Microgreens are a tiny form of young edible greens produced from vegetable, herb or other plants.
Pack a Nutritional Punch!
Research suggests that microgreens offer a concentrated amount of nutrients which means, TINY IS HUGE!!!
“The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. “ -The results are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
They are NOT SPROUTS! Microgreen seeds are planted and grown in soil or a soil substitute. They are cut above the soil surface and packed without any roots. The seeds used to grow microgreens are the same seeds that are used for full sized herbs, vegetables and greens. Microgreens are simply seedlings that are harvested before they develop into larger plants.
They range in size from one to one and a half inches long, including the stem and leaves. A microgreen has a single central stem and two fully developed cotyledon leaves – usually one pair of very small, partially developed true leaves. The typical stem and leaf configuration for micro greens is about 1” to 1½” in height, and ½” to 1“ in width across the top.
Microgreens can have surprisingly intense flavors considering their small size, though not as strong as mature greens and herbs. Microgreens are used as a fresh flavor accent. Microgreens’ delicate, fresh appearance adds beauty and dimension combined with a range of distinct flavor elements. They range in flavor from mild to slightly spicy and are easy to incorporate into your meals.
Nutrients & Health Benefits:
These crisp greens offer you the essential vitamins C, E and K.
They’re also a source of antioxidant compounds to support healthy skin and vision.
Your risk of developing cancer or heart disease may even be decreased due to the nutrients in microgreens.
To maintain the nutrient content of microgreens, eat them fresh and raw.
They make nutritious and decorative garnishes for meat, fish, omelets or soup.
You can also toss microgreens into a salad or eat them alone as a mini-salad.
Try putting them on sandwiches and burgers instead of lettuce.