Current Retail: $7.00
Historic Range: $7.00
This is a tasty organic grain blend with a nice earthy flavor and good protein (15 grams per package). I think it's best suited as a side dish. Fishermen, this would sit nicely beside a fire-roasted brook trout!
- Good flavor (if you like mushrooms)
- Decent protein @ 15 grams per package
- Fully organic
- Low in sugar @ 5 grams per package
- Very filling—listed as a single serve package but feeds two
- A little expensive @ $7 US for what I consider a side dish
- Does not stand alone as an entrée, good flavor but needs something added to make a meal
Ingredients: Organic Kamut Khorasan Bulgur Wheat, Organic Bulgur Wheat, Organic Dehydrated Portabella Mushrooms, Organic Shiitake Mushroom Powder, Organic Red Quinoa, Organic Dehydrated Chopped Onion, Salt, Organic Yeast Extract, Organic Onion Powder, Organic Ground Rice Hulls, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Dehydrated Parsley, Organic Black Pepper, Organic White Button Mushroom Powder
- Serving Size 1 pouch
- Servings Per Container 1
- Calories 380
- Total Fat 2.5g (3% Daily Value)
- Saturated Fat 0g (0%)
- Trans Fat 0g
- Cholesterol 0mg (0%)
- Sodium 470mg (20%)
- Total Carbohydrate 81g (29%)
- Dietary Fiber 12g (43%)
- Sugars 5g
- Protein 15g
I’ve bought enough stuff from Patagonia over the years that they keep mailing me the artsy color catalogs every season. You know, the ones showing people that are way cooler than you and are doing cool things in cool places...
When I first saw their advertisement for Patagonia Provisions it caught my eye. I’m a fan of their apparel products and their top-shelf customer service, so I was curious what kind of food product an (mostly) outdoor apparel company would produce. So when Trailspace offered the chance to review some of them I was happy to accept.
Preparation and packaging
Like all the Patagonia Provisions products I’ve tried so far this is not a cook-in bag product, and that works for me as I don’t like to eat of bags. Preparation is simple and easy: add contents to one cup of boiling water, cover, and wait 10 minutes. In my testing it cooked perfectly per instructions.
I liked the flavor and the word that keeps coming to mind is "earthy" and that stands to reason as this is a mushroom dominant dish. The grains and quinoa compliment the triple mushrooms well (portabella, shitake, white button). The seasoning is well done and though 470mg of sodium is a lot, it didn’t taste overly salty; I think it was a good choice with these ingredients as it draws out the mushrooms' natural flavor well.
This dish will fill you up for sure, but ironically, it’s best suited as a side. I experienced what I can only describe as an odd food-fatigue when trying to eat this as a stand-alone meal. I couldn’t finish it. It tasted good, but I could just not get through that much grain in a sitting. It sat heavy on my belly for whatever reason.
The texture is exactly what you would expect from a grain dish and from looking at the pictures; it’s soft but still a bit grainy.
I'm an avid backpacker with over 8,000 miles of trekking in the last decade. I've tried many, many brands of dehydrated food over the years. I was sent two packages of this grain mix to review and purchased another two packages specifically for a fishing trip; I've eaten it three times.
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps
(Samples for testing and review provided by Patagonia)