A new innovative start-up that produces microgreens in Sicily
Somewhere between traditional sprouts and vegetables, microgreens are gaining more and more interest among consumers and are therefore a big hit with retailers across Europe and the global hospitality industry. They are miniature vegetables with an intense taste, a rich aroma and high nutritional value.
Microgreens are tender and edible young plants of plant, herbaceous, aromatic and wild species, which are usually harvested one to two weeks after sowing, at the cotyledon stage of the leaves or with the first true leaves and at a height of 5 to 10 cm. , depending on the species. They represent one of the last frontiers of horticultural research and production.
We had a brief discussion on the subject with Peppe Cammarata from Sicilian company Etna Farm, a contemporary agricultural start-up that researches, produces and distributes microgreens, the new frontier in horticulture.
âWe are a sustainable and eco-responsible company that produces healthy food and initiates a new approach to nutrition. In collaboration with experts, we research new seeds, work on new varieties and rediscover selected and self-produced cultivars of autochthonous origin, or spontaneous horticultural species typical of the Etna region, of native origin typical of the Etna region, a unique region in the world. “
Micro-vegetables are defined as superfoods because they are rich in nutrients. On average, they contain 5 to 40 times more vitamins and carotenoids than adult plants. They also provide a mix of colors, flavors and taste. A new way of cooking and an enrichment of restaurant menus and home meals.
âWe are intercepting this slice of consumers who care about sustainability. We offer healthy food for the domestic market. Taking advantage of the advantages of the short supply chain, we use electronic greenhouse controlled real-time micro-irrigation techniques capable of reducing water waste, with minimal soil consumption and the use of composting to recycle soils. certified organic for cultivation. Cultivated varieties are Swiss chard, mustard, borage, radish, wild arugula, red cabbage, black cabbage, watercress, cilantro, flax, peas, pak choi, Calabrian broccoli. We do not use fertilizers or agrochemicals. Automation and technology applied to horticulture ensure a sustainable crop, always fresh, healthy and rich in nutrients, âCammarata continued.
Thanks to an organic substrate and the use of solar energy adapted to the size of the shoot, Etna Farm identifies the ideal stage for the microgreens to mature and be harvested. This is the time of growth when the flavor and concentration of nutrients increase. Microgreens are used as a main ingredient in salads, sprinkled on soups and smoothies, or used to garnish starters and main courses. They add intense fragrance and flavor, beautify dishes with a variety of shapes, colors and textures, and most importantly, provide high levels of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. The Sicilian company’s reference markets are the Italian markets, while catering and e-commerce are currently the dominant distribution channels.
For more information:
Etna Ferme srl
Via Saette 10
95016 Mascali (CT) – ITALY