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?

screen-shot-2016-03-11-at-11-16-12-pm-3500940 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.

il_570xn-628125842_ov1j-8305367 "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! leaves-1051571 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!

screen-shot-2015-08-24-at-3-53-43-pm-8489894 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!

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...

fenugreek-leaves-8151393 "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! leaves-8911021 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.

dsc_0023e-3081829 "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! leaves-8175254 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!

chives-ready-to-harvest-day-13-5-6914391 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!