Our Ashitaba Powder is grown and air-dried by two of the premier organic and biodynamic growers in Northern California. As far as we know, we are the only company selling domestic, biodynamically grown ashitaba.
Ashitaba is perhaps one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet, containing more Vitamin B6 and B12 than your typical green vegetable. Studies indicate that it boosts the "immune" (detoxification) system, is diuretic, enhances stomach and intestine functions, and has anti-fungal properties. It also contains rich stores of potassium and manganese, which help ease diabetes, and it stimulates nerve growth factor (NGF), which is a protein that maintains the health connection between neurons and the brain.
It even has the power to rejuvenate your body’s cell properties, and many people claim they look younger after regular consumption of ashitaba.
In addition, the chalcones, a yellow pigment found in the ashitaba stem, is being intensively studied for its cell-regulating properties. We take special care to harvest the stems along with the leaves to ensure the best nutrient-phytochemical profile.
Ashitaba has a clean, herbaceous, celery-like taste with warm, spicy notes. To use, put a teaspoon or so in a tea bag and steep in hot water for a soothing tea. Sprinkle on salads, eggs, rice and quinoa, buttered popcorn, steamed or roasted vegetables, fish, or chicken. Add to smoothies, soups, stews, pasta, spaghetti sauce – really, anything you enjoy eating!
Our favorite way to use Ashitaba Powder is as a tea with a tablespoon of coconut milk and a teaspoon or so of honey. A dash of cinnamon on top is nice, too.