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Frequently asked questions

 

 

We've done our best to gather information on the most commonly asked questions.

However if you have a question, feel free to drop us an email!

  • Why the change to Extract?
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    This year we are reclassifying our product as a dietary supplement. The official transition took place in the fall of 2013. There are several reasons for this transition, however the primary reason is to reflect our belief that the product is more aptly described as a supplement then as a juice. Juices are typically consumed in larger quantities, stored in a liquid state, and are consumed as a refreshing drink, or a drink accompanying a meal. Our product is primarily consumed for its nutritional content.

     

    Aside from incremental improvements in our manufacturing process (as it has continued to develop over the years) little has changed in the way we produce our wheatgrass. It is and always will be 100% Wheatgrass.


  • Why does your WheatGrass taste so different?
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    Evergreen’s grass is grown outdoors in the soil and sunshine.  Matured and sweetened by having a deeper root structure, the grass matures past being a sprout into a deep green leafy vegetable.  The simple sugars of the sprout mature into complex carbohydrates giving it a smooth taste that many compare to green tea or watermelon rind.

  • Is organically grown food considered healthier than conventionally grown food?
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    The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products.  A big difference is in soil fertility.  Organic farms rotate their crops which add to the nutritious value of the food you are eating to ensure you get more vitamins and minerals in the same volume of food.
     
    Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution.  We don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, or control weeds.  For example, rather than using chemical weed killers, we rotate our crops, till between the rows, and use the old fashion method of hoeing in the fields.  If you see a field with no weeds, most likely there has been use of some sort of weed kill. If you look closely at our pictures, you will see a few weeds among our grass.
     
    Avoiding pesticides and chemicals is another good reason to eat organic foods as pesticides can be absorbed into the food, and leave trace residues.  When you eat a plant sprayed with chemicals, you may also be eating those chemical residues.
     
    Evergreen is 100% Certified Organic.

  • Why is "Certified Organic" so important and how is that status maintained?
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    • “Certified Organic” means that a product has been audited by an accredited body and complies with all relevant certified organic standards. Being “Certified Organic” means you can be confident about our juice. Evergreen WheatGrass Juice is certified organic with Pro-Cert Organic, which is recognized by the USDA Organic. Evergreen also adheres to the organic standard that prohibits GMOs of any kind. Many companies claim to be organic, but unless they are certified and have proof to back it up, there is really no way to be certain.
    • To maintain “Certified Organic” status, every link in the chain, from the farms to the finished product must comply with, and is inspected to see that the standards are reached. Evergreen implements the HACCP program at our plant.

  • Indoor vs. outdoor grown wheatgrass?
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    Many don’t realize that there are two very different types of wheatgrass.  Many are familiar with the sprouted grass they see in juice bars that is grown indoors under artificial lights on a tray in about 7 - 10 days. Indoor grass has a high level of simple sugars which explains the syrupy taste and quick burst of energy that users sometimes experience right after drinking the juice. There can be a nasty bitter after taste and many have instantaneous headaches and nausea within seconds and are told that they are “detoxifying” or having a “healing crisis.”
     
    Evergreen’s founder Dan Tomen originally grew his wheatgrass indoors for many years.  It was common for customers to have instantaneous headaches and nausea within seconds after drinking, but had been told this was a symptom of “detoxifying or a healing crisis.”  After one customer had a serious anaphylactic reaction, who was also sensitive to mold, he couldn’t deny that the maybe the two were connected.  He concluded that the risks of reactions from the mold that grew on his trays out weighed the benefits, so he then shut down his wheatgrass business.
     
    Farmers know that approximately 7 - 10 % of seed doesn’t germinate, and it will start to rot and form mold, but that isn’t an issue as the sun will kill it quickly.  When wheatgrass is grown inside on trays, they lose the advantage of the sunshine and the space around the seeds.  Usually the seeds are so close together that the roots of the seeds that have germinated will absorb the mold from the ungerminated seeds directly into the plant and it cannot be washed off.  Some trays will germinate better than others, and there are many diligent growers who work very hard trying to prevent mold by using good circulation and other methods, but if the juice has a bitter taste and if there is any sort of reaction that is the sign that it does contain mold.

  • Is Evergreen considered Kosher?
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    Evergreen is Kosher and is under the supervision and pareve of Michigan Kosher Supervisors.
     
    23610 Gardner
    Oak Park, MI
     48237 USA 

  • Does freezing kill the enzymes?
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    Much of our grass is planted in the fall, and will grow a few inches before winter blankets it with snow. If freezing killed enzymes (the life force) then our grass wouldn’t continue to grow in the spring after thawing.
     
    Freezing extends the life because it slows down the oxygenation which degenerates and immobilizes the life force, that is released upon thawing. Many frozen vegetables are blanched before freezing to kill the enzymes and add shelf life. Evergreen does not do that.
     
    Evergreen uses a blast freezer to quickly freeze the product.  Analysis after freezing shows that all nutrients are preserved, especially the chlorophyll. 

  • Can Evergreen WheatGrass be used for pregnant and nursing women?
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    Most grass eating mammals have no problems producing milk.
    We find many of our moms say that their milk is very rich. (Marshmellow root is also good for milk production.)  
     
    Grass is considered to be nutritionally complete, which expains how so many mammals can  live on only grass as their primary sustenance.  We do recommend that you speak to your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

  • How do I know if the product may have melted before I buy it?
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    Evergreen does everything possible to maintain the quality of our product, but it does pass through several hands before it gets to you. The trays are frozen upside down, so that the frozen cube is touching the lidding. If the product melted somewhere in transit, the cube will fall into the bottom of the tray, so it makes it easy to see if there was any melting. Note that sometimes there may be a small spot of brown on the lidding, from where the plastic was sealed to the tray.
     
    Some store freezers have a defrost mechanism on the bottom that heats up. We strongly advise that stores do not place it on the bottom of the freezer. If you think you have received a box that has melted, please return it to the store for refund.

  • How much can I take?
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    The average person can take 2-4 cubes daily. People in health crisis can take up to a box a day.  We do recommend taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If taken too late in the day, it might tend to keep you awake.

  • Does Evergreen produce a wheatgrass or barley powder?
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    Evergreen has chosen to produce only the fresh frozen wheatgrass juice in order to retain the highest level of raw chlorophyll.
     
    There are two companies called Pines and Amazing Grass who produce excellent powders.

  • Can I take wheatgrass juice when I am allergic to wheat?
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    Wheat matures from a grain to a sprout, to a vegetable and then back to a grain that we use in bread and baked goods. Since we catch it in the third stage, it doesn’t contain gluten (a protein found in the grains of wheat, barley and rye). At this stage it is a vegetable - not a grain: it does not contain gluten. This means it is a safe food, even for those with wheat allergies. At this time, when it looks like common grass, it is harvested, juiced and frozen. 

  • Is the packaging BPA free?
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    Yes. It is entirely free of Bisphenol-A, and we encourage you to recycle your used packaging!