What are Microgreens?
- Microgreens are tiny plants of vegetables, herbs, and grains between the size of sprouts and baby plants, which are ready to consume at the cotyledon stage once the first true leaves appear, after 7 to 10 days of germination.
- Microgreens in the majority are grown up to a height of about 2 to 4 inches (5 cm to 10cm). Microgreens are not to be mistaken for sprouts, but these are very different from sprouts due to their growing method. Microgreens generally get ready to harvest for consumption in 7 to 10 days after germination.
- Sprouts are newly germinated seeds that people harvest just as the seed begins to grow and before their leaves develop. Conversely, microgreens grow from sprouts, and they have leaves.
- When the cotyledon leaves — the embryonic leaves — have fully developed, and the first true leaves have emerged, the plant becomes a microgreen.
Health Benefits of Microgreens
- Microgreens are a great source of nutrients. They come in an array of colors. The flavor of microgreens is the same as that of any regular green but better.
- Microgreens are more nutrient-dense concentrates as compared to fully mature versions of the same vegetable or herb. They carry a nutritional value, that is 40 to 50 times higher as compared to fully grown vegetables and herbs of the same verity
- Microgreens primarily are high in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, to begin with, such as vitamin A, C, K, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Copper.
- Microgreens help prevent a range of diseases, manage weight, boosting both mental and physical health.