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09-November-2016
09-November-2016 13:29
in General
by Admin
 

Everyone knows that salad is good for you. But the salad we grow is really good for you. We grow nutritionally dense mustard greens such as Mizuna, Pizzo, Red Lace and Green Frills, rich in vitamins such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, and minerals including calcium, magnesium and potassium.  A portion of Mizuna will provide you with 118% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin A, which is key in boosting the immune system, and 4% of the recommended intake of Magnesium, which can help to lower blood pressure (Harvard Health, 2011). Compare that to a portion of iceberg lettuce, which will provide you with just 7% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin A and a mere 1% of your daily value of Magnesium. You can see that our salads don’t just taste good, they can also improve your health.

 
 
 
 

The vitamins and minerals present in harvested produce are directly related to soil quality. Mainstream non-organic agriculture replaces soil quality with fertilisers, but while these make plants grow faster, they don’t translate into greater nutritional quality. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organically grown vegetables contained up to 68% more antioxidants compared to conventionally grown produce. We use organic farming techniques to grow our produce, composting when the soil becomes depleted. This ensures our plants can extract the vitamins and minerals that help them grow, and that have health benefits for the consumer. At our new site in Holt, the soil is of extremely high quality, which will enable us to grow nutritionally dense produce.

 

 
 
 

Finally, the short chain food system we have created also impacts the nutritional value of what ends up on your plate. As soon as vegetables are harvested, the vitamins within the plant begin to leach out, so the longer a food item takes to reach your plate, the lower the nutritional value. For example, the Vitamin C content of Red Mustard has been shown to reduce by 99.8% when refrigerated over a ten day period (Santos et al., 2012). At its speediest, our produce can go from field to fork in just a few hours!

 

Other nutritional benefits of our salad and herbs include:

Rosemary - is a known antiseptic and has been linked to improving memory (Pengelly et al., 2011)

Rocket - contains high levels of potassium and magnesium which are thought to lower blood pressure (Harvard Health, 2011)

Coriander - thought to ameliorate heavy metal poisoning, e.g. lead poisoning (Sharma et al., 2009)

Mustards - contain Vitamin K (good for bone growth) and folic acid

Parsely - a high level of potassium which could reduce oxidative stress (Nielsen et al., 1999), and may lower blood pressure (Harvard Health, 2011)