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Are You Eating Flowers?

ARE YOU EATING FLOWERS?

We all agree that flowers are important for insects, birds, animals, and humans. As a matter of fact, adding flowers to our lives increase our positive energy and reduces our stress level.

 It is incredible how many flowers or parts of flowers are edible, and most edible flowers are easy to grow. Our general knowledge about edible flowers comes from old herbals when food also had a medicinal purpose. For instance, eating flowers was commonplace in medieval times.

 In addition to looking good, smelling great, and being delicious, most edible flowers are rich in Vitamin C. Edible flowers can provide calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, niacin, and riboflavin for their valuable nutrient content.

 Of course, some varieties of edible flowers are more palatable than others, but there are so many choices available that you are sure to find some of the ones that appeal to your palate.

 Dill, mustard, chives and fennel, roses, borages, pansies, hibiscus, geraniums, cupids darts, marigolds, calendulas, and tulips are probably more common and familiar to you. Chances are that you already tasted edible flower leaves and petals in your salad. How about doing it the other way around and stuffing edible flowers like tulips, magnolia, or yucca flowers with your salad?

 Go ahead and try stir-fried daylilies, sage flowers tempura, lavender ice cream, stuffed zucchini blossoms, rose butter, magnolia syrup, candied flowers and delicious edible flowers teas for a more adventurous experience with edible flowers.

 Keep in mind that, just like mushrooms, not every flower is edible. That is why it is important to do sufficient research to ensure your safety and avoid flowers that may have been treated with fungicide, herbicide, or insecticide.

 Edible flowers are an easy way to add colour and flavour to your favourite dishes, so why not make them an essential and permanent part of our cuisine.

Published in July issue of Cowichan Valley Voice magazine.

2021-10-31T20:00:25-07:00October 31st, 2021|0 Comments

Microgreen, Mushroom, and Cheese Omelette Recipe

Easy recipe: 20 minutes for preparation – 5 minutes for cooking. Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 450g sliced mushrooms (any assortment)
  • 125g of your favourite cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 25 grams of microgreens
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mushroom preparation

  • Slice 450g of mushrooms.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the mushroom and cook until all liquid evaporates.
  • Add 1 garlic clove minced
  • Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste

Omelette preparation

  • Crack 4 large eggs in a bowl
  • Beat the eggs with a fork.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and swirl in the pan.
  • Pour the beaten eggs into the pan.
  • Quickly swirl and shake the eggs to cover the bottom for about 30 seconds 
  • Once the eggs firm up on the bottom lift the edges of the omelet up to let the uncooked eggs run underneath the omelet.
  • Sprinkle the sautéed mushrooms and 125g of your favourite cheese on half of the eggs.
  • Let cook for an additional 30 seconds
  • Add 25 grams of microgreens on the eggs and flip the omelette in half.
  • Slide into a plate.
  • Garnish with toasted baguettes, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
2021-03-24T22:24:05-07:00March 24th, 2021|0 Comments

It’s Seeding Time!

Seeding

Prepare for the miracle of germination! We spread the seeds by specific weight for each kind of plant and tray type. Some are getting soaked for a few hours, and others are good for seeding right away. The success of seeding resides in uniformity spread, which avoids overcrowding or sparsely grown crops.

2020-06-09T20:44:05-07:00June 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Our CSA Membership Program

Try one of our CSA Membership Plans to get freshly cut microgreens delivered to your door.

A&S Microgreens membership programs are an opportunity to eat local fresh produce year-round. By joining the CSA Monthly Plan, you will receive 180 grams of Mighty Microgreens of your choice once, twice or four times a month corresponding to your chosen plan. Instead of the 180 grams cut microgreens, you can opt for six live microgreen plants potted in 4″x6″ trays. Substitutions with Specialty Microgreens and/or Microgreens Shoots are within the same value as the Mighty Microgreens.

2020-06-05T18:52:24-07:00June 5th, 2020|0 Comments

That’s Where The Magic Starts!

Our Grow Medium Station

That’s where the magic starts! We prepare our custom grow medium from a secret recipe mixing organic soils, coco coir and volcanic rock. A powerful soil mixer makes the grow medium consistent in every, and all produced batches. It is all about getting the best results all the time, over and over again.

2020-05-16T20:14:40-07:00May 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Buy Local, Buy Direct From The Farm!

BUY LOCAL, BUY DIRECT FROM THE FARM!

We are proud that our Micro Vertical Farm “A&S MICROGREENS” is included in the “Island Farm Fresh – Your Guide to Local Farmers on Vancouver Island,” 2020 issue.

Together with all other hard-working local farmers, we strive to provide a healthy and sustainable food alternative.

The guide is brought to you by the “Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association” and encourage buying local and direct from the source.

2020-05-14T18:19:39-07:00May 14th, 2020|0 Comments

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