Microgreens: Tender, tiny, edible greens from the seeds of vegetables and herbs usually harvested at 1 – 3 inches tall with the stem attached. AKA: veggie confetti!
Microgreens vs Sprouts: Are microgreens the same as sprouts? NO.
Microgreens are grown in a growing medium, with normal air temperature and high light. The end result: baby plants. Sprouts, however, are soaked and germinated in water in a warm, dim environment. Sprouts are just that; sprouted seeds. The growing process is completely different producing completely different end results.
Tiny microgreens, pea shoots, and sunflower shoots are nutritious and delicious. They pack a huge nutritional punch according to a study conducted by Gene Lester, a researcher with the US Department of Agriculture at the University of Maryland, in the summer of 2012.
The researchers looked at four groups of vitamins and other phytochemicals – including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene — in 25 varieties of microgreens. They found that leaves from almost all of them had four to six times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant. But there was variation among them – red cabbage was highest in vitamin C, for instance, while the green daikon radish had the most vitamin E.
Microgreens can amplify the texture, flavor and color of a number of dishes. They add flare to soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps and often are used as intricate garnishes for main dishes. They produce strong, complex flavor profiles.
These tender, tiny greens have been a favorite among chefs since the 1980’s. On a recent episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, host Guy Fieri commented “these greens make the sandwich” referring to pea shoots or pea greens as their known in New England. Pea Shoots are the new lettuce!
Now, you too can grow your own microgreens and pea or sunflower shoots right in your home with a Veggie Confetti Farm indoor hydroponic kits. You’ll be harvesting delicious and nutritious food in about 10 days.