Our range of tiny crops not only provide a flavoursome addition to your favourite dishes, they are also very good for you too!
Low in calories and high in flavour, our products feature a number of health benefits. Salad cress and pea shoots are rich in vitamin C and folic acid; while our mixed beans are naturally high in dietary fibre, protein, phosphorus and iron.
For inspiration on how to include our salad cress, pea shoots or mixed beans into your meals, visit our recipes page.
Vitamin C is essential in our diets as it helps to protect cells and keep them healthy, it maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage; it also helps to heal wounds.
Good sources of vitamin C includes fruit and vegetables including oranges, peppers strawberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts and potatoes – and of course salad cress and pea shoots.
Folic acid, known as folate in its natural form, helps the body to produce healthy red blood cells, as well as reducing the risk of central neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies. A lack of folic acid could lead to folate deficiency anaemia.
Good sources of folic acid can be found in fortified breakfast cereals, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, salad cress and pea shoots to name a few.
Iron plays an important role in making red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.
It is found in a number of foods including liver, red meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit such as dried apricots, wholegrains such as brown rice, fortified breakfast cereals, soybean flour and most dark-green leafy vegetables such as watercress and curly kale.
Phosphorus is a mineral that helps to build strong bones and teeth as well as releasing energy from food.
It can be found in a variety of foods such as red meat, dairy, fish, poultry, bread, brown rice, oats and our mixed beans of course.
Protein is an essential nutrient needed in our diets. It is responsible for multiple functions within our bodies, including building tissue, cells and muscle, as well as making hormones and antibodies. Protein is particularly important if you do endurance sports or weight training due to its muscle-building benefits.
Good sources of protein can be found in eggs, milk, yoghurt, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, seafood, soya, nuts, seeds, beans and pulses.
Fibre plays a vital part in a healthy, balanced diet. It can help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers; it can also improve digestive health. Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants so meat, fish and diary do not contain any fibre.
Including wholegrain cereals and plenty of fruit and vegetables such as oats, barley, rye, bananas, apples, bran, cereals, nuts, seeds and beans within your diet will ensure you are eating enough fibre.