The last couple of weeks one of my lovely stepsisters has been kind enough to share some of the produce from her garden with me. Yesterday I received some freshly cut microgreens and a fairly large container with microgreens that were still planted. She gave me a quick run down on how to harvest them, take care of them, etc. which I was grateful for because I didn’t have a clue. Microgreens are one of those things that I’ve heard of, but really didn’t know much about. Now that I have healthy amount of my own, I figured it would be beneficial to find out more about them. Here’s what I learned:
What exactly are they?
Microgreens are basically a baby plant (harvested at 7-14 days after germination), older than a sprout, but younger than what would be referred to as a baby green. There are many different varieties that do taste different, but they’re generally found to be concentrated in flavor. Some popular microgreens are those from broccoli, kale, peas, and amaranth.
So, what makes them so special?
Microgreens are jam packed with nutrients. The fact that they’re concentrated basically gives you more bang for your buck. There are conflicting studies in regards to how they compare to mature leaves nutritionally, but one study found them to have up to 40 times higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants. This likely varies among the different kinds. Which vitamins and minerals are in high doses will also vary from type to type.
What’s the best way to eat them?
They’re an easy addition to salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Some varieties stand up to heat better than others, but they can be added to cooked dishes towards the end if they’re more sensitive to heat.
So, microgreens aren’t complicated, they’re just really good for you. I guess I just feel like in this day and age where everyone’s nutrient deficient, microgreens are an easy, efficient way to improve our diet. I get my vitamin B12 from fortified nutritional yeast and I’ve just gotten into the habit of sprinkling it on at least one meal a day. I’m hoping to form the same habit with these.