What are Microgreens?

microgreen shoots

Microgreens are known to be the easiest fresh produce to grow that can be eaten raw. They are the first true leaves produced from a seedling, which is older than a sprout but much younger than a  full-grown plant. They are often under 14 days to harvest and approximately have 1–3 inches tall or 2.5–7.5 cm.

Since 1996, they have been gaining popularity because of the high nutritional benefits and their diverse sensorial characteristics. They are primarily used in the restaurant industry because of the perfect look they add in a plate and can play a role in both savoury and sweet dishes

Can I grow microgreens in my area/climate?

Unlike crops that can be grown depending on climate, microgreens can be grown almost anywhere even inside your house. They only take a limited amount of space and are suitable for almost all climates.

The most common plants used for growing microgreens are:

LettuceKaleSpinachRadish
BeetWatercressHerbsGreens
CabbageMustardChiaSunflower
Buckwheat

Top 10 Small Microgreen Seeds and their flavor

Purslane
Flavor: Tangy & citrusy spinach
Oregano
Flavor: Pungent and intense
Sage
Flavor: Mild and earthy
Tarragon
Flavor: sweet, mildly licorice-like
Thyme
Flavor: earthy, herbaceous taste
Alfalfa
Flavor: Mild and sweet
Amaranth
Flavor: Beet-like
Lemon Balm
Flavor: Bright, citrus/lemon tangy
Marjoram
Flavor: strong, oregano-like
Mint
Flavor: Sweet and minty taste

Top 10 Medium Microgreen Seeds and their flavor

Arugula
Flavor: Spicy, peppery and sharp
Basil
Flavor: Light, mild basil flavor
Broccoli
Flavor: Mild, crunchy texture
Red or Green cabbage
Flavor: Mild cabbage
Cauliflower
Flavor: Slightly peppery, mild taste
Lettuce
Flavor: Mild, rich, sweet taste
Sesame
Flavor: Mild, sweet flavor
Radish
Flavor: Spicy, delicate peppery
Mustard
Flavor: Peppery, delicately spicy
Chives
Flavor: Mildly garlicky, spicy

Top 10 Large Microgreen Seeds and their flavor

Parsley
Flavor: Refreshing and light taste
Fennel
Flavor: Sweet and liquorice-like
Lentils
Flavor: slightly bitter and subtle pea
Sunflower
Flavor: Sweet and nutty
Wheatgrass
Flavor: complex, bittersweet taste
Kohlrabi
Flavor: Mild, sweet subtle taste
Adzuki
Flavor: Sweet and nutty flavor
Barley
Flavor: Earthy and mildly flavor
Kale
Flavor: Sweet and broccoli-like
Mung Beans
Flavor: Rich Sweet Bean

Top Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Microgreens At Home:

  • Easy to grow in a limited amount of space
  • Minimal cost, time and effort for a continuous supply of fresh nutrient greens
  • Perfect solution for urban living
  • Ready to harvest in just 2 weeks
  • Packed with variety of flavors & a lot of nutrients
  • No packaging wasted
  • No climate restrictions – can be grown inside the house
  • Perfect introduction to gardening for beginners
  • Healthy, living food to supplement a healthy diet

Supplies Needed To Grow Microgreens At Home

  • Growing containers or trays
  • Certified organic/fungicide free seeds
  • Drinking water or spray bottle
  • Seaweed solution
  • Seed raising mix growing medium
  • Paper towel or chux cloth to line tray
  • Plant label or use pen for marking date and variety
  • Scissor

Step by Step in Growing Microgreens At Home

STEP 1. Choose and Secure Location

Find the perfect place to grow your microgreens. You need to be sure that the surface is protected from overspray, misting or overflow from drain holes.

STEP 2. Preparing Your Container and seed raising mix

If you’re using a tray, be sure to disinfect it first and keep it dry. Using your tray, you need to lay chux cloth or moistened paper towel on the bottom to avoid the mix falling through. Fill your container for about 3/4 full of moist growing medium, which is 2-3 cm or 1 in deep.

STEP 4.  Sowing your seeds

Sprinkle seeds over the mix and lightly press it. For small seeds, evenly spread a thin layer of seed raising mix or sieved compost for about 0.5 cm or 1/5 in over the top so they will all be covered.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Place your container on a warm spot like your kitchen bench

Always check soil moisture by touching it using your fingers. Water them as needed.

To help prevent dislodging the seeds, use a spray bottle to lighty water them.

Avoid overwatering or avoid them to dry out

For seeds to germinate, create a warm humid environment by covering the seeds with a clear plastic bag over the top and for air flow put holes snipped in the top.

STEP 5: Harvesting Your Microgreens

Once germinated, the seeds have already used their internal store of food to be able to grow. To feed your plants with trace elements to boost their nutrition and improve flavors, apply the seaweed solution.

When your seedlings already reach 2-5 cm or 1-3 in tall, your microgreens are now ready to be harvested. To easily cut the stems above the soil, use scissors. Now, you can enjoy your very own microgreens at home!

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