Microgreens are nutrient packed little power houses of deliciousness! Seriously, these greens are finally getting the attention the deserve and we're jumping for joy from excitement! Microgreens can add so much value to your meal in regards to taste, eye catching colors, and give you a shot of vitamins and minerals. Especially if your diet doesn't consist of enough veggies, these on a dish can help.
So what are micro greens anyways?
After a good ol' wiki search it described micros as "a vegetable green, harvested after the Cotyledon leaves have developed, not to be confused with sprouts or shoots, that are used both as a visual and flavor component or ingredient". (Cotyledon are the first leaves to emerge and store food to help give that first burst of energy.)
Micros are smaller than baby greens and are harvested later than sprouts. Unlike sprouts, micros are not grown in dim, over seeded, low-air environments. This helps reduce the risks of pathogens and disease.
The best part of microgreens, other than the taste, is they are one of the most nutritious powerhouses. Studies done by Gene Lester , a researcher with the US department of Agriculture, researched 25 varieties of micro green leaves and found almost all of them had four to six times more the nutritional value of their mature counterpart. You can read more about the study here !
I hope more considerations like these will be funded in the future, but I do believe these results are promising and although this is only the beginning, the foundation is strong.
Now I am curious on tests done regarding micro greens grown in high microbial living soil and if it differs in nutritional uptake. I bet it does.
What are your thoughts?