Microgreens have been around for some time now and becoming more popular every day.
Yes, they are coming in a wide range of shapes, sizes and plant varieties.
Some plants that weren't even considered being a micro green have turned the tide, and are now being consumed, such as leafy greens and herbs that are normally cooked in traditional dishes.
Basically any type of leafy green that can be grown, sprouted and consumed at a young age can now be considered a micro green.
I like to call them my miniature salads as that's what they really are, right?
A great place to buy a wide range of microgreens is at the local farmers markets and different varieties are appearing every day.
Below: Sunflower microgreens reach for the light!
Microgreens that commonly harvested are
- Onion family,
- Brassica family,
- Watercress and Bok Choy.
- Herbs also included: Basils, Cilantro, Parsley, Chervil and chives.
All microgreens come with their own health benefits, basically if it’s a Brassica sprouts such as Broccoli it will come with all the major health benefits that the Broccoli plant provides.
But remember, when you eat it straight away it hasn't lost any of its nutrient density.
Most leafy green such as these miniature salads are a great source of Beta Carotene, Iron, Calcium, protein anti oxidants and more.
Because mini salads require minimal sunlight and space they can be grown right on the kitchen window for super easy access.
Home grown micro greens are extremely healthy and possibly even more so then grown by marketers as they are exposed to a lot less pollutants.
You also have more control over the varieties, growing conditions and how much you actually need to grow.
The best bet is to start off small and then expand out over time. This way you will find out which micro greens grow best at your place.
You will also discover how often you will need to sprout plant and exactly how much your family consumes.
So, if you are interested in learning more about growing food at home in small spaces such as these wonderful nutritious microgreens then please subscribe to my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/martysgarden and return often to my website here and this blog!
Happy Gardening and to your fresh food future