You don’t have to have the luck of the Irish to get your hands on the very best Microgreens around
Flavour Fields has them for you every day – but because we’re kind of obsessed with green things (go figure) we want to make sure you know we’re here for you on this day in particular.
Whether you celebrate with a full kilt and a jig, or just a little green in your outfit, we’re here for all of your Irish inspired greenery. Here’s a list of our favorite microgreens, edible leaves, and spices to liven up your St. Paddy’s Day creations.
Wasabi Cress is one of those microgreens that at first seems totally unassuming. You’ve had wasabi before, and how hot can this little leaf actually be, right? Wrong. The Wasabi Cress packs a real punch of intense wasabi flavor that’ll knock your socks off if you’re not ready for it! It starts off just a little peppery, and then that real horseradish wasabi kick starts flooding your senses. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not quite as intense as the real thing, but it’s certainly no wimpy imitation.
Use it as you would traditional wasabi – on raw fish and Asian inspired preparations. Also incredible on salads, sandwiches, soups, and summer vegetables.
Micro Shiso Green
Sticking with that Asian influence… our next suggested micro is Micro Shiso Green! This is one of our most surprisingly complex microgreens – it’s simply bursting with so many different flavors. The flavor begins with noteworthy nuances of basil and mint. As you chew the leaf, and the flavor spreads, undertones of tropical flavors begin to develop. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and other exotic fruits.
While this is certainly a perfect option for things like sushi and raw fish, it also makes a surprising accompaniment to fruits, pastries, and cocktails. Don’t be afraid to experiment – Micro Shiso Green makes it easy to do!
Our Syrha (or Green Apple) Leaves are a real thing of beauty. Florescent green and shield shaped with mottled patches of bright green and silvery luminescence. Stunning appearance aside, the flavor is really outstanding. Bright notes of sour green apple make this a perfect accompaniment to rich meats like foie gras and sweet breads, or perhaps… corned beef! But don’t get too hung up on the savory stuff, the Syrha Leaves make a beautiful pairing with Spring inspired desserts and even cocktails. Getcho green on!
Ah Nasturtium Leaves… one of our favorite green things currently growing in the greenhouse (and that says a lot!) The super-photogenic lily pad shaped leaves make them an easy go to for an Irish themed menu. The spicy hot horseradish flavor is well suited for garnishing spring vegetables and fresh ocean fish. Try pairing them with salmon and asparagus this spring. Or perhaps a soup of chicken or duck broth with herbed dumplings.
Toasted Wasabi Sesame Seeds
These seeds certainly pack a punch! They’re coated in a layer of peppery wasabi that pairs perfectly with just about any cuisine. These sesame seeds are sourced directly from our producer in Japan, and have undergone an extensive seasoning process, to render them perfectly crispy, crunchy, and delicious. An intensely flavorful sauce, different for each seed type, is used to coat the seeds. The seeds are then dried/toasted at a low temperature to fuse the sauce to the seeds. That process is repeated up to 5 times until the seeds are at an optimum level or crispy flavor packed goodness. Wasabi is harvested from the root of a Japanese horseradish in the family Brassica. The seeds are pungent and flavorful, but don’t have the lingering burn effects that accompany traditional wasabi. Use these seeds to coat a piece of tuna prior to searing, or sprinkle them over pork filled steamed dumplings.
Fermented Green Peppercorns
Our Fermented Green Peppercorns have a briny flavor and come flecked with tiny specs of salt. The fermentation process also makes it softer so this wouldn’t be a type of peppercorn that you would toss inside a grinder.