For part one, (the ordering experience) head over here. Otherwise, continue reading.
Hamama Greens is Based out of SF and they produce home grow kits for microgreens. When writing this review I reached out to them via their website, and Camille, one of the founders was awesome enough to answer my questions, so some of this comes directly from her.
In addition to general questions about the device, I asked Camille what she’d like to accomplish with Hamama, and her quote was pretty awesome. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible experience that gardener’s high and get hooked. The feeling of eating something healthy that you had a part in producing.” Which to us is very solid. We’d love for every household in the US to grow a portion of their food at home, in fact that’s a big part of our mission so this resonated pretty well with us.
Cool, so let’s start it off with this – we’ve had them growing for four days and so far it works, and pretty well, but onto that in a bit. First let’s look at what you get for $35 bucks (looking around the internet the price here seems to have increased.
- A grow tray, made from recycled materials (big plus for that), it’s relatively small, and hides well enough on a lower shelf. For those obsessed with space it’s rounded up L 13in x W 7 in x H 2.5in.
- A riser – it goes in the grow tray for keeping the mat at the edge of the water line, it’s not yet made from recycled materials, but they’re working on it.
- Three seed quilts, each quilt consists of:
- A coconut coir (fiber) mat, which is super smart. Coconut coir is amazing at retaining moisture, relatively inexpensive, and renewable.
- Grow medium – Camille, the co-founder who is just awesome to chat with on the website indicated this is their secret sauce, it contains the seeds, housed about what their y grow medium (most likely a proprietary mix of nutrients to catalyze germination) and a cover (potentially to help retain moisture in days 1-4) that holds it all together with some light adhesive.
All in all a pretty nifty minimalist, reusable design that gets you sowed and planted in about 15 minutes. Put in 3 cups of water, place the seed quit in, pat it down so it starts absorbing moisture leave it to do it’s thing.
Hamama Greens gets you growing in no time.
In any case, we followed the instructions and put everything together on Saturday morning-ish. By Monday, we could see some growth, Tuesday the seed pods (or areas that held the seeds started getting a bit larger, Wednesday we had some growth and first signs of green, the cover was also starting to come off. By Thursday, the microgreens had popped through the cover and started to come out. I tried one, and it was delicious. Friday they went on the windowsill, and Monday they were harvested.
Aside from one corner which grew a bit awkward, we had delicious microgreens grown on our bottom shelf in just over a week. One thing I noticed about the Hamama kit is that the 3 cups of water just weren’t enough for our apartment and the entire thing had evaporated meaning I had to add water on two occasions. More to do with our apartment I imagine than with the kit, but if you’re growing these little guys yourself be mindful of it.
In any case, we love the kit, we’re growing our second quilt now, and the microgreens made for a delicious and nutritious addition to tonight’s salmon dinner, and speaking of nutrition, here’s some additional info we found for you about microgreens.
The first scientific analysis of nutrient levels in edible microgreens has found that many of those trendy seedlings of green vegetables and herbs have more vitamins and healthful nutrients than their fully grown counterparts. A report on the research appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Recommendation: A resounding yes! Most importantly, the product works, it’s relatively inexpensive and provides you with about the freshest microgreens money can buy, because they are simply put “shelf-to-table”. Price wise, I’d like to say they’re less expensive than what you’d get at your local whole foods or premium supermarket, but I just don’t know if that’s the case. Market wise, microgreens are selling for $2/oz, and since we lack a scale at home we just don’t know how much weight wise we managed to harvest. Nonetheless, Hamama makes a great product if you prefer to grow your own micro greens than buy them at the store, and you save yourself having to throw out the plastic container. It also makes a great gift for families with kids, and with the holidays around the corner, it’s a shoe in for a good inexpensive present.
Ranking is based on a five star (*****) scale.
Nutritional Impact: **** Good, microgreens are all nutrients. BUt there’s only so many of them.
Impact on wallet: *** Neutral, costs is more or less on par with what you’d get at the supermarket.
Aesthetics: **** It’s seamless enoughtthat it can hide well on a shelf and grow you garnishings.
Product design: ***** Brilliant, this is where it shines, it’s simple, rewarding, thoughtful, and sustainable.