microgreens 101

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are small plants that are usually harvested after only 7 to 10 days of growth.

At this stage, the nutrient concentration is 4 to 6 times higher (sometimes even more) than the same full-grown plant. This is why these small greens are the new superfood.

Microgreens can be grown in soil or hydroponically. Popular growing mediums include organic soil, coco coir (coconut fiber), hemp grow mats, and baby blanket.

We consume the part above the soil and their height vary from 1 ½” to 3” (sometimes higher) depending on the variety and harvest timing.

What are the differences between microgreens and sprouts?

Sprouts are one stage before microgreens and one of the major differences is, we eat the entire plant including roots because they grow in water.

  • They grow in water
  • We eat the entire sprout (including roots)

Seeds like Alfalfa sprout in only 4-5 days and are really easy to grow in a windowsill. I use Mason jar with germination lids or a hydroponic tray with mesh.

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