While flea marketing last weekend, I came across a vendor selling microgreens. I was so excited, I dragged my husband over and started telling him all about what they were and why they are so good for you. The vendor told me he was surprised that I knew so much about them and that most of his customers don’t understand what it is that he’s selling. I told him he needs signs to educate people, because everyone should know what microgreens are!
If you’re like the majority, according to the vendor, and have no idea what the heck a microgreen is, here’s a quick explanation. Microgreens are the first true leaves produced from a seedling. If you were to allow them to continue to grow you would get a full plant, but microgreens are harvested before that, while the plant is still very young and only 1-3 inches in height. By harvesting and eating young, the flavor is much more intense and the nutritional value is often up to 40% higher than in a full plant. Some of the most popular microgreens to grow include a variety of beans, lentils, alfalfa, barley, wheatgrass, broccoli, radishes, peas, sunflowers, watercress… the list goes on and on!
After purchasing a 3 part salad mix of alfalfa, broccoli and radish sprouts and one the vendor called “popcorn”, I went home and started to research what it would take to grow my own microgreens. Well, it didn’t take long before I realized how simple, quick and inexpensive it is to have a year round supply of microgreens growing right in my own windowsill!
So how easy is it to grow microgreens? Well, if you’ve ever started anything from seed, then you already know how to grow microgreens. You’ll need to purchase sprouting seeds, I like the ones from Planet Natural, they are organic and non-GMO. Any plastic container with drainage holes will work to grow your greens in, I like to use the containers strawberries come in. Fill with potting soil intended for seed-starting and plant your seeds to the depth indicated on your seed packet. To water, spritz with a spray bottle and place near a sunny window. Be sure to keep the soil moist and within 14 days you’ll be ready to harvest your first crop of microgreens!
Ok, so now you know what microgreens are and how easy they are to grow, only one question remains, how do you eat them? The most popular way to eat microgreens is mixed in with salad greens. However, just as there are a vast variety of microgreens so is there a vast variety of ways to use them! Microgreens make a great addition to just about any green smoothie, can be used as a garnish for soups, and are delicious when sprinkled on top of omelettes, pizza, burgers and fish!
I’d love to hear how you enjoy your microgreens, please share in the comments!
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