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Certified organic fertiliser
NO genetically modified material
NO unnatural chemical fertilisers or pesticides
NO hidden additives
Safe gentle natural cleaning agents for the equipment
LOTS of love and care
If we were growing lettuce or tomatoes we might give in to an emotional pull to grow them in soil. But we are really processing seeds to the sprout stage and that’s a different world.
To get the full nutrient value from the plants we have to be sure that in their very short life span they get the optimum nutrition all day every day. Not too much, not too little, but the Goldilocks “just right”. In soil, that would be very difficult to manage but with the help of our special 100% organic, natural fertiliser and a hydroponic system we can be sure that every single seed gets what it needs when it needs it. By the way, to produce a perfect crop every time and do it on a reliable schedule in soil we would have to find a location that offers:
- a perfect climate – not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, not too dry, etc
- unpolluted water
- perfect soil that does not need amendment – and that never wears out or depletes
- regular hours of sunlight
- no animals to feast on the plants
- a completely clean environment so that no mould or toxins can grow
If anyone can show us that place we will probably want to go there. Meanwhile, our enclosed environment chambers do all of that for us with a hydroponic system.
Because of the pressure treatment the juice is safe to drink for years. We tested it at four years of age and it was still free from bacterial activity. We also protect the enzymes and other nutrient values but the passage of time will eventually have some impact on the juice. The little bit of air left in the bottle and in the juice itself will cause some oxidation or browning of the juice. This oxidation is very minimal because of the very tiny amount of air since the 40ml bottles are virtually full so reducing the air pocket to almost zero. However we cannot remove the air from the juice because that would mean having to subject the juice to a de-aeration process (Ughh!)
The flavour can also change a bit over time; the chemistry of flavonoids is among the most complicated known to man. We could stabilise the taste for ever but the chemistry required to do that is appalling. We don’t want to go there. So, we say that for 26 weeks the juice is good but that just like all living things it is not getting younger and some deterioration is inevitable. Please note that broccoli sprout juice is not very green to start with. The reason is that the plant itself is not very green. The roots and stem are white and only the tiny little leaves are green.