If you have ever been to a classy restaurant or have been served fancy toast at a trendy café, you more than likely have eaten microgreens, or at least have moved them to the side of your plate cause you weren’t quite sure whether or not the fancy garnish is edible. However, microgreens are more than just a fancy garnish, they actually have aheaping amount of benefits. Not only do microgreens pack plenty of nutrients, but they are also fairly simple to grow. Add them to meals, smoothies, or add them to dinner entrées to impress guests at a dinner party or gathering.
The Variety of Microgreens
Microgreens are greens that germinate from the seeds of a variety of herbs and vegetables. Microgreens are harvested early in the seedling stage. Typically, once two small leaves appear, microgreens are ready for harvesting. Really, microgreens are just the smaller versions of traditional greens you find in the produce section at a local grocery store or your garden at home.
Microgreens are delicious and bring intense flavors, colors, and textures to many dishes, such as salads, soups, eggs, and a variety of other entrees. Now that microgreens have sparked your interest, you’ll notice that they are all not the same. The small greens are derived from various herbs and veggies such as broccoli, kale, mustard greens, radish, arugula, basil, and cilantro.
Nutritional Value of Microgreens
Since these greens are harvested earlier than the mature, full-grown versions, they are packed with unique nutritional value. Scientific data on the nutritional content of microgreens is limited, but certainstudies have shown that microgreens do contain a higher concentration of nutrients when compared with the mature, fully-grown vegetables or herbs. Many types of microgreens contain Vitamin A, C, E, and K. The studies discovered that varying nutrient levels in each green, based on the growing, handling, and harvesting conditions. But, as compared to the nutritional composition of the mature herbs and vegetables, microgreens were found to have a higher nutritional density. With this in mind, it is safe to say that this fancy garnish serves a greater purpose than just looking pretty.
Growing Microgreens at Home
If you haven’t had much success with gardening, you are in luck — many types of microgreens are fairly simple to grow. Plants like lettuce, radish, or kale, and herbs, such as cilantro, basil, or watercress can be grown with ease. While the growing technique will vary by microgreen plant — indoors versus outdoor and amount of water needed —a sufficient amount of bright light is vital to successfully growing microgreens.
The Best Way To Grow Microgreens At Home
Unlike mature, fully-grown herbs and vegetables, you don’t need a big garden to grow microgreens. In fact, as long as they have the right growing requirements, you can grow microgreens inside.
With The Grow Book™, a modern, eco-friendly microgreen grow kit, you can easily start growing vegetables indoors! The Grow Book was designed to enable everyone to start growing microgreens at home and enjoy the many benefits without any prior gardening experience. All you need to do is plant, plug in, and grow and soon enough you’ll be ready to start harvesting your delicious microgreens! The Grow Book™ is available in a variety of microgreen starter kits, such as theBasil Edition, Salad Edition, andCruciferous Edition. Order your Grow Book today and start enjoying the benefits of growing your own microgreens!