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It’s Fall…Grow Your Own Microgreens!

What are microgreens? Microgreens include both the stems and leaves of a seedling, ranging from 1 to 3 inches in length.  They are super easy to grow indoors, but to make sure that they come from a reputable source, so the seeds are not contaminated. They are not the same as sprouts, which have a greater risk of contamination because they are grown in soil. Conversely, microgreens are grown in water, generally, taking 7-14 days before you can harvest them, although some varieties could take longer.

Benefits of microgreens:

  • Often contain more dense nutrients than adult plant form
  • Contain powerful antioxidants, chlorophyll, and polyphenols as well as minerals and vitamins, which help to prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancers
  • Make your recipes look beautiful and professional
  • Have great versatility to add to recipes such as salads, appetizers, as well as serve as a garnish
  • Seeds are available in a variety of types
  • They are fun to grow!
  • Harvesting them at home makes them less susceptible to nutrient loss due to less time from harvest to consumption.

Examples of Types of Microgreens: You can grow microgreens almost from any type of garden veggie or herb plant. Popular types include:

  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Radish
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Chard
  • Watercress
  • Beet
  • Spinach
  • Radicchio
  • Celery
  • Endive
  • Basil
  • Sunflower
  • Pak Choi
  • Pea
  • Cabbage
  • Leek
  • Daikon Radish
  • Hot wasabi mustard
  • …and more!

How to grow microgreens?

The easiest way to grow microgreens is to obtain a microgreen kit. There are a variety of vendors out there. I love my kit from Hamama® and am splitting the organic seed quilts to grow 2 varieties at a time in one tray. Try this fun way to add some health benefits and make your recipes look and taste great!

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