Micro Southwest Mix™
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This item was last sold on : 03/26/23
Micro Southwest Mix™ is comprised of small microgreens that range in shape from lanceolate and tapered, flat and oval, cordate and curved, to serrated and frilly. The microgreens average 5 to 7 centimeters in height and traditionally bear a soft, crisp, succulent, and tender consistency. The leaves are also smooth, pliable, and delicate, varying in color from dark green, bright green, purple-green to a deep red, burgundy hue. Within the mix, each microgreen has a distinct flavor, including notes of cilantro, onion, oregano, epazote, red amaranth, and others, but in combination, the mix provides a zesty blend of earthy, pungent, peppery, and vegetal flavors with a clean, herbal finish.
Micro Southwest Mix™ is available year-round.
Micro Southwest Mix™ is a blend of young, edible seedlings that are a part of a trademarked line of specialty microgreens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. The crisp, savory greens are an innovative, proprietary creation developed for chefs to reimagine the way Southwest flavors are traditionally used in culinary dishes. Fresh Origins produces over thirty unique microgreen mixes, and the tiny greens are available year-round for chefs to express their creativity through fresh, natural, and edible greens. Micro Southwest Mix™ captures the essence and flavor of the rugged and flavorful American southwest in a fresh, modern way. The mix incorporates microgreens with earthy, peppery, savory, and vegetal flavors to develop a dynamic combination that can be easily added as an edible garnish to any Latin, Hispanic, Tex-Mex, Sonoran, Southwestern, or Fusion dish. Chefs typically place the microgreens individually on small plates as a procured decoration, or they scatter a handful of the greens across larger preparations for added flavor, color, and textural layers.
Micro Southwest Mix™ has not been studied for its nutritional properties, but like other microgreens, the mix is a source of vitamins A and C to strengthen the immune system, vitamin K to promote faster wound healing, potassium to balance fluid levels, and calcium to protect bones and teeth. The microgreens also provide fiber to regulate the digestive tract, copper to promote healthy metabolism, magnesium to maintain optimal nerve functioning, and other amounts of zinc and iron. 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 Southwest Mix™ is best used fresh as an edible garnish to showcase the mix’s diverse flavors and delicate, vegetal crunch. The microgreens provide increased textural and visual appeal and are traditionally added at the end of cooking as a finishing element to prevent the leaves from wilting. Micro Southwest Mix™ can be sprinkled fresh over guacamole, salsa, and dips, or it can be used as a topping for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and tamales. The microgreens also complement the rich flavors found in roasted meats, rice-based dishes, and beans, or they can be sprinkled over soups, chilis, stews, and salads. Micro Southwest Mix™ pairs well with meats such as poultry, pork, and beef, pinto beans, black beans, cheeses including queso blanco, queso fresco, cheddar, and Monterey jack, aromatics such as garlic and onions, corn, squash, peppers, nopales, and potatoes. Whole, unwashed microgreens will generally keep 5 to 7 days when stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Southwestern cuisine is deeply rooted in the American Southwest and is steeped in a rich blend of Native American, Mexican, and Spanish cooking styles and influences. Many traditional Southwestern recipes are rustic, using ingredients found in the desert, and are comprised of hearty elements such as corn, squash, and beans, meat, and aromatic spices. Southwestern recipes will vary, especially between Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada, but capturing the traditional essence of the recipes, cultures, and land has remained a common thread among regional chefs. In 2015, Tuscon, Arizona, became the first city in the United States to be recognized as a “City of Gastronomy” by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization, or UNESCO. There are over 246 cities worldwide that have earned this title, recognized for their preservation and dedication to traditional farming, cooking, and sustainable ingredients. Tucson is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited regions of the American Southwest, with records of crop cultivation dating back over 4,000 years. With this title, Tucson chefs are spearheading a local resurgence in mastering traditional recipes while also allowing for creativity to elevate the dish. Micro Southwest Mix™ is used by chefs as a playful addition to hearty recipes. The microgreens add a fresh pop of flavor to plates and contribute unique flavors and textures to enhance the overall dining experience. Micro Southwest Mix™ can also be utilized as an edible garnish on iconic Southwestern dishes widely consumed in Tucson, such as the Sonoran hot dog, carne seca, tamales, and burritos.
Micro Southwest 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 Southwest Mix™ 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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