What's up with Micro Greens

I'm not sure if you know this about me or not but I'm more than slightly obsessed with growing food. I read books about it, I watch endless videos about it, and I take courses about it.  It takes up the majority of my spare time, all so I can gain the knowledge about how to grow food and how to grow the best and healthiest foods that I can to feed my familly.  Jenn tells me most people are not this obsessed and knowledgeable, so sometimes when I talk about soil, biology, vegetables, or Micro Greens, I assume that folks know what I'm talking about but that may not be the case. So I'll take this opportunity to briefly talk about and explain Micro Greens.

                          A tall stand of pea Micro Greens

                           A tall stand of Pea Micro Greens

Ok I'll start from the beginning, Micro Greens are no different than any other plant, they start out as seeds that are planted very close together in a small area. As a general rule, Micro Greens are grown to a stage just before the first true leaf appears.

                       

The majority of plant seeds contain all the nutrition and components that the seed needs to germinate an embryo, send up a shoot and develop the cotyledon leaf.  Only then will the plant begin the photosynthesis process, for this reason, Micro Greens do not need to be grown in deep soil connected to the earth.  Also, when you eat a Micro Green, you get all the nutrition of the seed in an easy to digest format with the addition of chlorophyll, which is what makes all plants green. Chlorophyll is a powerful molecule that can help with a multitude of health issues, which is why juicing wheat grass or adding it to a smoothie or salad is so popular, as wheat grass is known to be jam packed with chlorophyll. Pea Micro Greens are one of the few types of sprouts that are grown past the first true leaf stage to the tendril stage, where they develop a fun curly tendril at the growth tip. The plant seeks to grab onto something for support and grow up and seek out more light to photosynthesize as much as possible.  Sunflower Micro Greens are these delicious little meaty guys who have a wonderful nutty flavour, as long as they don’t get too big because once the true leaf comes out they can become bitter. Popcorn Micro Greens are different because they are grown in the absence of light and so they have a blanched appearance and an incredibly sweet flavor. Other common types of Micro Greens are radish, broccoli, lettuce as well as herbs like cilantro and basil.

 

                       

                                      Popcorn Shoots

 

Micro Greens can be used in many different ways, your creativity is the limit in how to use them, as a garnish they can dress up a dish or as a last minute green side dish on a busy week night they make a very convenient option. Chopped Sunflower Micro Greens mixed into a regular salad to bulk it up or add some greens to a nice hearty bowl of chicken soup on a cold winters day, sneak some into your kid's berry smoothies in the mornings... I could go on and on.  Micro Greens are an easy way to add fresh greens to your diet all year long.

                         

       Our Mighty Micro Salad is a blend of popular Micro Greens

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