Do you love delicious, healthy food, and have always wanted to prove you’ve got a green thumb? Then microgreens are the perfect addition to your kitchen! There are a variety of plants out there whose microgreen variants are flavorful! Also, they are an extremely nutritious addition to your recipes. Even better, it takes as little as a couple of weeks to harvest a whole micro crop!

What Are Microgreens?

Most have heard of or even seen these tiny plants, but don’t know what they areor the power those little interesting plants hold. So what are microgreens exactly? Microgreens are the first true leaves of your favorite herbs and veggies, like broccoli, turnips, carrots, spinach, beets, and parsleyto name just a few.  Sometimes called “vegetable confetti”, Microgreens are tiny aromatic, intensely flavorful sprouts that have a higher nutrient content than their larger (more mature) counterparts. When harvested very early, the vegetable shoot becomes a superfood. Their nutrients are 100% bioavailable, meaning the body easily absorbs all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant goodness these tiny shoots have. Microgreens are the healthiest trend, perfect for restaurants or anyone who cooks and wants to make colorful dishes that are full of flavor and nutritional benefits.

Easy to Grow

All you need is a shallow plastic container with a few holes for drainage, some potting mix, and the seeds of choice. To get seeds to sprout even faster, we soak them overnight before planting them. Leave the mini crop under a grow light, outdoors in warmer weather, or beside a sunny windowsill and mist daily. That’s it! The seedlings will sprout and be ready for the plate in as little as two weeks. 

Small but Mighty

Though they may not look like much, microgreens hold the full nutritional valueif not morethan their matured, larger counterparts. The exact nutrient content varies from plant to plant, but most microgreens are rich in iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and copper, as well as being a great source of antioxidants. Nutrients in microgreens have up to nine times the nutrients of the full-grown versions!

Less Is More

Because microgreens are rich in nutrients, eating a handful of radish microgreens, for example, would equate to eating a bushel of the same amount of the full-size veggies, except only one of these options would leave you feeling very full. It’s easy to get the nutrients you need daily when microgreens are a part of your dishes. Advertising nutritious dishes is sure to attract hard-to-reach, health-conscious patrons.

Microgreens Have Macroflavor

Though tiny, the mini herbs and vegetables are rich in flavor, making them a favorite for chefs around the world. A single stem of a tangerine microgreen bursts with citrusy flavor, and, though thin and small in size, the microgreen arugula won’t be missed by your palate thanks to their spicy, peppery taste. Flavors are concentrated in these tiny powerhouses, adding a burst of spice, zest, sweetness, or even bitterness to any dish or drink they’re added to. 

The list of potential microgreens recipes is only growing, as people begin to experiment with using them as dishes rather than just colorful garnishes. Roasted root vegetable fajitas add healthy nutrients in place of shredded lettuce or coleslaw. Peppery microgreens sprinkled on top of a parmesan and ricotta cheese pizza is a healthy option, bursting with flavor in each bite. Microgreen recipes are just waiting to be discovered. 

Interest Is Growing

Microgreens aren’t the only thing steadily growing these days. As more people begin to consider their health, microgreens have been spotted as a trend bound to gain traction. These mini veggies and herbs have been around for a long time, used in fine dining restaurants around the world since the 1980s, but more and more people are beginning to recognize their benefits, become familiar with them, and even request them. 

If you want to bring the farm straight to the table and add microgreens to your kitchen, visit Agri to place an order today.