Microgreens are the tiny seedlings of herbs, greens and some vegetables. You may have grown sprouts in your time which are very good for but for a concentrated nutrient source microgreens pack a powerful punch. And the good thing is they grow fast! So read on how to grow microgreens at home.
Often used as a garnish in restaurants, microgreens can offer a constant supply of home grown 'mini vegetables' all year round and the good news is they can be grown indoors no matter where you live. And, there really is something highly rewarding when you pick your own crop of home grown greens; it is like having your very own mini farm to plate going on! The difference between microgreens and sprouts is that you only eat what grows above the ground, whereas sprouts you eat the root and the shoot.
In a nutshell, microgreens are the seedlings of vegetables such as kale, lettuce, spinach, radish, beetroot, buckwheat, cabbage, herbs, sunflower etc. As well as used for garnish these little greens are full of nutrients although they won't give you the fibre you need as full grown vegetables so use them as part of your overall meal planning. They can also be added to smoothies to add more nutrients.
Microgreens can also give quite an intense flavour despite the size of the seedling. As well they are colourful and great to add as a final touch to a lovingly prepared meal. Even the humble boiled egg can be enhanced with a sprinkling of microgreens.
You can buy kits to grow your own microgreens or you can make up your own.
HOW TO GROW MICROGREENS
You will need:
A shallow tray, or pots. I recycle little plastic tubs. You can even use egg cartons.