Microgreens! A badass superfood! What are they and why the hell are you not eating them?!?

Microgreens! A badass superfood!  What are they and why the hell are you not eating them?!?

What are microgreens? Why are they taking the world by storm? And if you’re not already eating them… Why the hell not?

Microgreens are the edible and highly nutritious “first true leaves” of an under-developed vegetable plant. They typically grow in 2-3 week cycles before being ready for harvest. Yup! For reals. While it doesn’t sound very appetizing eating the “baby greens” of a sunflower or radish plant, the fact is, these little guys are a powerhouse food that are jam packed with nutrients and are surprisingly delicious! 

Microgreens started popping up on chef’s menus in and around the 90’s and while it’s taken almost 30 years, they are slowly beginning to gain the serious recognition they rightfully deserve. While you still can’t find a grower in every single town or city, microgreeneries are starting to pop up more and more as this trendy new (not so new) concept really hits home with high end restaurants, chef’s, caterers, and especially within the health and wellness community.

Germinating Microgreens

What’s so good about microgreens?

Microgreens provide a nutritious punch for your body when eaten in a proper dose. What I mean by that is… A little garnish on top of you salmon fillet just won’t cut it. However, adding a nice size handful to your salad, sandwich, and even your smoothie will help kick start your body as microgreens are chocked full of healthy meganutrients and phytonutrients. And because of the way these beauties are produced, you can obtain them fresh, locally, all year round!! (Yes, even in Canada!) It’s a serious win-win-win!

So just how healthy are microgreens? 

Over the last decade, there have been various studies that have concluded that microgreens contain anywhere from four to forty times more nutrients than their mature counterparts. Nutrition such as vitamins C, E, and K are dense in these little hulk-like foods. Also found to be very high in beta-carotene and other antioxidants, these little guys pack a huge wallop.

Cancer Fighting Ninjas!

More recently, microgreens have even been hailed as heros as studies have proven they really help with weight loss and they also fight diseases such as cancer. For example, broccoli contains sulforphane, a proven cancer fighting compound. Broccoli microgreens have a much higher density of sulforphane in them than their adult versions. Which means these itty-bitty baby greens are rocking some seriously phenomenal healing power.

Microgreens

Radish Microgreens

Radish microgreens are another one you should be eating, if you’re not already. Offering you a lovely supply of folate and vitamin B6. Radish microgreens, while they tend to be a little on the spicier side of things, these itty-bitty health ninjas really help to promote cardiovascular health. 

Sunflower Microgreens

Sunflower microgreens are also very popular, and with good reason! With their wonderfully light, nutty flavor, sunflower microgreens contain high amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E works together with vitamin C and selenium to reduce blood pressure, increase the elasticity of arteries and prevent heart disease. Dare I say, these guys are the crime stoppers of heart disease!

And hey, as an added bonus, with their high nutritional content, microgreens in general have proven to help promote a healthy complexion, beautiful hair, increased energy levels, and there are plenty of additional health benefits as well! 

So as you can see, microgreens are healthy and nutritious. So if you’re not already eating them, I only have one question for you… Why the hell not?!?

Organic Microgreens

Go Get’Em Tiger!

Ok, so the truth is, while they are not THAT hard to find, they are definitely not cheap! Averaging about $5/100g or $25/tray.

Not sure where to get your microgreens? You won’t really find them in grocery stores and if you do… You don’t want to eat those ones! I explain why below. I suggest you scout out a fresh local resource within an hour or two from home. Shipping microgreens is not recommended at all. Once microgreens are cut from their roots, they can lose their nutritional value quite quickly. Within just a few days, while the shoots themselves may still be fresh, the nutritional value will be severely depleted. This is why you shouldn’t really buy them pre-packaged from a store. How long have they been sitting there? While they may look fresh, if they were cut more than 48 hours prior (which they likely were), chances are they have very little nutritional value left to them. So find a grower close to home and buy in fresh small cut batches to use right away. Or better yet, buy them uncut by the tray so you can have fresh, nutrient dense microgreens quite literally at your finger tips!

Your Garden Gal offers them by the tray, uncut, with a tray recycle program so you always have fresh microgreens on hand that never lose their nutritional value before you actually get to enjoy them! Contact me today to place an order or to board our tray-cycle program that includes free weekly delivery right to your door!

4 Responses
  1. Microgreens may have had a resurgence in the nineties but have been around for much longer – They were quite a thing in the 60s and 70s with Alfalfa and Mung Bean Sprouts being very popular back then.

    1. Thank you for your comment James! You are absolutely correct. As a matter of fact, microgreens have probably been around much longer than we both realize! A new concept it is not, but they’ve really made a heavy-duty comeback in recent years!

  2. A great insight, It is evident from the fact that nature provides us with everything which we need! microgreens are one of them. Being rich in nutrition value, we ignored it as wastes.

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