What Are Microgreens?
Basically, Microgreens are tiny edible versions of many vegetables and herbs that are approximately 1–3 inches (2.5–7.5 cm) tall. They are the immature version of vegetables that are packed with a lot of great flavors and nutrients! Research has shown that microgreens do contain a higher concentration of many nutrients when compared with the mature, fully grown vegetables or herbs. We often see different kinds of microgreens as an addition of texture, color, and flavor to several dishes. These Microgreens, also known as vegetable confetti, are rich in flavor and add a splash of color to a variety of dishes.
The varieties available since their introduction has grown immensely. During those days only arugula, basil, beets, kale, and cilantro existed. That number has grown to over 25 varieties now.
With Microgreens, you harvest them just one to two weeks after they’ve germinated (started to grow out of their seeds). The picture above are Barley Seeds which are ready to germinate at Bale Verde — Greengold Farms’ Modern Smart Greenhouse.
After a week, Barley Microgreens are ready to harvest (Pictures above). The good thing with growing Microgreens is that it is quick, easy and convenient, regardless of your amount of experience in the farm or garden. Now, let’s dig in deeper with these remarkable tiny greens. I compiled some of the amazing health benefits of consuming Microgreens:
Health Benefits of Microgreens
1. Reduce Disease Risk
It has been a fact that vegetables have been a strong source of nutrients. Microgreens are a rich source of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease. All of the microgreens are an excellent source of polyphenols and nutrients, so you really can’t go wrong.
2. High in Nutrients
In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, microgreens contained between four to 40 times more nutrients by weight than their fully grown counterparts. Hence, consuming these Microgreens can ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need to maintain optimal health.
3. Fast and Easy to Grow
In growing your Microgreens, you won’t need to invest to have a big garden or farm to have these flavorful greens. You just need to have water, soil, seeds and a little sunlight to start up with your own Microgreens. The way we grow our Microgreens, we use either Vermicast or Cocopeat as our growing medium. Also, one amazing thing about growing Microgreens is that the waiting time for them to grow is just 7-14 days after germination.
The nutritional view of each Microgreen depends greatly on the type of Microgreen you are eating. For Barley – which we have grown here, it may not be as popular as other Microgreens, still it has some impressive health benefits. It is very high in fiber content, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, plus a very good source of molybdenum, manganese, dietary fiber, and selenium. It also serves as a good source of the copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin – these are just some of the Barley nutrition benefits that make it one of the best microgreen choice.