There’s simply nothing more rewarding than growing your own food, except when an innovative product makes it ultra-easy to do so. Hamama is the newest option in the urban or indoor gardening trend, and it provides a breadth of options to keep your palate pleased.
We all know creating healthy food options for the farm-to-table experience can be overwhelming, expensive and backbreaking. Worth it, to be sure, but not always possible. Honestly, it becomes kind of a hard sell to go through the work of building raised beds, hauling dirt, mixing compost, and planting a garden when Hamama helps you create microgreens with only a few minutes of effort.
The company uses a unique and innovative Seed Quilt. The description fits since it’s basically a compartmentalized bed of paper pillows stuffed with seeds. To support seed germination and growth, a moss-like layer is attached to the bottom side of the seed quilt. This layer is immersed in water, which allows it to slowly absorb it from the bottom and provide it to the seeds on the top.
For nearly every growing environment, you’ll simply need to remove the packaging, add water up to the clearly-marked fill line and place your Seed Quilt inside. In a week, your microgreens will be ready for harvest. On a rare occasion in very dry surroundings, you may need to add a drizzle more water.
There are myriad seed options for your microgreen garden. Choose from a lineup of non-GMO seeds and an expanding selection of organic options. They already offer Hearty Broccoli, Spicy Daikon Radish, Sweet Wheatgrass, Energizing Kale, Earthy Clover, Hot Wasabi Mustard, and Fragrant Fenugreek in all-organic seeds. There is also a Super Salad Mix, Zesty Mix, and Refreshing Cabbage to consider. Hamama is dedicated to introducing new varieties and going completely organic soon.
The basic setup is a BPA-free plastic tray. However, they do now offer a new ceramic grow tray instead. You can also upgrade the look with the bamboo frame that holds the plastic tray. Hamama also offers some grow shelf options so you can have a few trays growing at the same time while adding to your interior design.
There are several options to get started, from a basic starter kit with your choice of three Seed Quilts to a Superfood Superstar kit that includes 36 Seed Quilts. When it’s time to harvest your microgreens, cut them all down to around ¼” of the quilt and store them in a bag along with a paper towel or napkin. The entire Seed Quilt can then be added to the compost pile or yard debris cart.
This was a very fun product to sample. The packaging is paper-based and includes inspiring little notes to help overcome any doubts you might have about your ability to grow microgreens inside your home. Trust me — it truly can’t be any easier. To plant, all I had to do was add the water and the Seed Quilt to the tray. Hamama included a bamboo frame, which is very nice quality and adds a welcome visual appeal. Having said that, I was equally impressed by the quality of the plastic tray.
Within 12 hours of pressing the quilt into the water, I began to see it come to life. A few days later, the puffed-up pillows burst open to release the tops of the microgreens. A few days after that, they were at full height and ready for harvest. It really was only seven days. I planted the Spicy Daikon Radish and will say I’ve never tried these microgreens before. At first bite, they taste like a bland sprout, but within moments my tastebuds came to life with the memory of biting directly into a radish. The company also provided Hearty Broccoli and Energizing Kale, but I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet.
I will also say the process is very forgiving of the harsh conditions I exposed it to. I have many curious critters in my home and it took more than a few tries to find a spot where the dogs and cats left it alone. It wasn’t safe on the table, on the bar, or on the window sill, which means it was moved multiple times into areas with heavy and light traffic flow and a huge variation in natural light. I’m convinced I can do no wrong in using the system to grow microgreens, and that’s saying something from someone who’s never claimed to have a green thumb.
I was a little lost on how to use my microgreens, but the Hamama website offers a plethora of recipe options you can follow or use as inspiration. Now I find myself adding the greens to sandwiches, salads, soups and dips and can’t wait to experiment with more flavors. Bon appetit!
Images via Hamama and Dawn Hammon
Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Hamama. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.