What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are vegetable tiny edible greens, grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. Because of their dainty feels and notable flavors, they are commonly used by dining chefs to increase the attractiveness of the dishes. One can also add microgreens in salads or soups. There are many health benefits of microgreens that we will dicuss later in the section.
Microgreens can be harvested when they are young, generally when they are seven to fourteen days old and an inch tall.
Tips for growing Microgreens at home:
The most common plants used for growing Microgreens are:
- Salad Green
How to Grow Microgreens:
- South-facing window with plenty of sunlight is the first and best recommendation for growing Microgreens.
- Use a container which is at least two inches deep and fill it with organic soil.
- Now scatter seeds over the soil and spread them evenly. As they grow only an inch tall so you can plant more accordingly.
- Now cover the seeds with oil again and sprinkle fresh water on it and place it near the window where it gets sufficient light.
- All done well, the seeds will start growing within 1-2 days and will be ready to harvest within one to two weeks.
- Cut them from the top of the soil level and wash them evenly with filtered water.
Microgreens are ready to use. You can have them as salads or even use it to garnish soups or any other dish.
Health benefits of Microgreens:
- Rich source of Vitamin C, and E:
Microgreens are a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps in healing wounds faster and also enhances your immune system. Vitamin E present in Microgreens helps in the production of red blood cells and also fights with the disease-causing heart problems.
- Rich source of Vitamin K:
Microgreens also contain Vitamin K which is considered as a good source for bones health. It helps improve bone density and reduces the risk of getting osteoporosis. Vitamin K also reduces nose bleeds and treats bleeding gums.
- Rich source of Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are a great source for helping in the repair of damaged cells caused by free radicals. In order to maintain a good diet and health, consuming Microgreens in your salad is the best alternative.
Precautions with Microgreens:
Microgreens have no side effects but as they come from a wide range of vegetables and herbs. If you are allergic to that vegetable or herb you should avoid the intake of Microgreens in your diet. Also, if after consumption of Microgreen, you find some allergic reactions, stop taking it immediately and consult a doctor.
Remember, Microgreens can provide some good health benefits, but it can not replace your medicine (if taking any). It is good to include Microgreens in your regular diet as it is a good source of Vitamins and other nutrition.
Also, Microgreens are free from any chemicals as they spend very less time with soil. This cut down the use of any pesticides in their growth.
One can combine Microgreens with salads, soups, omelet and vegetables and even some fruit. They have a great taste and smell, which can add some good textures to your food. And as it doesn’t take much of your effort to grow as discussed above, so anyone can grow it in the home very easily.
One should eat Microgreens immediately after the harvest as they began to lose their nutritional value soon after you harvest. To reap the benefits of Microgreens should be consumed fresh.