WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?
Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 1–3 inches tall. They have an aromatic flavor and concentrated nutrient content and come in a variety of colors and textures.
Microgreens are considered baby plants, falling somewhere between sprouts and baby greens. Microgreens are vegetable greens (not to be confused with sprouts or shoots) harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed (and possibly, with one set of true leaves). They can be, used as a nutritional supplement, a visual enhancement, and a flavor and texture enhancement. Also, can add sweetness and spiciness to foods. Microgreens are smaller than “baby greens” because they are consumed after sprouting rather than after the plant has matured to produce multiple leaves. Among upscale grocers, they are now considered a specialty genre of greens, good for garnishing salads, soups, sandwiches, and plates. They can be used as a main vegetable as well in certain recipes for intense flavor and nutrition.
Many recipes use them as a garnish while some utilize them as the main ingredient. For example, garlic pea shoots, pea shoots or micro cabbage in cabbage soup, or coleslaw made with radish microgreen instead of cabbage. As microgreens become more popular for their intense flavor and nutrition, innovative chefs and cooks create new ways to use them. Edible young greens are produced from various kinds of vegetables, herbs, or other plants. They range in size from 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 cm), including the stem and leaves. The stem is cut just above the soil line during harvesting. Microgreens have fully developed cotyledon leaves and usually, one pair of very small, partially developed true leaves.
Microgreens are nothing new, since 1970 or maybe before the production started in California and due to the huge nutritional benefits found on this tiny plant, the consumption has grown year by year.
Since the foundation of our Company, we have been able to educate and promote our products and now we are moving the production to a more open commercial place in downtown London, Ontario as what is call a “produce store” (not open air).
Microgreens are tiny plants harvested after only 7 to 14 days of growth — just before the true leaves.
Their height can vary from 2” to 4” depending on the variety and harvest timing. We consume only the part above the soil and they have a delicate taste. What you need to know is microgreens contain more nutrients at this stage of growth than when they reach full maturity! They also contain polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, they have on average five times¹ the level of vitamins than their mature plant counterparts.
The best part?
Microgreens could lower your risk of cancer² as well as other diseases such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer while improving your cardiovascular health and much more.
Apparently, ‘we are what we eat’ — so why not including microgreens in your everyday diet today?