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Flexitarianism: When Meat is a Sometimes Treat

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In addition to its impact on health, meat consumption and production has been inciting some criticism. A lot of this criticism has been drawn from the fact that the production of meat has left a devastating effect on our environment.

Documentaries like Cowspiracy have shown that meat production creates pollution through the use of fossil fuel, as well as water and land consumption.

Of course, this isn't to suggest that it would be morally wrong to eat meat. A lot of the organic meat that we see in the grocery stores are from farms that practice sustainable methods.

But let's say you are toying with the idea of going vegetarian, but you really, really love steak. Well, lucky for there's an actual term for such a lifestyle.

It's called flexitarianism. And it's exactly what it sounds like—flexible vegetarianism. Continue reading “Flexitarianism: When Meat is a Sometimes Treat” »

Learn About... Sorrel

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"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!

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Never heard of sorrel? Don't worry—you aren't the only one.

It's not one of the most popular herbs in North America, but as to why that is, it's a mystery; sorrel is a wonderfully tart and succulent treat! Continue reading “Learn About... Sorrel” »

This is What You Should Do With Your Microgreens

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Chilled corn soup with pig face bacon, popcorn, and UC-grown peashoots (Image via @Jun0k)One of the best things about social media is how easy it is to share photos with one another.

With it, we've been able to see what you all do with your Urban Cultivator-grown microgreens.

Like how the microgreens inspired these incredible dishes below (this is #foodporn at its finest, folks), we at Urban Cultivator have been inspired by these photos.

Check out what our users have been doing with their UC-grown microgreens below, and be sure to like us on Instagram and tag us and #freshnewworld in your photos so we can see what mouthwatering things you come up with! Continue reading “This is What You Should Do With Your Microgreens” »

Infographic: What are Microgreens

You’ve seen these little greens—formally known as microgreens—stylishly topping your meal as garnishes or dressed in vinaigrette as a salad. But what exactly are microgreens, other than the obvious fact that they are very small in size? Here is what you need to know about microgreens

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Microgreens and Sprouts Are Not the Same Thing

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When someone says the word "microgreen," what is the first thing that you think of?

"It's the baby version of the mature vegetable, of course."

"It's a sprout."

"They're really pretty, decorative plants!"

Only one of those three response above are accurate. Continue reading “Microgreens and Sprouts Are Not the Same Thing” »

Learn About… Fenugreek

Fenugreek Leaves

"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!

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Fenugreek, or faenugraecum in Latin, which means "Greek hay" as the dried plant was used as fodder, is a plant that's part of the pea family.

Its origins reach far back into history. Stemming from the Near East as long ago as 4000 B.C., fenugreek is common in Southern Asia, popular in Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cuisine. It's an incredibly versatile plant, often used as an herb, spice, and vegetable. Continue reading “Learn About… Fenugreek” »

6 Refreshing Cocktail Recipes Featuring Herbs and Microgreens

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Summer's winding down and the weather's cooling off, but don't let that stop you. Celebrate everyone's favorite season of the year and make yourself one of these cocktails, which feature—believe it or not—herbs and microgreens.

Cheers! Continue reading “6 Refreshing Cocktail Recipes Featuring Herbs and Microgreens” »

Microgreens Infographic

You've seen these little greens-formally known as microgreens-stylishly topping your meal as garnishes or dressed in vinaigrette as a salad. But what exactly are microgreens, other than the obvious fact that they are very small in size? Continue reading “Microgreens Infographic” »

Learn About… Beet Tops

Fresh beet tops

"Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between!

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Beet tops, or bull's blood, are exactly what they sound like—they're the leafy bits at the top of your beets. People hadn't been using them in their cooking for a while, discarding them as you would the tops of carrots, but the funny thing about this is way back when, only the greens were eaten.

Now, people are once again incorporating beet tops in their cooking and at the same time eliminating the amount of waste they make when they eat beets! Continue reading “Learn About… Beet Tops” »

6 Amazing Things That You Can Grow in an Urban Cultivator

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Now that you've been introduced to our Urban Cultivator appliances, which provide the ease and convenience of growing your own fresh and nutritious microgreens, vegetables, herbs, and flowers 365 days a year, it's time to experiment a little.

Sure, you can definitely grow oregano, basil, and parsley. Those are pretty standard things to grow in our units. But did you know that you could also grow edible flowers? What about komatsuna? Do you know how to use nasturtiums?

Here are some amazing things that you can also grow in our Urban Cultivators! Continue reading “6 Amazing Things That You Can Grow in an Urban Cultivator” »

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