What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are vegetable greens harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed. They are used as a nutrition supplement, a visual enhancement, and a flavor and texture enhancement.
Microgreens at Green Choice are germinated and grown hydroponically in soilless medium. The seedlings are harvested in their ‘infant’ growth cycle when the cotyledon leaves that grow immediately after germination have fully developed, and usually one pair of true leaves has emerged at the time of harvest. Microgreens are cut just above the growing medium; their stems and leaves are consumed and add to nutrition and flavour. They vary in size, but are usually 5-10 cm tall, depending on the type of vegetable.
Microgreens combine both nutrients from the seeds from which they sprout and from growing medium or nutrient solutions used for watering. They are denser in nutrient than grown vegetable, delivering between 4-40 times more vitamins and carotenoids than in their mature counterparts.
Microgreens typically take up to 14 days to grow (harvested at 1-2 weeks), fast enough to avoid insects or pests. In terms of flavour, microgreens are more intense compared to their younger selves (sprouts) and even older siblings (baby greens or full-grown vegetables). So, a cup of microgreens will boost up the taste of your salad greatly
Adding microgreens to your diet is a great way to supply nutrients as they are more easily absorbed when coming from whole foods. Certainly, you can take a multivitamin to get your daily value easily, but your body is not built to take nutrients from a capsule. Nutrients are more easily absorbed by the body when they go through the full process of digestion, starting with tasting and chewing.
For people with dental difficulties that prevent them from eating vegetables, microgreens are tender and easy to chew. We also found that kids often prefer microgreens to conventional vegetables because they are rich in flavour and lack the bitterness of many salad greens. Also, did you know that some children are “picky” about food not because of taste, but because of how easy or difficult it is to chew?