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Microgreens, who would have thought such a small vegetable could pack such a punch of Flavor and nutrition all in one? We didn't, until we tried for ourselves!
People often ask us, what are microgreens? The short answer to this question is that Microgreens are baby vegetables, not quite sprouts, not quite their full grown counterparts.
So why not eat full grown vegetables or sprouts vs. Microgreens?
There is a multitude of reasons to choose Microgreens over sprouts or full grown vegetables so I'll go on to list just a couple of them!
1. Some Microgreens are up to 40X more nutrient dense than their full grown counterparts.
For example, 1/4 cup of Broccoli Microgreens is the nutritional equivalent of 3.5 cups of Mature chopped broccoli. The same can be said for Mustard Microgreens and Red Cabbage Microgreens as well. They are Jam packed with Antioxidants which help our bodies combat free radicals such as oxidizing stress.
2. Broad spectrum vitamin content. Microgreens are packed with vitamins and minerals they would otherwise use for their own growth.
When the seeds sprout and are exposed to light they begin photosynthesis. All of the nutrients the microgreens need to grow are stored in the first two sets of leaves (Cotyledons). Microgreens are harvested just before the plant uses these nutrients to grow their second set of leaves, leaving the benefits to the consumer.
3. Sprouts, unless commercially sanitized carry a greater risk of foodborne illnesses.
The conditions required to sprout seeds are the same conditions that bacteria and fungi thrive in. E coli and Salmonella are major risk factors with sprouts. In order to mitigate this risk most sprout growers are forced to soak their sprouts in a sanitizing agent.
Microgreens if grown properly are much more sanitary, they are bottom watered and there is no reason to touch the greens throughout the process, until harvest time. The plants themselves get their moisture from below the soil or growing medium, Less moisture = less risk.
3. Microgreens require no chemical fertilizers.
Unlike full grown vegetables Microgreens don't require any supplemental nutrients for their growth. They have everything they need built right into their own seed! Due to deteriorating soil conditions worldwide, farmers and growers alike are have to fertilize their crops, this is partially due to the monoculture practices used by commercial farming.
4. Microgreens although Tiny, pack lots of flavor to go along with their nutrients!
We get a rise out of watching people try Microgreens for the first time. Most people are surprised when they take just a pinch of our microgreens. Arugula, Red Cabbage, Purple Kohlrabi, Broccoli and Mustard have some of the most robust flavor profile, which also explains part of the reason why they are our best sellers.