What are Microgreens?
They're the shoots of vegetables and herbs picked just after the first leaves (the cotyledon) have developed. Microgreens are packed with nutrients and flavor profiles. While most microgreens are harvested just 1-3 weeks after sowing, they boast tender, delicate textures superior to that of a baby green. Microgreens started showing up on the menus of fine dining restaurants in the 1980's in San Fransisco, CA. Since then, they've gained popularity around the country and within the health community. Click here to learn more.
How do microgreens differ from sprouts?
Sprouts are seeds that have germinated in water and are grown for less than a week. They are consumed seed, root and all. Exposed to less light, sprouts do not contain as much of the highly sought after chlorophyll nor do they pack as much flavor as microgreens. Click here to read more on how sprouts differ from microgreens.
In 2012 Researchers with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) completed a study to determine the level of nutrients in microgreens compared to their mature counterparts. They determined microgreens to have anywhere from 4-40 times the nutrient value. Click here for more info and here to see the studies' data.
Click here to watch an interesting interview with nutrition expert Dr. Rhonda Patrick as she explains some of the nutritional benefits of microgreens.