Expand Your Culinary Experience with Organic Micro Greens

By on February 2, 2017

Hibiscus sugar flowers

You may be aware that organic micro greens are a type of specialty produce. While they have been available for 20-to-30 years, more people are now learning about their uses and appreciating their delicious and aesthetic value.

Some vegetables are edible flowers, and there are roughly 100 varieties of edible garden flowers. In addition to adding microgreens to salads, some edible flowers, such as hibiscus, can be used to make tea. Rose, viola, and lavender petals, for example, can all be crystallized, or sugared, to decorate cupcakes and other confections, such as wedding cakes.

When purchasing organic micro greens, it’s important to know that there is a quality and marketability rating system that applies to them as with other types of quality organic produce. These ratings range from one, which is poor, to five, which is excellent.

When micro greens are rated at three and above, they are considered to be marketable. However, when they are rated below three, they are not considered to be marketable.

After you purchase micro greens, it’s important to store them properly. An optimal temperature would be 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit or four degrees Celsius.

There are so many uses for microgreens, such as adding them to soups and wraps as well as noodle and vegetable dishes. You may also find yourself becoming interested in learning about the art of crystallized flowers so that you are able to include them with your dessert course.

As a result of learning more about the varieties of edible flowers, you may discover your culinary repertoire expands. When preparing and serving food, for instance, you are probably aware of the importance of plating, or how food is arranged on a plate.

A meal’s experience can actually be heightened by including different colors and food components at breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Children, for example, tend to prefer having six different colors on their plate along with seven different items of food, or food components. Adults, however, tend to prefer three colors of food and three food components.

Since growing organic micro greens is a challenging process, it’s important to purchase them from an experienced grower. Some quality markets may include organic micro greens in their produce department, however. If the specialty market where you shop doesn’t carry organic micro greens, be sure to speak to the produce manager and ask him or her to carry them.

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