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December 31, 2023
In the world of home gardening, the charm and rising popularity of microgreens are hard to ignore. But what exactly are these vibrant and flavourful greens that have captured the attention of many home gardeners and chefs?
Microgreens are the young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs. These tiny powerhouses stand tall at approximately 1-3 inches and are harvested within a week to 10 days after the cotyledon leaves, the embryo within the seed, have developed. Unlike their mature counterparts, they grow just a few inches, offering intense flavours and abundant nutrients.
Distinguishing microgreens from sprouts is crucial for harvesting. While sprouts are germinated in water briefly, producing underdeveloped leaves, microgreens are cultivated in soil and sunlight, taking at least a week to produce their nutritious leaves.
These small wonders pack a punch. Compared to their full-grown vegetables and herbs counterparts, microgreens have a far more intense flavour and carry six times the amount of nutrients. They also carry countless antioxidants, including polyphenols, that have been linked to reducing heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes says Alina Petre from Healthline.
Countless varieties of Microgreens seeds originate from similar plant families. Among these groups, there are several popular Microgreen varieties:
Microgreens aren’t just a garnish; they elevate dishes:
Microgreens enhance the overall nutrients and flavour profile of your meals and add an aesthetic touch. Incorporating them into your culinary adventures can be a delightful and nutritious experience during the colder Canadian months.
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