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Harvest Oasis Ingredient Showcase

 

At Harvest Oasis, we provide plant-based, nutritious meals made with whole and organic ingredients. We are always on the search for the most nutrient dense and anti-inflammatory ingredients available. Here are just a few of our star ingredients proven to nourish and support our bodies and minds.

 

Kernza : A Sustainable Grain

You can find organic kernza in our Kernza Pita Points!

 

​​We begin our showcase with Kernza, a very intriguing grain. Kernza are the processed grains of intermediate wheatgrass, a promising perennial crop. Traditional wheat is an annual plant, meaning it dies at the end of the growing season, requiring yearly sowing. Intermediate wheatgrass on the other hand is a perennial crop. A perennial crop lives over 2 years so farmers can harvest multiple times within the plant’s life cycle.

Since intermediate wheatgrass is a perennial, it grows a much more robust root system compared to traditional wheat. Not only do these root systems help against erosion and runoff, they nurture the soil itself.

To harvest traditional wheat, you have to cut down the plant and plough under the dead plant’s stubble to plant new seeds. Since this leaves the nutrient rich topsoil vulnerable to runoff and erosion, farmers often use chemical fertilizers for the next crop. The empty fields are also a perfect habitat for weeds, prompting the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides. Intermediate wheatgrass doesn’t have that problem since the long grasses block sunlight and take up the ground space the weeds need to flourish.

Kernza, the grain from intermediate wheatgrass, has a higher protein level and contains more amino acids than traditional wheat grain. It has a great sweet nutty flavor and goes well in baked goods! We use kernza in our Kernza Pita Points! Try it with our Falafel or Classic Hummus!

 

Cauliflower : A Versatile Nutrition Powerhouse

You can find organic cauliflower in our Cauliflower Gnocchi, Margherita Pizza, Keto Mashed Cauliflower, and more!

 

Next up in the showcase is cauliflower, a versatile ingredient in the mustard family of vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. The name is actually derived from the Italian word cavolfiore, meaning “cabbage flower,” talk about an apt description!

Full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, cauliflower is packed with all kinds of beneficial nutrients. A single cup of raw cauliflower contains 77% of your daily Vitamin C with only 25 calories! One cup also contains 3 grams of fiber, an important carbohydrate in supporting gastrointestinal health.

Cauliflower is a great source of antioxidants as well. Antioxidants are important compounds that protect your body from “free radicals,” molecules that can cause chronic inflammation and disease in the body. Some of the antioxidants cauliflower contain are gucosinolates, isothiocyanates, carotenoid, and flavonoid compounds, all known for their anti-cancer effects.

Cauliflower makes a great low-carb alternative to traditional grains. Instead of using processed flour in dough, try substituting nutritionally dense cauliflower. Cauliflower also makes a delicious substitute for potatoes in mashed potatoes.

You can find cauliflower in many of our dishes including our Chunky Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce. Comforting and delicious, we bake organic cauliflower to perfection and then toss it in our house made cheddar cheese sauce.

 

Ginger: The Miracle Root

You can find organic ginger in our Kimchi Fried Rice, Ginger Spice Smoothie, Superfood Smoothie Bowl, Chickpea Spinach Curry and more!

 

Another star of our showcase, ginger is a Southeast Asian cooking staple, known for it’s peppery sweet taste. It also adds delicious complex notes to stir fries, smoothies, and even sweets but did you know it is one of the healthiest foods you can eat?

Ginger is full of anti-inflammatory compounds. The main compound, gingerol, reduces oxidative stress on the body which keeps our free radicals in check. Too many free radicals, a reactive compound in our bodies, can cause excessive inflammation leading to poor health and disease.

Thanks to ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties, ginger consumption has been linked to lower joint pain. In a literature review by Copenhagen University Hospital, ginger was shown to be effective at reducing osteoarthritis pain.

Ginger has also been shown to be effective at treating nausea. Experiencing an upset stomach? A cup of ginger tea or our Ginger Spice Smoothie may help reduce symptoms.

In early studies, ginger has been shown to lower blood sugars, helping patients with type 2 diabetes regulate their blood sugar levels. Ginger can even help fight infection. Gingerol has been shown to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to inflammatory diseases.

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