Also known as vegetable confetti, microgreens are rich in flavour and add a welcome splash of colour to a variety of dishes. Microgreens have steadily gained popularity since their introduction to the California restaurant scene in the 80s.
They pack a nutritional punch despite their small size, often containing higher levels of nutrients than mature vegetable greens. This makes them an excellent addition to any diet.
This article provides a systematic guide on how to grow your own.
Microgreens, what are they?
Microgreens are young vegetables of about 2.5–7.5 cm tall. They are considered baby plants that fall between a sprout and baby green. Microgreens have an aromatic flavour as well as high concentration of nutrients and come in a variety of colours and textures.
Sprouts, which do not have leaves, should not be confused with them. Sprouts also have a much shorter growth-cycle which is usually between 2 – 7 days , whereas microgreens are usually harvested 7 – 21 days after germination once the first true leaves of the plant have emerged.
Microgreens are more similar to baby greens because only their stems and leaves are considered edible. Microgreens are also much smaller but unlike baby greens, they can be sold before harvesting.
Microgreens are very easy to grow because they can be grown in a variety of locations, including outdoors, in greenhouses or even on your windowsill.
Microgreens can be grown at home conveniently. Those of you who are interested in harvesting your own microgreen crops can use the simple steps below to do so.
Grow Your Own Microgreens in 6 easy steps:
Step 1: Fill your container with soil, make sure that it is not overly compressed. Water it lightly.
Step 2: Sprinkle the seed of your choice as evenly as possible on top of the soil.
Step 3: Mist your seeds with water lightly and cover your container with a plastic lid.
Step 4: To keep the seeds moist, check your tray daily and mist some water in as needed.
Step 5: Remove the plastic lid to expose it to light a few days after the seeds have germinated.
Step 6 : Water once a day as your microgreens gain colour and grow. Your plants should be ready for harvest after 7–10 days.
A Simple Recipe of Microgreens
Microgreens are flavourful and can easily be amalgamated into a variety of ways in your diet. Microgreens can be eaten raw, juiced or mixed in a wide range of cold and warm dishes.
Salad using home-grown microgreens:
For the Salad:
1 cup of microgreens
1 orange, peeled and cubed
1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup of shredded carrot
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
For the Dressing:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic (optional)
A pinch of salt and pepper
- If you have some soil on your microgreens, give them a light wash and dry them in a colander. These little ones are very fragile, so they must be treated with the utmost care.
- Place the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir in a little jar your vinaigrette and pour over the salad.