Throughout human history, food has developed and evolved along side of us to prioritize flavor and nutritional content. With so much food processing throughout the world, many people are looking to switch to a more natural, wholesome diet. Studies have shown that children have preferences for 6 different food colors and 7 different components while adults prefer 3 colors and 3 components. To aid in this switch while still including components and colors, many people are turning to microgreen growing to find new and exciting edibles.
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens refer to the shoots of salad vegetables that have just been harvested after the first leaves have developed. Microgreens have been grown and eaten for around 20 to 30 years and include around 100 types of common garden flowers like arugula, beetroot, swiss chard, mustard, and others.
Microgreens are best eaten fresh for ideal flavor and freshness. If they must be stored, store your microgreens at around 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. Many stores carry dehydrated or frozen versions of these microgreens to extend their shelf life; some microgreens cannot be used in a frozen state however, meaning that those who wish to dress up their salads and start eating microgreens will have to find a specialty produce seller to get the freshest products.
The Benefits of Microgreens
Microgreens may be small, but they are packed full of important vitamins and nutrients. Since the plants are harvested early, they can have up to 40 times the nutrients of their mature counterparts. Microgreen growing sites typically rate their crops on a five point scale from one (poor) to five (excellent). If the quality meets a three or higher, then the microgreens can be sent to market. Despite the health benefits of microgreens, many simply enjoy the flavor and color offered by the tiny plants. If you’re looking for a more wholesome, natural source of nutrients, why not try some microgreens and dress your salad up?