Updated: Oct 22, 2020
What are Microgreens and why should they be a new introduction to your Kitchen?
I have just recently discovered microgreens, and as a plant lover, I can say I can't resist giving this a try! In a previous blog 'How you can make a difference by being sustainable', I mentioned growing vegetables in your garden, if you have space or maybe just herbs in a pot in your kitchen. Well, I have yet another organic option for you! Microgreens!
Microgreens are herbs or veg that you harvest just after they have produced shoots with true leaves. They are often used in the culinary industry to add a small splash of colour to a plate but also because of their flavour. These small shoots tend to be harvested when they are one to three inches tall. At this point in their growth, they are packed with flavour and nutrients, making them an ideal introduction into your diet at home.
What makes them a sustainable swap?
If you are already someone who enjoys a good salad or an egg and cress sandwich, these products often come wrapped and packed in lots of plastic. Growing them at homework be the perfect sustainable swap for you. Growing microgreens organically at home means you know where they have been sourced and cuts out all of the unnecessary plastic and transport. It can be fun too!
Its important to not get microgreens mixed up with sprouts. Sprouts are seeds which have been germinated in water and haven't produced their true leaves yet. Whereas microgreens are typically grown in soil and are harvested by cutting them off at the stem. This isn't to say you can't give sprouts a try too, but I think microgreens add not only a dash of flavour to your meals but a lovely leafy friend to your kitchen counter while they grow.
What types can I grow?
Typically people choose to grow plants such as broccoli, watercress, radish, dill, amaranth and spinach as microgreens. But you can even grow melon, quinoa, squash, cucumber and many many more. Due to the ease of growing these plants at home, it means they are a very cost-effective way of packing more nutrients into your diet. Microgreens are an example of making a sustainable swap that saves you money and saves the environment one little shoot at a time.
Will you embark on a Microgreens adventure? I know I will! Let me know in the comments below, and check out our Instagram @practicalgreenlife to follow our Microgreen journey!