Where the green grass grows

Cute baby cat plays beside wheatgrass or cat grass

Recently, someone asked me if we are growing cat food here at Verde Juice.   He saw our wheatgrass sprouts and assumed it was catnip.   We are growing as a company, but not in that direction.

From chicken feed to detoxifier of heavy metals, people have found tremendous value in wheatgrass over the centuries.  Wheatgrass can be traced back over 5000 years to ancient Egypt where it was priced for its effect on health and vitality.  It came to the west in the 1930’s when agricultural chemist Charles F. Schnabel began experimenting with young grasses.  He fed them to sick hens, discovering they not only healed quickly, but increased their egg production.

Today, you can find wheatgrass in many health foods stores and cafes.  The potent green juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll, the topic of much interest for its reported ability to neutralize radiation, including uranium, and help the body excrete toxins like mercury, cadmium, dioxins, PCBs.  A 2010 study published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences showed that mice given chlorophyll for mercury exposure excreted twice as much leading to the belief that it can bind to heavy metals in humans, as well.

Wheatgrass juice is also popular because it is packed with concentrated amounts of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, and vitamins A,B, C and E.  Additionally. check out this table comparing the nutrition of wheatgrass juice, broccoli and spinach.

Naturally gluten-free, wheat grass juice leaves many people scratching their heads: how can that be? Gluten is present only in the kernel of the plant, not in the sprout of its grass, which is used for the juice.

How does it taste?  Strong and grassy.  Honestly, I cannot handle a straight shot of wheatgrass myself, but Verde Juice balances wheatgrass with other ingredients like apple/beet or kale/pineapple.  It is incredibly balanced in our juices and a great boost of energy.

Sure Verde grows some of its wheatgrass in house, but we buy and juice about 20 trays a week from local organic farmer Susan Higgens, Sungreen Living Foods.

Verde Juice: wheatgrass for people, not cats.  (Yup, it’s a funny cat YouTube video.)

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