There are a variety of benefits to growing microgreens indoors. In addition to being a fancy edible garnish for meals, they are packed with a variety of nutritional benefits. With The Grow Book™, growing microgreens inside has never been easier. All you need to do is plant the seeds, plug in The Grow Book, and grow delicious microgreens!
Microgreens are harvested early in the seedling stage, which gives them a unique and intense flavor. Harvesting microgreens at the right time and doing so properly is essential — just as they are delicious, these micro herbs and vegetables are fragile during their harvesting stage, so it is important to be careful when harvesting, cleaning, and storing your microgreens. When properly harvested, cleaned, and packaged, many varieties of microgreens can last for several days in the fridge, though when practical, it is best to harvest the plants and herbs as late in the game as possible so that your plants lend a healthy, robust look to your dish or entree.
Typically, once two small leaves appear, microgreens are ready for harvesting. Each type of microgreen has a different harvesting time, but usually the herbs and vegetables first true leaves unfurl about seven to 14 days after germination. The easiest way to harvest microgreens is snipping the plant with a pair of scissors right about the soil like as soon as those first leaves appear.
Trimming microgreens can be more complex than you think. Many people tend to make the mistake of cutting off only the primary leaves. Sometimes, however, the plants will require a bit more exacting. When trimming the greens, it is essential to be careful, trying to avoid squeezing or crushing the plants as you go. Using sharpened scissors or knives will help prevent any tearing or bruising. Once you have carefully trimmed the microgreens, start the cleaning process by laying down a damp paper towel on a flat surface near your sink or other rinsing areas. Give each green a quick dip in cool water, placing them each on the towel afterward. Be sure to spread out plants so that they are not touching one another. This step should be done quickly as you don’t want to have the harvested greens staying at room temperature for too long.
Whether greens are harvested in the first couple weeks or when they are mature and fully grown, they will last significantly longer if they are properly stored. Microgreens should be kept between damped paper towels that are cold and placed in a resealable bag or container. When stored this way, they will last about a week when placed in the fridge. The greens should be covered up and refrigerated until they are ready to be used so that they don’t dry out or wilt
when it is time to use them.
Sure, microgreens are used as fancy garnishes, but you shouldn’t limit their use at just that, especially with all the flavor, texture, and visual appearance that allows for so much more. With essential vitamins and minerals, microgreens are incredibly nutritious and can hold up to four to six times more healthy nutrients than the mature, fully grown vegetables. Here are some common ways to use microgreens:
Sandwiches can often be rich and heavy, and using microgreens is a great way to add a burst of flavor and freshness, balancing out earthier flavors while providing extra nutritional value. Using microgreens in sandwiches can also provide a compliment through an added crunch of texture. Using microgreens in sandwiches can also provide a compliment through an added crunch of texture. Switch up the microgreens you use depending on the ingredients included on your sandwich to take its flavor to the next level.
Salads that include microgreens are both delicious and nutritious. Because different microgreen varieties hold such different flavors and textures, they can be combined to create salads with a light and sweet flavor, or a bit more of a bitter taste depending on personal preference. Use them in lieu of your usual lettuce to spruce up your lunch salads or add a punch to your salad by adding microgreens like cabbage or daikon radish.
Smoothies are refreshing, great-tasting beverages that can help you live a healthier lifestyle. In addition to adding more texture, microgreens can help natural smoothies taste less bitter. Plus, even though they are smaller, with each microgreen added you are putting in more nutrients and fewer greens. Using microgreens in smoothies and shakes will not only add more flavor, but they will also make them healthier.
The uses for microgreens are seemingly endless. They are often used in breakfast foods, such as eggs, potatoes,toast, wraps, sushi, soups, and other entrees and dishes. Although fragile, microgreens are flavourful and can compliment any dish. Of course, they make powerful and delicious garnishes, but they are far more than just for looks.
If you want to start growing and using microgreens in your meals, the best way to grow vegetables indoors is by using The Grow Book™. This mini indoor herb garden is no bigger than a book, but it was made to produce high-quality micro greens with ease —you don’t need to have a green thumb to grow healthy and delicious greens! Order your Grow Book today and begin growing healthy superfoods in the comfort of your own home!
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