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.
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?!
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.
There’s usually a catch, right? Well, microgreens can be relatively difficult to source, and quite costly to purchase regularly. Growing them yourself can be complex too – from finding the right type of soil to needing the magic sunlight ingredient, not to mention the right humidity, it can all seem a bit daunting.
Fear not. Help is at hand. Microgreens are now easier than ever to grow in your own home. With a self-watering and regulating Urban Cultivator growing appliance, all you’ll need is the seeds and then sit back and watch those microgreens grow. And grow. Your favourite, healthy, nutritious flavours all year long. At your fingertips. And we haven’t even started talking about the herbs you can grow as well…