One of the most popular additions to any gourmet meal, microgreens are a tiny type of crop that pack an enormous punch. Microgreens continue to be favored by chefs for their intense flavor, color, and nutritional value. Farmers love these tiny greens because they are profitable and in high demand.
What Are Microgreens?
You have seen these little greens mixed into salads and topping plates as a garnish, but what exactly are microgreens? They are the seedlings of various vegetables and herbs including arugula, basil, beets, and wheatgrass. There are more than 25 varieties of microgreens.
Of course we love microgreens because they are dainty and beautiful. More importantly, research has shown that microgreens are packed with essential vitamins like lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamins C, E, and K. The miniscule seedlings contain up to 40 times more nutrients than mature plants. The best part is that their complex flavors are also delicious.
Why Should I Grow Microgreens?
There are so many reasons to start growing microgreens today. Here are a few of our favorite reasons:
- They are delicious!
- Microgreens are ready for harvest in as few as 5 days.
- They are expensive to purchase, but fairly inexpensive to grow.
- You can grow microgreens indoors and in a small space all year round.
- Add a gourmet touch and intense pop of flavor to any dish with homegrown microgreens.
- Improve your diet by adding microgreens to smoothies or eating as a snack.
How to Grow Microgreens
Luckily, microgreens are fairly simple to grow. Follow these steps and you will be harvesting shortly.
Step 1: Select a few of your favorite microgreens.
Basil, arugula, and radish are popular choices. Think about how you will use the microgreens in your cooking to help you decide. If you can't decide, opt for a blended pack of seeds to give you some variety.
Step 2: Prepare your soil.
Soil is not required for growing microgreens, but we prefer it. Opt for a compost and soil mix or a 50/50 blend of perlite and vermiculite. Without compressing the soil, spread it out on a flat surface, preferably a growing tray.
Step 3: Plant your seeds.
Spread your seeds onto the soil evenly and space out large seeds a bit more.
Step 4: Water your seeds.
Mist your seeds lightly and cover with another tray for a few days. Check on your seeds and lightly mist on a daily basis.
Step 5: Add light.
A few days after you notice that your seeds have germinated, remove the tray cover and allow sunlight exposure. They will begin to green up.
Step 6: Time to harvest.
After a week or so of sun exposure, your microgreens will be ready to harvest and enjoy.
Once you have grown your first harvest, add some additional microgreens to your next crop. Your low maintenance, flavorful, and healthy microgreen garden will become a household favorite perfect for all four seasons.