What are microgreens?
Microgreens are very young shoots of salad vegetables harvested once their cotyledons are fully developed. (A cotyledon is the embryonic leaf of seed-bearing plants. This is when you see the first leaf or pair or leaves).
Why try them?
They are tasty, healthy and have very favorable research.
The International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (IJTSRD) September- October 2020 issue explains that microgreens ”pack four to forty times the nutrition content of their mature counterparts.” The article identifies nutritiously dense microgreens as a solution to the undernourished. While many are able to obtain enough calories, it can be a struggle to get enough nutrients for a body to function properly. Microgreens bring the nutrients! Moreover, if you love your planet, microgreens are a feel-good option. The same IJTSRD article points out that experimental data indicates that varieties require “158-236 times less water than a nutritionally equivalent amount of vegetable needs to grow fully.”
What can I expect when I try them?
Here are some examples:
Pea microgreens taste similar to that of whole peas; they are milder, slightly sweet with a nutty undertone. Use them to add a little crunch to dishes with rich and earthy flavors. They are a powerhouse of nutrition and strong antioxidants. Pea microgreens are full of protein and low in fat but high in everything else. They contain protein, fiber, omaga-3, rich in folate, carbohydrates, and vitamins A, C, E B1, B2, B3, B6.
Radish microgreens are crispy with a sweet and pleasantly peppery taste. Depending on the variety, they can read as hot/spicy, so please check on the level of heat we are growing! Radish microgreens are a good source of vitamin C and carbohydrates. They also contain zinc, potassium, folate, manganese, copper, sodium, phosphorus, dietary fiber, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B2, B6, calcium, iron, magnesium and so much more.
Sunflower microgreens taste fresh and crunchy, with a slightly nutty flavor and a nuance of lemon and almond. They offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. Sunflower microgreens are lower in calories and high in nutrition, making them ideal for any healthy snacking. They are a great source of valuable nutrients including proteins, enzymes, folic acid, selenium, lecithin, minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc well as vitamins A, C, Complex D and E.