INTRODUCTION to MICROGREENS
Everybody loves microgreens! Microgreens are densely nutritious tiny plants that have grown their first two leaves and are about 1– 3 inches tall. They are harvested at that point and eaten. The seed holds everything it will need to grow and if harvested at the correct time, these tiny plants hold super powered nutrition that you can use!
At Paradise Farms we grow microgreens for sale as well as for our personal consumption here at the farm. You can use them to top your salad, sprinkle on vegetables, or use them as a garnish. You can use them alone as a salad, or use them as a topping on your soup. They require no preparation other than washing since they are meant to be eaten raw. They come in many varieties, such as arugula, basil, celery, cabbage, cilantro, endive, mustard, and tangy radish.
One of the major benefits of eating microgreens is that they pack a huge punch in their food value. Researchers found microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. For example, red cabbage microgreens have 40 times more vitamin E and 6 times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage. Cilantro microgreens have 3 times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro. Many people aren’t getting an adequate amount of valuable nutrients in their diets. Eating even a small serving of microgreens can boost your health, increase energy, and contribute to a healthy weight and complexion.
Previously only available only to chefs, microgreens are now available at Farmers Markets and upscale grocery stores. They generally cost more than mature greens, but that shouldn’t discourage people from eating them – the higher nutrient content is well worth the cost!
Microgreens are quick and easy to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill and can also be a great project for kids. Come to Wellness Paradise Farm and we’ll show you and your family how to grow them, from planting to harvest, including taking them home to add a delicious boost to your meal!