Microgreens are a superfood!
What is a Microgreen?
Microgreen refers to tiny edible greens grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. They're smaller than baby greens and bigger than sprouts typically ranging in size from 1-3 inches tall. Their flavor is much more intense than that of mature greens. Our Microgreens are 7-14 days old and are harvested as soon as the true leaves have emerged yielding a beautiful, flavorful product. Microgreens are older than sprouts and much younger than petite or baby greens. Microgreens are specially selected for their unique color and flavor.
Microgreens have a significant nutritional advantage containing 4-40 times more nutrients than found in the leaves of more mature plants.
Add some fat with your greens like a quality olive oil, and you've got a real nutrition packed meal. They are best eaten fresh cut. Microgreens are a stunning visual and nutritional addition to any dish. Microgreens have gained popularity as a new culinary trend over the past few years. These tender greens have two fully developed cotyledon leaves, with or without the emergence of a few first true leaves. It is these young cotyledon leaves often referred to as the seed leaves that possess higher nutritional densities.
WHAT MAKES THEM SO NUTRITIOUS?
It's now recommended that we fill half our plates with nutrient dense plants, particularly foods rich in Vitamins C, E, A, K (and phytonutrients such a carotenoids, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, and porganosulfurs). Countless studies have shown that the consumption of these nutrients is strongly associated with the reduced risk in the development of chronic diseases and certain cancers.
Nutritional benefits of microgreens(to name just a few). These guys are tiny little plant warriors of nutrition!
- Cabbage - Six times more vitamin C in Microgreens than larger counterpart. Helps control heart rate and blood pressure(Potassium). High in vitamins A, K +C. Contains Anthoocyanins-proven to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
- Arugula - Helps cleanse and neutralize acidic waste. High in vitamins A, K, +C
- Kale - Anti-cancer fighting powerhouse! Have significant cancer fighting potential due to their ability to induce phase 2 detoxification enzymes. These enzymes have been shown to promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body...eat up!
- Garnet Amaranth - Highest in vitamin K1 compared to other Microgreens as well as it's mature counterpart
- Daikon Radish - Highest in Vitamin E compared to other Microgreens as well as it's matured counterpart
- Sunflower - Comprised of 24% to 30% protein! Eight Essential Amino Acids! Has high levels of Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium, B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron..and on and on!
- Pea Shoots - Folate, Antioxidants and Carotene..Folate helps produce and maintain cells against DNA damage...Seven times the Vitamin C as blueberries and four times the Vitamin A as tomatoes..eat up!
- Broccoli - Contains Sulforaphane, which is an amazing anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter! High in vitamins A+C to name a few :) Get these into your body!
How are they grown?
Unlike sprouts, microgreens obtain their nutrients from three places: the rich, organic soil, light, and nutrients produced by the seed itself. We are currently awaiting our Certified Organic label. We do however currently always practice organic using no synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. We are certified in Safe Handling Practices by the State.
How can microgreens be used:
Experiment with the variety of flavors each microgreen brings. Add flavored oils to enhance the flavor and add beneficial fats to your diet. Eat fresh, buy local!
Microgreens can be used as an edible garnish that can brighten any dish, but they are now becoming the star of each meal. No longer just a garnish, use them to make the entire salad with tons of nutrient dense flavors. Throw a handful or two into your morning smoothie. Enjoy in salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, fish, or on just about anything you can think of. Make a pea shoot pesto! Each time you use them, remember you're adding a huge punch of nutrition to your meal. Get creative. Visit our recipe page for more ideas on how to use microgreens.
LIVE LARGE, EAT SMALL!!