We’re going green…microgreen, that is!
If you’re saying “HUH!?” – don’t worry, it’s new to us too! However, we guarantee you’ll want to incorporate these tiny sprouts into your life/diet/dorm room once you read a little bit more about them! Let’s get going.
What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are tiny edible shoots of salad vegetables and other plants that are picked just after the first leaves have developed, which takes only about two weeks generally. The USDA found that microgreens, in general, contain considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids than more mature planets. Plus, there are so many seed varieties to choose from! Arugula, basil, radish, carrot, celery, broccoli, mustard, parsley, cilantro, spinach, kale, chard, wheat, sunflower, and even corn microgreens are among the most popular type of edible shoots. They are not only good for eating—they are also great for dorm decoration. It’s been proven that having plants in your home can help purify the air and improve your breathing…plus it’s super trendy right now. So, why not grow some for yourself?
How do I grow my own Microgreens?
Growing your own microgreens is easy!
- Start with a shallow plastic container and puncture holes in the bottom of it for drainage.
- Fill the container with a thin layer of top soil and moisten it lightly with water.
- Evenly sprinkle any type(s) of seed you want over the soil and cover the seeds with another layer of soil that you can lightly mist with a spray bottle.
- Place your container on your windowsill to get lots of light and not too much wind.
- Mist your soil daily, ideally in the morning.
- Germination should take around 3 to 5 days and you can expect to have 1 to 2 inch microgreens within a week or two after that.
- Now, all that’s left to do is snip and eat!
How can I eat my Microgreens?
Salads: The easiest way to start incorporating microgreens into your diet is by tossing them into a salad. Depending on the greens you’re growing, the flavors will vary and you’ll have to try out a couple recipes before you get the hang of it. Check out this handy chart for descriptions of popular microgreens and their flavors!
Wheatgrass Shots: Ready to move past the salad phase and into some heartier microgreen recipes? Try a wheatgrass shot! These little green juices pack a heavy punch filled with veggie power. DISCLAIMER: They can be pretty nasty tasting, but are worth it for the health benefits! They can be made with a juicer or a blender and there’s plenty of recipe variations out there, so experiment!
Omelettes: Next up, breakfast, try this yummy omelette recipe with microgreens for a boost to your morning routine.
Pizza: Finally, toss some microgreens on a homemade pizza for a dinner that even Kermit the Frog would be proud of! In this case, it is easy being green…
Written by Guest Blogger Dan H. of Emerson College