins A and C to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, and boost collagen production. The greens also contain some calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin K, and phosphorus. 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 Shiso Mix is best used fresh as an edible garnish to add flavor and a crisp texture to dishes. The delicate, tiny greens cannot withstand high heat and should be added at the end of the cooking process to prevent wilting. The flavor of Micro Shiso Mix is well-suited for Asian cuisine and can be floated on top of soups, sprinkled over noodle dishes, vegetables, salads, and stir-fries, or used to accent seafood. The microgreens can also be used as a garnish on bento boxes, green onion pancakes, sushi, and sashimi. Beyond Asian cuisine, Micro Shiso Mix offers a tender texture and subtle flavor that can be incorporated as a topping over tacos, crab cakes, fried fish, and layered into burgers. The microgreens can also be used as a substitute for basil in Italian cuisine and are sprinkled over pasta, risotto, and roasted meats. Micro Shiso Mix pairs well with aromatics such as lemongrass, garlic, ginger, onion, and chile peppers, meats such as poultry, pork, and beef, seafood, fruits such as apples, plums, melons, and pears, herbs such as cilantro, mint, and basil, mushrooms, cabbage, green tea, sesame, and soy sauce. Micro Shiso Mix will generally keep 5 to 7 days stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Shiso is part of the Lamiaceae or mint family and is native to Eastern Asia, cultivated since ancient times. The fragrant leaves were introduced to Japan between the 8th and 9th centuries, where they became a staple flavoring for sushi and other seafood. Shiso was also introduced to the Western world in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the early 21st century that the mint relative became widely accepted among western chefs. In the modern-day, shiso has become especially popular for its unique, herbal taste and is a trending ingredient in mixology and desserts. Pastry chefs across America incorporate the aromatic leaves as flavoring into ice cream, jellies, and fruit-based desserts. The leaves are also being dried and ground into sugar, utilized as a sweet topping, or mixed and baked into macarons for a fresh, savory flavor. In addition to mature shiso leaves, microgreens such as the Micro Shiso Mix are used as a modern version of the Japanese herb as an edible garnish to further accent sweet desserts with savory flavors. In Los Angeles, Chef Adrian Vasquez once incorporated micro shiso as an edible garnish on his dessert comprised of kalamansi gelee, white chocolate-coconut-soy milk soup, tapioca, and litchi-shiso sorbet. This dessert quickly became one of the most requested dishes at the well-known Providence restaurant in the early 2000s.
Micro Shiso Mix 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 Shiso Mix can be found through select distribution partners of Fresh Origins across the United States, including Specialty Produce, and is also found through partners in Canada.
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