What the heck are microgreens and why should you add them to your diet? This is the question a lot of folks are asking us lately and it is a good one. So let us try to explain why these petite greens should definitely be thrown into your daily life!
Microgreens are immature plants, harvested approximately 10 days after sowing. Unlike sprouts, microgreens are grown in soils. They are harvested as soon as the first true leaves are fully expanded. Microgreens are much more flavorful than sprouts in that their growing environment is very different. Don’t get me wrong, I love sprouts……..but after I’ve tried microgreens I will never go back to sprouts.
So what’s all the hype? While microgreens are still in their infancy, research is now showing that they are packed with nutrition. In 2014 the USDA Agricultural research service conducted a study to determine if indeed the nutrition in microgreens was higher than that of their mature vegetable counter parts. What did they find? Microgreens have considerably higher (about five times greater) vitamins (C, K and E) and carotenoids than mature veggies. Other studies out of the University of Maryland have shown that microgreens have up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than mature veggies!! All of the nutrients which researchers tested are vitally important for skin, eyes and fighting cancer along with all sorts of other health benefits!
So, if you aren’t convinced yet……come on over to Viles Arboretum Farmers Market this Friday between 2 and 5 and see Harmony. She’ll have several different varieties of microgreens on hand. Try them all!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )