Pocket Herbs & Produce is committed to food safety. All of our crops are grown from Non-GMO seed. Pocket Herbs & Produce is a registered growing and packing facility with Freshcare, the Australian on-farm assurance program. We will be applying for the HACCP based Food Safety Management Programme in 2017. We strive to be on the forefront of food safety and make it a part of our everyday culture; our families, staff and friends eat the produce we grow.
No Pesticides or Chemicals
No chemical pesticides or herbicides are used at Pocket Herbs in growing our products. We utilize organic registered products on a needs only basis. We prefer this to toxic chemicals.
As part of our Food Safety Plan we have our products tested for pathogens on a regular basis to ensure the safest product available. We also test our water sources to confirm it is of the quality we need and expect for our operation. All testing is done by an independent third party accredited lab at Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Micro Greens/Baby Leaf Herbs are one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, amino-acids and proteins on Earth.
Microgreens have been found to contain higher levels of concentrated active compounds than found in mature plants or seeds. These tiny baby plants provide a convenient and concentrated means for absorbing the active compounds when eaten or made into a health drink which is commonly done with wheatgrass.
Our micro greens typically provide the following nutrients: Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Lecithin, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids, Trace Elements, Antioxidants and Proteins. As you can see Microgreens are extremely nutritious and healthy!
At Pocket Herbs & Produce we grow in a greenhouse where growing conditions mean there are virtually no threats such as disease and grazing animals.
Microgreens encapsulate the unique transitional plant development phase between sprout and baby green. The micro green has evolved to survive in a hostile world: grazing animals (e.g. Insects) or other cryptogrammic organisms (e.g. fungi, bacteria) with little protective armour – they rely on antioxidants and phyto-chemicals to ward off such threats. Possibly this is what makes them so uniquely tasty.
“Seeds contain two main classes of chemical: Carbohydrates and Lipids; as well as, proteins; non-protein N-compounds, and minerals. Many specific plant products are present in specific seeds. For example glycosides as such as mustard oil. Much speculation exists about the role of such compounds, and there is at least some evidence that they protect the plant against predators.” Reference: Seed notes from Meyer and Polijakof, Germination of Seeds, Pergamon Press (1989).
Micro Greens/Baby Leaf Herbs are therefore plants that are in transition from the sprouted embryo, reliant on its seed store; to a ‘stand alone’ organism, later developing its new root and leaf systems. As such, micro greens have a blend of phyto-chemicals inherited from both the seed and derived from the fledgling green plant – the unique flavour combination neither found in sprouts nor baby greens. And this is what makes them so special!