With dark green, creased leaves & crimson stems and veins that are sweet in flavour, Red Chard is a powerhouse of nutrition. Also known as Rhubarb chard, it contains high levels of vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene and the minerals manganese and zinc. Red Chard one of the few microgreens that has betalain. Betalain pigments help in detoxification process in the body. This variety of chard is adaptable to sun or shade. Besides adding an eye catching color to your food, Red chard microgreens also give a sweet earthy richness that pleases your palates as well.
Growing guide for Red Chard Microgreen Seeds
Take a flat shallow tray or a garden pot that is at least 4-5 inches deep.
Fill it with clean potting/garden soil mixed with some manure or vermicompost.
Spread the seeds evenly and densely on the soil surface and cover them with a thin layer of soil (or sand).
Allow the seeds to germinate for 4-6 days, keeping them in shade.
Expose your seedlings to sunlight and air as and when most of them start to sprout from the soil surface.
Find a balcony or a kitchen spot that receives good sun and air.
You can use fresh garden soil, cleaned of any impurities or pebbles. Microgreens also grow well in hydroponics. Mix the soil with 30% manure or vermicompost for better results.
Microgreens need 4-5 hours of good sunlight. A bright sunny spot near a window or a kitchen shelf is an ideal one.
Water this plant regularly without letting the soil dry out completely. Water should not splash on the tiny seeds directly. The soil is to be kept moist from the sides using a water spray or a can. Prefer watering your microgreens twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening, depending on the room temperature
how to harvest
Microgreens are easy to grow and the harvest gets ready in around 7-12 days.
The shoots can grow upto 3 inches long, but can be harvested early according to your requirement.
Take a sharp scissor or knife and cut the shoots just above the soil surface carefully, without affecting the roots.
Make sure to not harvest your crop immediately after watering the plant. Keep the medium dry 4-5 hours before the harvest.
Rinse the cut shoots with warm water and consume immediately for maximum benefits.