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Edible Flowers to Embellish Your Valentine’s Day Menu!

By | Edible Flowers | 743 Comments

Valentine’s Day is for lovers – and it’s also for restaurateurs who love seeing their reservations fully booked!

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You’ll want to make your diners’ Valentine’s Day meals truly memorable. So why not try something new this year? Garnish your plates with fresh or crystallized edible flowers! Floral additions create great visual appeal, and if you’re really clever, you can help your diners convey a nuanced message of love to their loved ones.

Edible flowers can tell a love story!

Roses are, of course, the classic flower of love. We offer both fresh and crystallized roses at Fresh Origins. They look terrific on chocolate desserts of course, but don’t stop there. You can float roses on gazpacho, dress up drinks, or use rose petals to create a bed for seafood or other classic entrees.

ImageRed roses indicate passionate, romantic love, and the deep red petals are a great contrast to many foods.

Light pink roses convey youthful passion and the joy of life.
ImageOur Crystallized Roses last for 6 months without refrigeration!
Want to convey both love and excitement? Mix red and yellow roses for contrast and another layer of meaning.

Perhaps you’ve already gone the Roses route for Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking for something new and different. Did you know pansies are also a traditional love flower? Pansies appear throughout literature and art as an expression of grace, delicacy and tenderness, as indicated by some of their alternate names: “Jump Up and Kiss Me” or “Pink of my John.”

Beautify salads, fruit plates and cocktails with colorful, Edible Pansies for whimsical and unique floral touch. Available Fresh or Crystallized in blues, yellows, reds, pinks, & purples!

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 ImageCrystallized Pansy

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Want to be even more innovative for Valentine’s Day 2013? Try accenting your cheese platters & desserts with Snapdragons, symbols of gracious womanhood. Available Fresh or Crystallized.

ImageOr go for bright & colorful amaranth blossoms: our signature Firestix™ or Sparklers™ which symbolize immortal love. These flowers add a blaze of color and incredible height to any plate.  Incredibly long lasting & durable! ImageBright majenta Sparklers™ really dress up chocolate desserts.

ImageWe’re not sure what the meaning of our micro star flowers is, but they sure are a glamorous finishing touch to desserts, such as macaroons. Hues of pinks & reds make them to perfect addition for this holiday!

Flower Crystals™ for sweetness, texture & color

Here’s one more idea to liven up your Valentine’s Day plates: Flower Crystals™ Rose. ImageOur signature Herb & Flower Crystals are sweet and powerfully flavored. You can use them to kick up the flavor profile of your desserts and appetizers, while adding an exciting crunch, and a splash of color. Sprinkle them on oysters or other aphrodisiacs like chocolate!

These are just a few ideas for adding visual interest and complex flavor to your Valentine’s Day menu. Have any ideas you’d like to share? Tell us about them in the comments below! If you send us a photo to: Kelly@freshorigins.com, we’ll post your idea on our Facebook page!

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Crystallized Flowers!!

By | Edible Flowers | 1,003 Comments

What’s New on the Farm:

Crystallized Flowers!
Pansy, Rose, Rose Petals,
Snapdragon, &Viola

Fresh Origins has a sweet new
product line! We are sugar coating our
own edible flowers to create incredible sweet garnishes. The glistening sugar
crystals are an exciting and exquisite additionto any desert. Even main entrees are transformed
into brilliant works of art. The sugar coating preserves the natural beauty of the flowers for as long as you need.

Edible Flowers: From Start to Finish!

By | Edible Flowers | 1,605 Comments

Today’s top restaurants are finding ways to incorporate edible flowers in many aspects of their menus.  At many luxurious establishments, you may see an edible flower garnishing your pre-dinner drink.  The appetizer or salad may be sprinkled with vibrant, tasty, edible flowers and your main course can contain at least one, if not a blend of edible flowers to enhance the flavor and visual appeal of the dish.  For dessert you will find that many pastries and sorbets contain edible flowers either as an ingredient, or as a garnish.

At Fresh Origins, we offer only the finest edible flowers with the understanding that, when it comes to fine cuisine, beauty without taste means nothing.  Our edible flowers are not only brilliant in color and texture, but also in flavor.  We take great pride in harvesting our edible flowers at the height of quality.  Our shipping methods ensure that the edible flowers will arrive at your restaurant fresh and presentable. Upon arrival, you can use the edible flowers however you desire, with the assurance that their flavor and appearance will not compromise your dish.

For more information on how you can feature edible flowers from Fresh Origins at your fine restaurant, please contact us.

Asian Themed MicroGreens

By | Edible Flowers, MicroGreens, Recipes | 1,019 Comments

Many micro greens and greens are Asian in origin and can be used to give an Asian flair to many types of dishes. These Asian themed specialty products can also blend in well with American dishes, providing new and exciting flavors.

With more than 350 productsFresh Origins has all of the Asian micro greens you will need to add zest to your dishes.

Here is just a few that are available. There is Micro Chinese Cabbage, which can be used to spice up lettuce and spinach salads; and Micro Thai Basil which has an unusual licorice flavor that also blends well with Asian or fusion cuisine. 

Pictured: Petite Asian Mix

Micro Red Shiso has dark red, uniquely flavored leaves, and is a great topping for sushi rolls and nigiri.

Micro Tatsoi, first cultivated in Japan, is popular for use in both European and Asian foods. It is dark green in color and a member of the broccoli family. It goes well with salads and sandwiches. It has a taste that echoes that of mustard greens.

Another Asian microgreen is the Daikon Radish, which comes in purple or green. The word Daikon means “large root” in Japanese, and the vegetable has a crisp texture and a spicy flavor and can really perk up salads or side dishes.

Mitsuba, Japanese parsley is another microgreen that is a common in Asian dishes. It has an earthy parsley-like flavor and can make a great addition to salads, and stir fry. Nice for floating on miso soup!

Micro Cilantro is a common element in Thai cooking and can be used in salads, chutneys and salsas. It has a very fresh and strong flavor for such a small herb!

Here’s a recipe using our Asian microgreens!

Kobe Beef and Prawn Udon Soup

with Micro Asian Mix

Ingredients:

Fresh Origins Micro Asian Mix

½ lb Large fresh uncooked prawns

½ lb Kobe beef

1 package Udon noodles

2 stalks of Green Onions

1 clove Garlic

½ Onion

3 Pak Choy leaf stalks

Handful of Enoki Mushrooms

1 cup Chicken Broth

Splash of Hot Sauce

2 tbsp Soy Sauce

Handful of Shitaki Mushrooms

2 tbsp Dried Seaweed

1 tbsp Rice Wine

Handful of Soy Beans

Salt, Pepper

Directions:

In a pot, bring water to a boil, drop in noodles and simmer until cooked. In a separate pot, combine chicken stock, garlic (diced), onions (diced), hot sauce, shitaki mushrooms (diced), soy sauce, seaweed, rice wine, soy beans, salt and pepper and simmer. Slice kobe beef into small thin slices, season with salt and pepper, and sear quickly on both sides in olive oil in a pan. Set aside. Do the same with the shrimp. Set aside. Cook enoki mushrooms in broth.  Blanch Pak Choy quickly in broth until leaves get wilted. Set aside. Serve noodles, add broth, pak choy, green onions, shrimp, and beef.  Garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Asian Mix.

Other examples of Asian-style garnishes!

Mustard Flowers

Shiso Bicolor Leaves

Radish Flowers

LA Food Wine Festival!

By | Edible Flowers, Events, MicroGreens | 940 Comments

Fresh Origins was proud to be a sponsor of the First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival in October 2011! The creators and producers of the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast proudly presented the next great culinary and live entertainment playground, where celebrity met celebrity chef. There were 58 Different events and 141 Chefs that participated! Some of the nation’s Top Chefs used our Microgreens & Edible Flowers on their dishes! Some of the Chefs included: Bradley Ogden, Daniel Boulud, Sam Choy, Roy Yamaguchi, Elizabeth Falkner, Johnny Iuzzini, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, & Masaharu Morimoto.

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Masaharu Morimoto with Julie Sasuga of Fresh Origins

 Clam Chowder Congee, oyster cracker, Fresh Origins Micro Celery

LEXUS GRAND TASTING – SUNDAY 10/16 12:00-3:00PM

Chef Masaharu Morimoto—known to millions as the star of Iron Chefand Iron Chef America—has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western andJapanese ingredients.  He has effectively created a signature cuisine that has gained worldwide appeal and positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today.  Morimoto is executive chef at Morimoto Philadelphia,Morimoto New York, and Wasabi by Morimoto.  In July 2010, chef Morimoto opened his first West Coast restaurant, Morimoto Napa, in downtown Napa’s new Riverfront development, followed by the fall 2010 debut of Morimoto Waikiki in Waikiki EDITION, the new luxury lifestyle hotel developed by Ian Schrager and Marriott.

Sam Choy of Sam Choy’s, Hawaii with David & Julie Sasuga of Fresh Origins

Island Style Poke, Fresh Origins Micro Intensity Mix™

RED CARPET PREMIERE THURSDAY 10/13  7:00-10:00PM

Sam Choy’s colorful personality and welcoming smile have drawn customers to his multiple restaurants over the last 30 years, but it is his award-winning cooking that keeps them coming back.For the last 16 years, Sam has appeared on his weekly cooking show, Sam Choy’s Kitchen, on the Hawaiian Island’s local NBC affiliate. He has authored 16 cookbooks, has a frozen food line with a major international distributor, has his personal recipe sauces and dressings available in national food store chains and has designed first and business class menus for American’s Airlines International Flights. Choy is a four-time nominee for the James Beard Best Pacific Regional chef award, winning in 2004. He is often credited as the “Godfather of Poke” and the Culinary Ambassador of the Big Island. Sam also enjoys catering for private events and donates his time to support multiple charities.

Elizabeth Faulkner of Citizen Cake & Soma SF with David Sasuga of Fresh Origins

Baby summer squash, fig, uni, lemon olive oil, Fresh Origins Micro Basil

RED CARPET PREMIERE THURSDAY  10/13  7:00-10:00PM

With her spiky platinum hair and unstoppable creativity, Elizabeth Falkner has become one of the most recognizable faces of the Bay Area culinary world on Bravo, Food Network and beyond. She has been a frequent contestant, judge, and guest on Top Chef Masters, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Sugar Rush, Tyler’s Ultimate with Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray’s $40 a Day, Martha Stewart Living, and more.

Falkner is the owner and Chef of two Michelin recommended restaurants in San Francisco. Citizen Cake patisserie, restaurant and bar in Pacific Heights, along with the popular SOMA restaurant bar and lounge Orson. Once known as the go-to for all things pastry, Elizabeth’s expertise is now widely acknowledged to have bridged the gap between sweet and savory.

Johnny Iuzzini of Jean-Georges, New York

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Curry Mayo, Chocolate dirt, Fresh Origins Micro Sorrel

DECADENCE HOSTED BY SHERRY YARD   SATURDAY 10/15  10:00-2:00AM

Johnny Iuzzini, Executive Pastry Chef at award winning Restaurant Jean-Georges and café Nougatine in New York City, hails from the Catskills in upstate New York. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with twenty years of kitchen experience since the age of 15, he boasts a heavy list of experience at highly lauded dining locations such as The River Café in Brooklyn, NY, Daniel, Payard and Café Boulud in New York City.  His enrichment continued during a journey around the world in 1998 as well as to study pastry at some of the finest patisseries in France including LaDuree under Pierre Herme.

Chef Iuzzini was deemed “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation in 2006, followed by accolades such as “10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America” by Forbes Magazine, “Best New Pastry Chef” by New York Magazine, and named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” two years in a row by Pastry Arts and Design Magazine. Iuzzini is the head judge of Bravo’s new culinary competition series “Top Chef Just Desserts” and the author of Dessert Fourplay: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef.

Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant

Main Lobster Dim Sum, chantarele mushroom, lobster foam, Fresh Origins Tiny Veggies™ Radish & Petite Shiso Red

LEXUS GRAND TASTING – SUNDAY SUNDAY 10/16  12:00-3:00PM

Based on childhood memories of the feelings and flavors of Hawaii, Roy invented what he refers to as “Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine” — a tempting combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest of local ingredients, always with an emphasis on seafood. Thusly inspired, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York at the age of 19, where, after several years of intense training, he became a Master Chef.

Yamaguchi is now regarded as a pioneer who mastered a distinctive style, which brought his cooking to the forefront of contemporary gastronomy. As testimony to his success, there are now 31 Roy’s, including 23 in the Continental U.S., 6 in Hawaii, 1 in Japan and 1 in Guam.

Honored early in his career with the prestigious James Beard “Best Pacific Northwest Chef” Award, Yamaguchi has hosted six seasons of the PBS-TV show, Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi seen on more than 300 stations in all 50 states, as well as in over 60 countries. Equally notable, he was a featured chef on the acclaimed TV Food Network program, My Country, My Kitchen which takes viewers back to his roots in Japan.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

By | Edible Flowers, Events, MicroGreens | 1,307 Comments

San Diego California – April 17, 2012 – Fresh Origins shines in epicurean paradise at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2012

Fresh Origins products were prominently featured throughout the West Coast’s premier epicurean lifestyle event; Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2012.  75 Celebrity chefs matched with 250 acclaimed wineries created an extraordinary four- day destination on one of the most breathtaking coastline resorts in the world.  Throughout the weekend, guests enjoyed intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining experiences in the world.

Working feverishly for weeks prior to the event, Fresh Origins and PBF&W Culinary Liaison, Dorothy Maras developed strategic master plan to provide some of the world’s most talented and demanding culinary geniuses with everything from Micro Tangerine Lace™ to Oyster Leaf from an amazing array of dazzling Microgreens, Tiny Veggies™  and Edible Flowers for their exclusive menus.

“It is an honor to see our products truly come to life in the hands of the best chefs in the world!” said David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins.

Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Masaharu Morimoto, Jacques Pepin, and Roy Yamaguchi are a few of the world class chefs bringing their inspired culinary tour de force to the exclusive Pebble Beach resort.  Fresh Origins products were found on nearly every dish at the event.

Cinnamon-Maple Persimmon Panna Cotta, Candied Pecans with Micro Basil Cinnamon

By | MicroGreens, Recipes | 1,706 Comments

Microgreens, Fresh Origins

Cinnamon-Maple Persimmon Panna Cotta, Candied Pecans with Micro Basil Cinnamon

 4 servings

Poached Persimmons 

4 persimmons, peeled, chopped

2 cups water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Bring the water and sugar to a boil, then lower to a simmer and add the diced persimmons and cinnamon stick. There needs to be enough water to cover the fruit.
Simmer until persimmons are soft. Let cool. Puree until smooth.

Panna Cotta

14 ounces poached persimmon puree

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp Brandy

2¼ tsp powdered gelatin

3 tbsp cold water

2 cups heavy cream

½ cup maple syrup

Sprinkle the gelatin over cold water in a medium bowl and let it stand while you prepare the rest of the panna cotta. Oil four ramekins or glasses with a neutral-tasting oil. (Skip this step if you’re planning on serving your panna cotta in their molds).

Heat the cream, sugar, brandy and cinnamon in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the persimmon puree. Pour in gelatin and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Divide the panna cotta into the prepared molds and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Maple-Candied Pecans

8 ounces pecan halves

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325. Put foil on top of a baking sheet. Mix the syrup and sugar in a bowl, then stir in the pecans, tossing to coat and transfer to the baking sheet. Bake for until done, about 10 minutes. Separate any nuts that stick together with a fork. Let cool.

To serve:

Top with pecans, maple syrup and garnish with Fresh Origins Micro Basil Cinnamon.

 Microgreens, Fresh Origins

Food & Photos by Kelly Sasuga

www.FreshOrigins.com

Asian style Herbs & Greens

By | MicroGreens, PetiteGreens | 1,183 Comments

Fresh Origins has a wide variety of Asian style herbs & greens. Great flavor additions for noodles & rice! Float some Petite Thai Basil on Pho to add an intense herb essence. Micro Red & Green Shisos are wonderful when paired with fresh sushi. Seared rare ahi loves to be topped with our Micro Wasabi. Add some Gold Edamame Shoots™ to your stir-fry to add color, crunch and a yummy legume taste. Red Kaiware Shoots™ & Micro Benitade add a stunning color and spicy flavor to Kalbi short ribs or sesame chicken.

What would you do with our Asian products??

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