A World of Flavor in Every Box.
Discovery Box is a monthly subscription box filled with foods from the Rediscovered initiative’s 25 crops list and more. With your subscription, you’ll receive an assortment of both fresh and processed ingredients each month.
We’ve scoured the planet for these foods so you don’t have to. After sampling foods from Discovery Box, you’ll also be able to reorder your favorite items and future support those crops and your enjoyment.
About Discovery box
Across the globe, there are scores of foods that lie outside of the mainstream, especially in Western culture. These foods not only represent new opportunities for flavor discovery, but immense value to the local communities and natural ecosystems where they originate.
The Lexicon of Sustainability created the Rediscovered initiative as a way to increase awareness and consumption of some of these underutilized crops. The organization published a map of over 25 key crops that have the power to combat hunger, respond to climate change, promote biodiversity, and support healthier and more secure food systems.
Every product comes direct from the areas where they are grown and processed, with all profits returning back to the people who make them. All producers dictate the types of foods and processing methods used to best showcase the bounty of their home region.
Discovery Box is for anyone who’s passionate about discovering and supporting new foods and the places where they come from. Our mission is to build worldwide demand for these crops in a way that promote those economies and help those communities thrive.
Concept Inspired By...
Discovery Box was inspired by the following movements, technologies, and trends in food today.
Agrobiodiversity: A measure of the diversity of organisms in an ecosystem. In nature, where biodiversity exists, the system is typically more resilient to threats such as disease and pests. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations defines Agrobiodiversity as, “The variety and variability of animals, plants and microorganisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. It comprises the diversity of genetic resources (varieties, breeds) and species used for food, fodder, fibre, fuel and pharmaceuticals. It also includes the diversity of non-harvested species that support production (soil microorganisms, predators, pollinators), and those in the wider environment that support agro-ecosystems (agricultural, pastoral, forest and aquatic) as well as the diversity of the agro-ecosystems.”
Regional Flavor: Locally made packaged food products have been in existence since the the dawn of the packaged food industry. However, with the Green Revolution, we lost that sense of place behind a lot of packaged food. Food was simply manufactured and the origins of the ingredients were obfuscated behind opaque ingredient labels. But the movement to bring back food that tastes like a region is back. More and more food producers are creating products that tout a certain crop or animal’s geography as a key component to the story and taste.
Sample Organizations: Inna Jam, Anson Mills, Washington State University Bread Lab
Read More: Modern Farmer (http://bit.ly/2r4IznD)