Holland America Line has announced it is partnering with herb specialist Koppert Cress to grow fresh ingredients onboard the line’s new Koningsdam. The Koppert Cress partnership will enable guests to eat fresh microgreens grown onboard in the Culinary Arts Center while enjoying a farm-to-table-style menu for dinner.
The ingredients will be on display in a glass-enclosed growing area in the reimagined Culinary Arts Center, which also will serve as a dinner venue on Koningsdam. Dinner in the Culinary Arts Center restaurant will provide an immersive farm-to-table experience where chefs prepare simple, artisanal dishes in the show kitchen. Each course will be enjoyed as it’s freshly prepared, with some ingredients harvested by the ship’s chefs from the Koppert Cress growing area just before being served.
Once sown, the seedlings will grow for up to two weeks and then get snipped in their prime for use during dinner in the Culinary Arts Center. The microgreens have distinct flavors like garlic, mustard and licorice, which will enhance the taste of each dish served.