It’s getting colder in Iceland and I’ve almost finished harvesting everything from my grow boxes. However, I was lucky enough to get a new sponsor just in time for winter. VAXA uses a new technology, vertical farming, that makes the country the perfect place to grow high-quality crops in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner all year around. Vertical farming is a high-tech indoor agriculture where crops are grown using LED lighting so that the use of land, energy and water is optimised. They grow a variety of lettuce types, herbs, micro greens and speciality greens. Micro greens are vegetable greens harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed (and possibly, with one set of true leaves). They are used as a nutrition supplement, a visual enhancement, and a flavour and texture enhancement. Micro greens are packed full of vital nutrients and vitamins, so having them frequently it’s one of the best thing you can do for your health. Preferably use them fresh, cause they loose some of the nutrition if cooked. You can add the micro greens to salads and use them for decoration as well. Here in Iceland one can get a box from VAXA weekly or every fortnight, and recently I got my first one. I decided to make a salad using the basil to spice up my vegan mayo. It was delicious, even if I say so myself 🙂
To make a basil mayo, use THIS RECIPE and add a good handful of basil before using the handheld immersion blender.
Basil mayo is on the left, but on the right is vinaigrette. You may have your favourite recipe, but here’s mine.
100 g olive oil
20 g apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard (or more if you like)
1 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp fresh parsley
salt and black pepper
Put everything in a blender and let it run for 10-15 sec.
That’s how my box looked like on arrival. It had a mix of lettuce leaves, butterhead lettuce, basil and several types of micro greens.
My salad was rich in flavour and very tasty, but best of all is how good one feels after having a dish like this one 🙂
The article is sponsored by VAXA.
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