Microgreens have often been relegated to the role of garnishes or mere additions to salads. However, delving deeper into their nutritional profile reveals a wealth of benefits. To shed light on the potential of microgreens, let’s address the 5 most frequently asked questions about them.
What are microgreens?
Microgreens are miniature leafy greens renowned for their dense nutrient content, often described as “matured” sprouts. Typically measuring between 1 to 1 ½ inches in length, they are cultivated and harvested within one to two weeks. Originating in culinary practices during the 1980s, microgreens boast a variety of flavours, each distinct to its specific type. While they may resemble sprouts, they undergo further growth, differentiating them from their younger counterparts.
Are microgreens sprouts?
Yes and no. Microgreens share a connection to sprouts as their matured counterparts, akin to how Brie Mazurek of CUESA likened them to “the youngsters” of the produce world, slightly older than sprouts. However, they possess unique attributes in terms of cultivation, harvest, taste, and nutritional value, setting them apart from traditional sprouts.
Are microgreens good for you?
Certainly. While not making definitive claims, studies suggest that microgreens surpass sprouts in nutritional value. For instance, red cabbage microgreens contain significantly higher levels of absorbic acid (Vitamin C) compared to their mature counterparts, exhibiting potential health benefits. Similarly, broccoli microgreens contain sulforaphane, known for its positive effects on various health aspects such as cancer prevention, inflammation reduction, and cardiovascular health.
How are microgreens harvested?
Microgreens are typically harvested after one to two weeks of growth, once they reach an average length of 2 inches. Harvesting involves cutting the stems just above the soil line. As the roots remain embedded in the growing medium (soil, mat, or coir), they are not consumed. A sharp knife or scissors is necessary for precise cutting.
Can microgreens regrow?
No. Since microgreens are harvested by cutting the entire plant above the roots, they lack the ability to regenerate themselves.
Delving into the world of microgreens unveils their remarkable nutritional prowess. With their versatility and health benefits, incorporating microgreens into your diet can elevate your culinary experience while promoting overall well-being.