Sprouting Up in Little Haiti: Fullei Fresh Marketplace

April 13, 2018
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Manny Wong of Fullei Fresh
Manny Wong of Fullei Fresh

Tiny, tasty sprouts – the nutrient-rich squiggles of broccoli, beets, alfalfa, green pea, radish or sunflower – to name a few – add crunch and flavor to salads, sandwiches, omelettes and juices. Fullei Fresh, a Miami company that’s been growing sprouts for 40 years, wants to educate consumers about these healthy veggies at their new marketplace.

“The Fullei Fresh Marketplace is a place where people can gain knowledge of how to eat better and feel better, learn ways to improve their health, and be able to enjoy an optimal life style by staying healthy,” says Manny Wong, whose father started growing bean sprouts in Havana in 1938. In 1978, Wong started growing bean and soy sprouts and tofu. Today, Fullei Fresh focuses on bean and soy sprouts, along with more than a dozen varieties of green sprouts grown hydroponically indoors without pesticides, additives or preservatives.

“We place a heavy emphasis on food safety and the implementation of the new produce rule,” says Wong. “In recent times and ongoing when needed, we have provided education and conducted training for the government regulators, the sprouts industry and sprouts buyers.”

Fresh beet sprouts atop maizita
Wok Star Eleanor Hoh shows how to make bean sprouts
Photo 1: Fresh beet sprouts atop maizita
Photo 2: Wok Star Eleanor Hoh shows how to make bean sprouts

The new marketplace will feature monthly health and wellness talks, plant-based cooking classes, activities and giveaways, plus healthy food and drinks, with wheat grass shots and juicers available for purchase. Part of Fullei Fresh’s goal is to let consumers know about the health benefits of sprouts. “Sprouts are packed with more nutrients than full-grown vegetables,” says Wong, adding that the tiny vegetables are harvested when they’re usually 3-4 days old.

Beet sprouts (foreground)

Visit Fullei Fresh Marketplace’s monthly open houses from 10am-4pm.
Fullei Fresh
400 NE 67th St, Miami, FL 33138

Article from Edible South Florida at http://ediblesouthflorida.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/sprouting-little-haiti-fullei-fresh-marketplace
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