December 8th, 2017
If Matt Damon can grow potatoes on Mars then growing green vegetables in
the middle of the Atlantic Ocean would be easy, right?
The answer is actually yes, with very little effort a small amount of
preparation, the right seeds, and a small amount of space in indirect light
a surprising number of nutritious micro greens can be ready for eating in
Having already experimented with sprouting seeds on a previous race with
mixed results plan B was formed.
Small packets of organic micro greens which include rocket, alfalfa, mung
beans, fenugreek and basil have been placed in shallow trays on top of damp
kitchen paper (needs to be unbleached) and then placed on a sill in
indirect sunlight. Each morning they are given a little water, turned
every other day and then cut ready for eating in wraps or salads and that
is really as hard as it gets.
The most important thing is to eat them as they are cut, they don’t last
unless you have the luxury of a fridge on board.
Sprouting organic chickpeas and lentils after a day of soaking in water
make really good snack finger foods.
I have done a few races now on a few different boats, without reservation I
can confirm without a shadow of a doubt that meals on Hatha Maris in
comparison would have been awarded a Michelin Star.
If you didn’t know by now, Italians love and honour the food they eat, from
breakfast right through to pre-dinner aperitivo, yes you heard me right,
for example thinly sliced carpaccio and zucchini soaked in lemon juice with
a side of anchovies and pomegranate, If you don’t believe me, then go to
the Second Star Facebook site in a few weeks time and see some of our
In Lanzarote, I met up with a fellow provisioner, their trolley 300
oranges, 100 5 lt bottles of water and 2 trollies of noodles to rehydrate….
by comparison our provisioning was so yummy that another boat took the
delivery and we had to fight to get our food back!!!!
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