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The terms salad leaves, sprouts, and baby greens are very well known . But what about microgreens? This scientific term defines a juvenile or a nascent stage in the life of a fully grown plant. The basic difference in all the above mentioned varieties is the duration and method of harvesting. The microgreen phase of a plant is when it starts forming its first set of leaves. Also known as 'vegetable confetti', the tiny, delicate, and very young microgreen leaves are used as an essential ingredient in salads and other foods as garnishing or as a taste enhancer. The tuft-like appearance of microgreens make them an unusual visual and culinary delight. The flavorful and highly nutritious greens grow upto 2 inches tall within as little as 6 days.
Add these to salads, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, wraps, dips and others side dishes for a burst of color and unique flavour.
Now that you know what Microgreens are and can place them somewhere between baby greens and sprouts, let's also inform you of their nutritional value and significance as a super healthy food!
Microgreens are more nutritionally dense than the regular greens. They are replete with flavor, taste, and nutrition! Scientific evidence has proved microgreens to be 40 times more nutritive than the leaves of the same mature plant, grown using the normal potting and harvesting methods. Microgreens pack in a considerably higher percentage of the following nutrients: Vitamin C, E, and K. Lutein and beta-carotene (even more than the carrots!) can be found in abundantly large proportions in Microgreens. Not just loaded but overloaded with five times more carotenoids and micronutrients, microgreens are indeed a super food that grows fast and provides a burst of health and beauty all at the same time!
First off – grow what? Many people are not aware about the different types of microgreens that one can grow. Most often plant growers, new to the concept of microgreens, are confused about which vegetables to grow as microgreens. Let's get those greens out of the bag first. You can grow many types of plants as microgreens: pea shoots, pak choi, purple cabbage, mustard leaves, purple and pink radish greens, basil, corn shoots, amaranth, swiss chard, cilantro, broccoli, beet, sunflower, wheatgrass, brussels sprouts, onions and others.
The variety of seeds, that can be grown as microgreens, currently available at All That Grows consists of, Radish, Onion, Spinach, and Amaranthus
Microgreens are practically an answer to the urban planter's inaccessibility to elaborate farming methods or resources.One can grow them using the urban cultivator appliance, soil-based methods or hydroponics (growing with water and nutrients but without soil).
They are really easy to grow and you can grow them in a dish or a kit at your home, office kitchen or anywhere else, as shown in the videos:
Microgreens are not only famous for their taste, flavor, and nutritional value but also for the ease and the convenience with which one can grow them.
Once grown you can store the microgreens at 38-40 degrees in a closed air-tight container. You can also store these microgreens for at least 5-8 days by refrigerating them. The shelf life can also be increased to two weeks by storing these microgreens properly.
Microgreens are not just a latest trend in the food growing avenue but a trend that can transform our relationship with health and nourishment. So don't think twice, shop for microgreens today!