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Micro Chef's Blend Mix
Inventory, 4 oz : 21.00
This item was last sold on : 01/20/21
Micro Chef’s Blend is a mixture of microgreens and edible flowers that vary in shapes, colors, textures, and flavors. The small greens consist of leaves that range in appearance from heart-shaped with curved edges, flat and oval with maroon veining, to deeply lobed with a frilled texture. The leaves vary in color from dark green, purple, to a variegated mix of deep red and green hues, and the slender stems have a succulent nature, contributing to the green’s crisp and tender consistency. The edible flowers are also small in size with yellow, red, violet, and purple hues. The flat, soft, and pliable petals are smooth and round, oval, or slender with tapered edges. Micro Chef’s Blend provides a unique combination of earthy, green, and herbal flavors mixed with bright, spicy, citrus-forward, and garden-fresh nuances.
Micro Chef's Blend is available year-round.
Micro Chef’s Blend is a mix of young, edible seedlings and flowers that are a part of a line of specialty microgreens grown by Fresh Origins Farm in San Diego, California. The colorful blend contributes quality flavors, textures, and shapes to culinary dishes and was specially curated to provide chefs with a unique, edible garnish. Microgreens are generally harvested 1 to 2 weeks after sowing and are gathered at the peak of their growth cycle to ensure optimum flavor and nutritional properties. Micro Chef’s Blend 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. This blend also combines both microgreens and flowers, which creates an unusual and aesthetically attractive mixture. Chefs use the blend to build complexity within dishes quickly, and the microgreens and edible flowers elevate the dining experience without overpowering the main elements of the dish.
Micro Chef’s Blend provides multiple vitamins and minerals due to its mixture of herbs and flowers with unique nutritional properties. The greens are a source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that strengthen the immune system, boost collagen, and reduce inflammation. The blend also contains some potassium to balance fluid levels, vitamin E to protect the body against free radical damage, lower amounts of iron, calcium, and vitamin K, and phytonutrients, which are compounds that contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Micro Chef’s Blend is best suited as an edible garnish and provides added textural, visual, and flavorful elements to a wide variety of culinary dishes. The tender, crisp greens are showcased when consumed fresh, and the mix should be added at the end of preparations to avoid wilting. Micro Chef’s Blend can be tossed into green salads, layered into sandwiches, floated on soups, curries, and stews, or topped over pizza, tacos, and roasted meats. The brightly flavored greens and flowers can also be sprinkled over seafood, avocado toast, pasta, and stir-fries, or they can be incorporated into fresh spring rolls. Micro Chef’s Blend pairs well with meats such as steak, poultry, veal, lamb, pork, and fish, potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, snow peas, radishes, edamame, cucumber, spinach, aromatics including garlic, shallots, green onions, and ginger, grains such as quinoa and rice, orzo, squash, and cheeses such a mozzarella, feta, and parmesan. Micro Chef’s Blend will generally keep 5 to 7 days stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Microgreen mixes such as Micro Chef’s Blend have increased in popularity with chefs to add fresh flavors, textures, and visual appeal to Buddha Bowls. The trending term was believed to have been coined in 2013 when Martha Stewart referenced an ancient Asian tradition of eating readily available vegetables and grains and combining the ingredients into a colorful meal. This practice can be traced back to the Buddhist custom of monks traveling through the streets holding an empty bowl, eating only the donations they receive from villagers. It was also believed that Buddha practiced this tradition, viewing the donated food with gratitude and reflecting on the kindness of what the villagers could afford to share. In the modern-day, Buddha Bowls have become a popular culinary item to photograph for social media platforms, and with the rise in takeout from restaurants, chefs are using the bowls to provide nutritious, healthy, and portable meals to consumers. Microgreens and edible flowers, such as Micro Chef’s Blend, allow chefs to garnish Buddha Bowls quickly, and this blend provides a mixture of flavors, textures, and depth to elevate the takeout dining experience.
Micro Chef’s Blend 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 Chef’s Blend 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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Recipes that include Micro Chef's Blend Mix. One is easiest, three is harder.