About Microgreens

What are Microgreens

 

Microgreens are young vegetable or herb greens that are approximately 1 to 3 weeks in growth.  They have an intense flavor and highly concentrated nutrient density - they come in a variety of colors and textures.

Microgreens are different than sprouts, which do not have leaves. Sprouts also have a much shorter growing cycle of 2–7 days, whereas microgreens are usually harvested 7–21 days after germination, usually once the plant’s first true leaves have emerged.

Microgreens Are Nuritious

Microgreens are packed with nutrients and while their nutrient contents vary slightly, most varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper (2, 3 Trusted Source).

Microgreens are also a great source of beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants (4 Trusted Source).

What’s more, their nutrient content is concentrated, which means that they often contain higher vitamin, mineral and antioxidant levels than the same quantity of mature greens (4 Trusted Source). Microgreens contain between 4 and 40 times the nutrient density of their adult counterparts.

Why Microgreens?

To get the recommended daily value of vitamins and minerals, one would need to eat a tremendous amount of fresh vegetables to the point where it’s not feasible for the average Rochester resident.  One could take supplements but nothing can replicate the bioavailability of fresh produce.  Microgreens are the perfect solution to get those nutrients.  Not only are they nutritious, but no dish is complete without an aesthetic fresh pop of microgreens.  There are many ways to use microgreens of course.  They make excellent toppers for any dish, and are an essential ingredient in salads and wraps.  They can be ground into pestos and sauces or incorporated into a high end cocktail.  Not only that but they’re excellent piled on sandwiches and tacos or added to smoothies and shakes. Use your imagination to create the perfect plate!