The Dense Nutrients Of Microgreens
Last year Kale was the buzzword for all health and juicing fanatics, but move over, because the new kids on the block are microgreens.
They say the best things in life come in small packages and how true that is when it comes to the dense micronutrient value of microgreens. Plus you can easily grow microgreens in as little as 7 days, with the right equipment, unlike the long growing cycle of larger leafy vegetables like kale and spinach.
Microgreens: A Powerful Superfood
The exact definition of microgreens is “The first shoots of leaf plants such as Arugula, Swiss Chard, Mustard and beetroot” which means, once the plant has grown past its first leaf shoots it no longer is defined as a microgreen.
It has never been easier to grow these power plants, especially if you live without space to grow traditional crop plants. With a few small key kit ingredients, you could be on your way to supplying yourself with baby shoots all year round. A MicroGreen is also able to absorb light (unlike a sprout) giving them a high chlorophyll content. How good does that sound?
Why Are Microgreens So Dense In Nutrients?
Here comes the science bit.
A seed contains all the genetic code and power for it to mature into a fully grown plant, so already the seed is packed with dense nutrients, but shortly after sprouting, the vitamin content drastically increases when enzymes become activated, proteins are then converted to amino acids and the starches get broken down into simple sugars. These sugars make the nutrients more readily available to the body, which makes the tiny seedlings so tasty and good for you.
Unlike a sprout, a microgreen has the added benefit of being able to draw up the minerals through the soil or growing medium, which is why growing organic, is so important when consuming microgreens.
Microgreens or Sprouts
To the uneducated, a microgreen and sprout may seem like the same thing.
“They are both just baby vegetables, right?”
Despite what most people may think, sprouts and microgreens are very different in taste, texture and are both grown in different ways.
Another big technical difference is that a sprout and microgreen are at very different stages of the growing cycle when consumed.
Very little light is needed to sprout a seed, but to grow your microgreens, you need an excellent supply of sunlight or a growing lamp to achieve the rapid growth taken by a seed in its early growth phase.
Both sprouts and microgreens are very nutritious and good for you, so there lies a similarity. A word of caution for sprouting is that the humidity needed to sprout a seed is also a breeding ground for bacteria, so sprouts need to be washed daily during the short sprouting journey.
Grow Your Own
If you are interested in growing your own microgreens, we can show you how. Once you get started, you’ll get hooked on how easy it can be to provide yourself with a year-round supply of power packed greens.
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- Louise Sullivan