Grow and Eat the Gardyn Rainbow

By Gardyn Plant Portfolio Manager, Nicole Holland

Plant pigments have many roles in nature.

The familiar shades of the rainbow are also seen in everyday life when certain wavelengths of light are absorbed by an object and others are reflected to produce the colors perceived by our eyes. Plants are no exception, and the alluring colors that we all enjoy are due to compounds called pigments that reflect certain wavelengths of light (or colors) to our eyes. 

 

On the plant side, pigments like chlorophyll are not only involved in metabolic functions like photosynthesis, they also control visual cues that attract pollinators and protect plants from harmful UV rays. Pigments help us to identify plants and determine when fruits are ripe. While the nutrients in plants offer a wide range of benefits, plant pigments have also been found to positively affect human health.

Pigments Colors Health Benefits
Carotenoids Red, Orange, Yellow Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, and eye disease plus have antioxidant properties
Chlorophyll Green Green plants are typically rich in folate and lutein which promote healthy cells and genetic material (DNA and RNA)
Anthocyanins Red, Blue, Purple Have antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties plus may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases

At Gardyn, our plant portfolio is made up of a rainbow of colors (and flavors), with new plants hitting our plant page each month! Diversifying the colors on your Gardyn is an easy way to know you’re getting a variety of nutrients and have more fun making and sharing meals.

 

Keep reading to get our easy and flavorful Gardyn Summer Stir-Fry recipe that highlights the beauty of growing and eating the rainbow.

Check out what is new and colorful this month!

Purple Kohlrabi 

A unique and easy-to-grow plant offering the antioxidant benefits of anthocyanins.

Tokyo Bekana

A lovely loose-heading cabbage that is slow to bolt and won’t get bitter from hot temperatures. Tokyo Bekana gets its green color from chlorophyll and folate.

Gardyn Summer Stir-Fry

This stir-fry highlights the beauty of Gardyning the rainbow and comes together in minutes. Swap out the Purple Kohlrabi for Mini Eggplant or Bok Choi for the Toyko Bekana (or experiment with your own Gardyn-inspired combinations).

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 small white or sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup of Sweet Peppers or Banana Peppers, chopped
  • 1 yellow summer squash, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 Purple Kohlrabi, bulb cut into matchsticks with stems and leaves chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, finely minced 
  • Large handful of Tokyo Bekana leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • A few chopped chives as a garnish 
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

 

 

Recipe
  1. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, carrots, pepper, squash, and kohlrabi and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes (until the vegetables are tender). 
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for around a minute before adding the Tokyo Bekana leaves. Continue cooking for another minute or so until the leaves just begin to wilt.
  3. Remove the skillet from the burner and stir in the soy sauce. Here you have the option to add a pinch (or two) of red pepper flakes to spice things up!
  4. Serve alone or pair with rice. Sprinkle with chives just before serving. 

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Sunny Bouquet Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • Arugula
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Tokyo Bekana

Herbs

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Purple Basil x 2
  • Sweet Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Purple Basil x 2
  • Sweet Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers

Flowers

Flowers

  • Sunflowers x 2
  • Viola x 3
  • Sunflowers x 2
  • Viola x 3

Taste of Italy Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Endive Lettuce
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Lollo Rossa
  • Monta Carlo
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Mustard
  • Romaine
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Endive Lettuce
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Lollo Rossa
  • Monta Carlo
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Mustard
  • Romaine
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Italian Parsely
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Italian Parsely
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini Eggplant
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini Eggplant
  • Sweet Peppers

Farm Fresh Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Chervil
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Sorrel
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Breen
  • Butterhead
  • Chervil
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Matilda
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red Mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Red Sorrel
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini-Strawberries x 2
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Mini-Strawberries x 2
  • Sweet Peppers

FLowers

Flowers

  • Chamomile
  • Fiesta Gitana
  • Chamomile
  • Fiesta Gitana

Superfood Fresh Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula 
  • Breen 
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Monta Carlo
  • Purselane
  • Red Amaranth
  • Red mustard x 2
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass
  • Arugula 
  • Breen 
  • Butterhead
  • Green Mustard
  • Kale
  • Kale Lacinato
  • Monta Carlo
  • Purselane
  • Red Amaranth
  • Red mustard x 2
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass

Herbs

Herbs

  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Wild Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Wild Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno

  • Sweet Peppers
  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sweet Peppers

Flowers

Flowers

  • Radio Calendula
  • Radio Calendula

Recommended Starter Set

Greens

Greens

  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen x 2
  • Buttercrunch x 2
  • Butterhead x 3
  • Green Mustard x 2
  • Kale x 2
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2
  • Arugula x 2
  • Breen x 2
  • Buttercrunch x 2
  • Butterhead x 3
  • Green Mustard x 2
  • Kale x 2
  • Monte Carlo
  • Red mustard
  • Red Sails x 2
  • Rouge D’hiver
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tatsoi x 2

Herbs

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Thyme

Fruits

Fruits

  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Jalapenos
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