Advertorial: Britain's largest specialty leaf grower - Westlands

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 23rd March 2016
Grown in the Vale of Evesham in the heart of the UK, Westlands unique ranges of new and innovative products are selected for the finest quality and flavour. Westlands Glasshouse Pink Stem Radish low resOver the past 60 years, Westlands has developed from a traditional salad and leaf grower to a dynamic pioneer of speciality leaf using the latest growing techniques and cutting edge technology. Westlands are proud to be the largest British speciality grower of Micro Leaf, Inspired Leaves & Edible Flowers and Taste of the Sea products. Our reputation has been built on market leading innovation; working with and developing our customers’ expectations and our personal care and attention to product quality. By working closely with forward thinking, quality focused chefs and foodservice companies our aim is to constantly evolve by developing new, inspiring and amazing tasting innovation! Inspired Leaves & ‘Grown in the Darkshoots Our collection of more unusual and distinctive culinary leaves and shoots. Selected for their visual and flavour impact, the range includes historical herbs such as Sweet Cicely and crisp Buckler Sorrel and traditionally foraged products like Wild Garlic. For a taste from the Orient, try our new fiery Wasabi leaves or large spicy Purple Shiso leaves. Add an edge to deserts and  drinks with our Aztec Sweet Herb, Chocolate Mint or Lemon Verbena. Our exciting ‘Grown in the Dark’ range of blanched products introduces new super sweet Popcorn Shoots and tasty hot horseradish shoots. Inspired Edible Flowers & FruitsInspired Leaf Nasturtium low res Chosen for their striking colours and captivating scent, our edible flowers collection adds a unique structure and sensory sensation to your dish or cocktail. Choose from the myriad of Viola colours to the retro peppery-sweet Nasturtium flowers; or large Courgette flowers perfect for stuffing to tiny Tagete flowers with a citrusy bite. Our cute little Micro Melons give crunch and a clean taste to your creation. Taste of the Sea Our Taste of the Sea coastal sea vegetables collection is a diverse range of edible leaves and flowers grown for their own unique taste and saline qualities, often succulent in texture and with striking visual appeal. It includes classically foraged products like sweet and crunchy blanched Sea Kale; decorative Rock Samphire leaves and flowers; fresh tasting oyster leaf and succulent Marsh Samphire. Try our new delicate sprigs of Sea Spray or wispy Okahijiki Japanese land seaweed or the ever popular Salty Fingers that pop in the mouth. Delightful eaten raw, gently steamed or sautéed, the Taste of the Sea range adds a light, delicate flavour when traditionally partnered with fish, seafood or salt-marsh lamb. Micro Leaf Our extensive range of very young, small leaves harvested at the seed leaf or first true leaf stage. Packed with flavour, they add an extra dimension to salads or that magical touch to complete a savoury dish or even a sweet desert.  Developed over the last 10 years, our Micro Leaf range is selected for flavour, visual interest and quality. Grown in our state-of-the-art glasshouses in clean, soil-free conditions our Micro Leaf is pre-cut for your convenience. Used and eaten whole, there is almost no preparation and very little waste. Taste of the Sea Sea Fennel low resThis comprehensive collection includes aromatic herbs like Basils, Sorrels, Shiso and Thyme; classic salad varieties like Red Amaranth, Pak Choi and Leaf Radish; and forage type products of Chickweed and Nettles. Following the current ‘clean eating’ trend, we have launched an exciting new range associated with a ‘healthy lifestyle’. These tasty, potentially wholesome products include Quinoa, Chia, Purslane, Buckwheat shoots and Sunflower shoots. Why not think ‘out of the box’ and use our Micro Leaf on deserts or in cocktails. The fizzy zing of Lemon Balm matches perfectly with a rich chocolate tart! Growing Collection Grown in a clean, soil-free medium and supplied still growing in their punnets: you cut what you need and then still have some fresh for another day. Used right at the very last minute, it makes life a little easier for garnishing at the pass. Our Growing collection is available as single varieties including Wheatgrass and Toona shoots, or as a mixed variety box. Fresh and flexible this collection makes an ideal introduction to the world of Micro Leaf and Cresses, as a flavoursome ingredient or garnish to compliment many dishes. Speciality Tomatoes Our very popular Westlands Speciality collection; this is our range of heirloom, speciality and classic tomatoes. Our quest to rediscover the taste and aroma sought after by many chefs and their customers has led us to revisit some great tasting tomato varieties.Speciality tomatoes The range and depth of eye catching colours visually appeals but it is the wonderful aroma and taste that sets this UK grown range apart. The Speciality range is typified by the array of variety types, shapes, colours, sizes and varieties.  Whilst looking quite different to commercially grown varieties their unusual appearance is more than made up for in taste and aroma. For information on the full Westlands product range including seasonality and simple product pairings, please visit our website at www.westlandswow.co.uk.  Watch this space for new and exciting product launches! For social media, join us at facebook.com/WestlandsWow or tweet us @WestlandsWow. Westlands products are available nationwide from leading foodservice suppliers and wholesale markets. Speak to your supplier or contact us at hello@westlandswow.co.uk to find a stockist in your area. Our products are grown and packed to BRC Food Safety, Red Tractor Assurance and LEAF Marque standards. Your feedback is very important to us; please contact us with any comments or suggestions for new product ideas.    
The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 23rd March 2016

Advertorial: Britain's largest specialty leaf grower - Westlands