Micro greens intrigue me. So I decided I would try my hand at growing some. I started out with some harvested nasturtium seeds as well as a packet of peas and chives. Since the weather in my neck of the woods is still gorgeous, I could sow them, cover and leave them out in the sunshine. Well, it didn’t take the peas very long to germinate! The nasturtium are coming; the chives are still hiding 😉 I used open pollinated Heirloom pea seeds. Remember also that organic and untreated seeds are best!
I am a huge fan of cooking shows and cooking competitions. I am mesmerized by how absolutely stunning some of the dishes are plated. The ones that I seem to really take notice of are the ones with tiny shoots or leaves of some green or another. As I began researching micro greens, I realized that these tiny plants beautifully adorning these culinary creations are actually nutrient powerhouses! That’s why I had to grow some of my own! Now I wonder why it has taken me so long to discover this.
So here’s what I’ve learned from (Hannigan, n.d):
- First, the definition of a micro green: It is a universal term for any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves and is harvested when the first set of true leaves sprout, the cotyledon growth stage.
- Micro greens are different from sprouts as they are grown in soil whereas sprouts use only water.
- They have more nutrients than sprouts because they absorb more minerals from the soil and also undergo more photosynthesis.
- Micro greens have a very intense flavour of the original vegetable.
- Some popular micro greens are leafy greens like kale, arugula, chard and herbs including basil, cilantro and chives.
- Their nutritional content is a much more concentrated version of the original plant.
I am SO excited about my pea shoots!! These are only 7 days after they were sown. The tiny tendrils are starting to appear!
What a difference a day makes! Here they are at 8 days.
I look forward to sharing some simple ways to include these amazing little greens in your meal planning!
Hannigan, I. (n.d). What Are the Health Benefits of Microgreens? Retrieved from SFGATE: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-microgreens-1456.html