Where Does Cereal Grass Like Wheatgrass Grow?

Cereal grasses are one of the most important food groups that we can consume. Every cereal grass, from the green leaves of barley, wheat, rye, and oats, are nutritionally similar. These grasses differ from the mature seeds in terms of their nutritional and chemical consistency. Plant nutrients attain their peak heights as they near their brief, but critical, jointing stage. There are several stages that are required to let cereal grass grow properly, but the three most important stages involve good soil, the right moisture levels, and the right temperatures.

Suitable soil

Good topsoil is a must to let cereal grass grow properly. Some combination of healthy composted soil is also a possibility. In Ontario, for instance, the Ontario Greenbelt forms an ideal growing ground for a variety of different products including wheatgrass. The Greenbelt forms two million acres of protected farmland, wetlands, forests, and watersheds from development. The Canadian government also protects the Greenbelt, making it an ideal location for sustainable agricultural development.

Some of the best areas in the world to grow cereal grasses are those that consist of a hybrid mixing of soils from different areas. These areas provide nutrient-rich soils that allow cereal grasses to grow to their full potential. Hands-on crop rotation and land management is key to keeping soil at its optimal level for cereal grass growing conditions.

Suitable Moisture

The soil needs to be damp in order for these cereal grasses to develop properly. As it grows, these cereal grasses are watered daily or every other day to keep the soil moist. Cereal grass growers are careful to avoid wet and swamp conditions, as this can cause the young seeds to develop mold. Overwatering the soil is a common culprit, but the benefits of growing outdoors help protect plants from succumbing to mold.

The best environment for growing cereal grasses is one with consistent rain levels that don’t get excessive. Of course, there are a variety of different environments to which plants can adapt. Because the soil in the Greenbelt is so variable from farm to farm and even from field to field, cereal grasses and many other forms of produce have a unique advantage.

In periods of heavy rains, soils with high contents of sandy loam that also drain well will produce the best crops of cereal grass. In drier periods, heavy clays help retain moisture to produce the best crop. A combination of both of these types of farmland makes for the ideal cereal grass growth environments.

Ideal Temperature Conditions

Excessive heat is not productive for young cereal grass to grow as they are trying to sprout. Many companies attempt to grow cereal grasses indoors or in greenhouses, but they often creates a product with less nutrition that is also prone to mold. Temperate climates with consistent rainfall provide the best growing conditions for cereal grasses to develop.

All of these together are essential factors for these cereal greens to effectively progress through their growth stages. Nutrient concentrations vary based on the growing conditions and the growth stages at which the grasses are harvested. While it is possible to grow cereal grasses indoors, you get a better product from field grown cereal grasses. The root systems are deeper, the growth cycle is ten times longer, there are no simple sugars, the nutrient levels are much higher, and the taste is noticeably better.

 

 

Steve Meyerowitz – Wheatgrass Author and Advocate Lost To Car Crash

steve-meyerowitz-wheatgrass-natures-finest-medicineWe were shocked and saddened to hear the news this week.

Steve was a fun, humble, wonderful guy and a great friend to us. As a raw foodist, vegan and wheatgrass advocate, he practiced what he preached and it served him incredibly well.

Our prayers go out to his family. More details can be found in his local paper from Great Barrington, MA here:

A Life Cut Short But One Well Lived

Wheatgrass Smoothie: Mixed Berries

recipesThe colour of this healthy and delicious wheatgrass smoothie can leave your taste buds a little confused, but satisfied! You start off examining the colour first before taking a refreshing gulp of tasty berries exploding on your palate. As the taste of berries lingers in the background, you get the citrus flavour of oranges met with the mild taste of wheatgrass. Are you salivating yet? Read on to find out why this smoothie is packed with antioxidant richness and how it will leave you feeling satiated.

Cha-cha-cha Chia Seeds

Packed with healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong with adding chia seeds to your smoothie to give it that extra healthy kick. Chia seeds have approximately five grams of omega-3 fats in just one ounce. Talk about healthy fat for your brain!

The great thing about chia seeds in comparison to flax seeds is that chia seeds can be eaten either whole or ground up, making it easier to add to your smoothie. Flax seeds must be ground up before it can be added into a wheatgrass smoothie, which requires more work to obtain the nutrients contained inside the seed.

Want to know some added bonuses about chia seeds? They are tasteless! They don’t add flavour to your smoothie or leave your mouth with a strange aftertaste! Also, given the high fibre content, you will feel full faster with just this one smoothie.

Mixed Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries? Oh my! What a delicious combination of berries blended into a powerful smoothie. Berries have a great reputation for amazing health benefits. In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that consuming just under a cup of mixed berries a day for eight weeks was associated with increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lowered blood pressure. That’s a win-win situation when it comes to heart health! Included in the mix of berries in this study were strawberries, red raspberries, bilberries which are similar to blueberries, black currants, lingonberries, and chokeberries.

Ingredients Needed to Whip Up this Easy Concoction:

  • 2 oz tofu
  • 5-10 of Dynamic Green’s wheatgrass cubes
  • 1 cup of whole strawberries
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of chia seed
  • ½ cup of vanilla yogurt

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add a few ice cubes to thicken the smoothie up. This makes one generous single serving or two regular servings.

I found the end product of this wheatgrass smoothie wasn’t as sweet as I intended, so I would recommend adding one or two tablespoons of honey for natural sweetness. Berries also add a natural sweetness to the smoothie so feel free to toss in more berries to cater to your taste buds.

Overall, this smoothie is a powerhouse that has nutrients readily available for your body to absorb. Treat yourself to this wonderful enjoyment while knowing that you are eating healthy ingredients that make your heart and mind blissfully content. Have a happy heart and indulge your senses in berry sweetness!

USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2

Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities of different foods and you can learn more about it here at Wikipedia ORAC.

In terms of wheatgrass juice, there is a study done with regards to Wheatgrass Juice ORAC Rating.

It is a wet weight reading and shows:
ORAC range of 3,990 – 4,820 per 100 grams

Correlation between the high antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables, and the positive impact of diets high in fruits and vegetables, is believed to play an important role in the free-radical theory of aging. It was developed by the scientists at the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, but this method is not approved by the National Institute of Heath. The US Department of Agriculture lists a database of the ORAC value of common foods (no wheatgrass).

ORAC is one of those confusing numbers as a number of health food companies spin the numbers. When comparing ORAC data, some evaluations will compare ORAC units per grams dry weight, others will evaluate ORAC units wet weight and still others will look at ORAC units/serving. Under each evaluation, different foods can appear to have higher ORAC values and most of these values have never been published in scientific literature. To make it just a little more confusing, it is not known whether such values are accurate or how absorbable and functional these concentrated antioxidants are in the human body.

If the data was being spun for marketing purposes, it could be represented as dry weight which would show:
99,750 – 120,500 per 100 grams

For proper comparison purposes, you should use the range of 3,990 – 4820 per 100 grams. Note that 100 grams represents about 3.4 fl. oz. of wheatgrass juice.

Website Redesign Completed

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Over 50% of our customers now access our website on a smart phone. The new website is completely mobile friendly and will work on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

Please let us know if you spot any challenges by sending us a message here. We have had a few issues that have been addressed.

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Thank You For 2014

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Hi everyone. Thank you for a great year. Just wanted everyone to know that the last delivery day this year is December 18th. It is a bit restrictive but experience has taught us that it is really difficult to ship at this time of year. As you know, we want to always give you the very best!

Shipping Box Recycling

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Our shipping boxes are type 6 and 100% recyclable when accepted by your local recycling program. In Ontario, Canada, the City of Toronto and Peel Region accept type 6 and you can place your shipping box right in your blue bin for recycling. Your area may also offer this service so check if you can.

Two new studies debunk benefits of multivitamins

taking-vitaminsHere is a link to the latest story https://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/two-new-studies-debunk-benefits-of-multivitamins

Food really is the only way to go in the pursuit of nutrition and vibrant health. We’ve known that supplementation doesn’t work for 20 years now, ever since the Physicians Health Studies I and II (https://phs.bwh.harvard.edu/phs1.htm) but 40% of people still use them.

2013 Christmas Delivery Schedule

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Holiday Delivery Schedule – our ability to deliver is limited by the holidays so get your order in sooner rather than later! For both the U.S. and Canada, the last delivery day of the year is Dec 19th resuming January 7th. Farm pickups will still be available during the holidays.

Wheatgrass Harvest – Fall 2013

 

Wheatgrass Farm Fall HarvestOur fall harvest was very successful. Just wanted to let everyone know that we have an ample supply of terrific juice. You will be able to get what you want when you want.