Tea and Taste Testing!
This week was a big week…we were finally ready to deliver our first crop of microgreens to our customer after the freezing cold! I had everything prepped, ready to harvest and was working on getting them clean. And then, I did it, I bit into a pea shoot. The dang things tasted like diesel from “the rocket”! I didn’t panic, which is out of the norm for me, I just called Mr. Martian and asked…”what are we going to do”?
I already had soaked them in the sink and then gave them a good rinse, per my usual microgreen cleaning protocol. Mr. Martian read online that Dawn dish soap may work. So I tried that…soaked them in them in the sink with the dish soap and gave them another rinse. But they still tasted like diesel to me!
A phone call went out to our customer (the chef of a popular restaurant in town), whom by the way is so great to work with and we are blessed to have him as our first customer. I explained that due to the cold we believe that the flavor of the pea shoot microgreens may be compromised and we would like him to taste them before we sell them. We definitely want to make sure that we are selling a quality product.
Mr. Martian was convinced that due to the fact I had been in the “white-house” prior, the smell was in my nose and my taste buds were off. We both had tasted the microgreens prior while we were in the “white-house” with the diesel heater and did not notice any off -taste.
I headed into town to deliver to our customer with a pound and a half of microgreens in hand hoping that he would want them and not notice what I had. And sure enough…he tasted them and the first thing he said is, “they taste astringent”. Keep in mind that he knew something was different because I had told him. I explained that with the cold we have been using diesel heaters. He ended up buying them (we sold them to him for half price)…thank you Jesus!
Later that night at happy hour/therapy session with Mr. Martian and I...Mr. Martian came up with the idea to do a blind taste test with our neighbors. He said that when he was in college they did an experiment where you have 3 samples of the same product, alluding to the person sampling they are all different. We really wanted to see if someone out of the “white-house” environment, who had no preconceived notion of something wrong, noticed the taste of Diesel or anything “off-putting”.
Saturday afternoon my awesome neighbor ladies came over for tea and testing! Each of my two neighbor ladies had three samples (unbeknown to them of the same product). They were asked to try all three and make notes on each of them. They were so great about it! The room was quiet with perplexed looks on their faces. When all said and done after they finished their testing and notes…I did the big reveal! “They’re all the same”, I said. My one neighbor lady had guessed they were all the same saying, “They were all crispy and nice additions to any salad”. My other neighbor actually tasted different notes with one being “nice fresh green a little spice”, one having “no distinct flavor”, and the other with a “good clean pea flavor”. Lo and behold the power of the mind…crazy! But the good news is…they don’t taste like diesel…Hallelujah! I'm still not 100% convinced they don't taste a little off, but hey, we'll take the positive!
Something that seemed to be an “OH-NO, this is terrible event” turned out to be fun! Plus, we gained knowledge in the process. That can’t be a bad thing. Isn’t that the way God works? He always turns our wrecks into something beautiful. “And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:28-29).
We shall grow on!
Scripture for thought….Isaiah 61