What are these spritely little green superheroes which are sometimes known as ‘vegetable confetti’, and why do we adore them?
At heart microgreens are young vegetable greens that pack a mighty punch when it comes to nutrition and part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Scientifically speaking, microgreens are edible seedlings that are cultivated and allowed to grow until they have started to develop their first leaves, at which point they’re ready to be harvested. Greens are classified as a microgreen at the point in which the embryonic leaves have fully developed and the first signs of the ‘true leaves’ are emerging and visible.
These pretty little things are loaded with nutrients, such as vitamins, C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene, and are known to be 40x more nutritious compared to their full-size equivalent – what’s not to love about that?!
With the right choice of soil, your microgreens will also be rich in minerals and phytochemicals, which act as antioxidants in the body. Microgreens may contain a higher amount of these beneficial compounds than their mature counterparts. Including microgreens in the diet may improve nutritional quality & contribute to better health.
The vibrancy and delicateness of microgreens make for a fantastic choice in terms of visual appeal, giving food dishes a delightfully colourful pop.
Microgreens don’t only add colour to your dishes as a garnish, they’re also lip-smackingly delicious! A great addition to juices, smoothies, and salads, their intense flavour profiles mean that a little goes a long way. And they’re super quick to grow; most microgreens only take a week or two to be ready.
Contribution from The Yorkshire Dietician, Vanessa Quarmby, RD BSc Hons MBDA