Micro Greens - The Powerhouse of Flavor, Nutrition and Style!
Like they say, good things come in small packages, Micro Greens are one of those good things. These nutrient dense delicate greens are flavor packed because of their rapid growth.
What are Micro Greens?
As the name says, Micro Greens are the mini versions or seedlings of herbs, vegetables and other greens. They are similar to sprouts but need sun and soil and only the leaves and stems are eaten. Micro greens are loaded with Vitamin C,E, K and beta carotene much more than their mature siblings.
They have been used in gourmet restaurants for their refined food presentation and to impart a delicate flavor to the dishes. Though seen in the upscale restaurants, these expensive greens are easy to grow on your own throughout the year.
What can I grow?
The list is endless as you can grow any greens you like. To name a few:
Watex Modular Garden Bed; Perfect for growing micro greens.
How to grow:
Fortunately, these delicate greens are easy to grow. All you need is:
- A shallow planter
- Organic Soil
A growing light will help if growing indoors in the cold weather.
Place the organic soil in the planter. Scatter the seeds over and add an inch of the layer of soil over it again. Be generous with the seeds as they need a lot more than if you planting for a mature plant. Now spray the seeded surface with clean water.
Micro greens need only two to three weeks to grow, depending on the kind of greens you plant and they are ready to consume.
When they are ready to harvest, you just snip the micro greens about the soil with garden shears and wash them and they are ready to use. To grow more, you need to pull the roots out and sow new seeds.
The best part about growing these micro greens is that you don't need a huge yard to get gardening. All you need is a small planter to get these nutritional greens growing in your home or patio.
Micro greens are highly perishable with just a few days of shelf life, so they need to be used within that time frame for a fresh flavor. These flavor packed versatile greens can be used in salads, soups, smoothies or as garnishes for meats to add freshness.
Important: It's safer to use organic or untreated seeds to grow these greens as other seeds might be treated with chemicals to avoid rot or fungus.