What are Organic Microgreens
They are the safest most nutritious food you can eat. Organic microgreen facilities are inspected annually by Organic Certifiers that guarantee every stage of production adheres to the strictest organic guidelines as published by the USDA National Organic Program
When growing Microgreens you plant the same organic seeds that you would plant to grow the full grown adult plant. The difference is that the plants are cut when they are approximately 3” tall and have two (2) leaves. When the plant has two leaves, it is called a dicot. This is known as the Cotyledon stage which means “true leaf” or “first leaf”. Microgreens are cut when the First two leaves are visible. This is the stage that the plant has 100% of the nutritional value the plant is ever going to have no matter how large the plant gets. From that day forward, the vitamins and minerals disperse throughout the plant. The edible part of microgreen consists of the stem and the first pair of young true leaves.
Microgreens are a part of the life cycle of a plant, the stages of a plants life cycle are:
- Baby Greens
- Adult Plant
The seed contains all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals the plant needs to begin its life protected in a heavy outer coating to keep it safe from the environment until it is planted.
Sprouts are the first stage of growth for the plant. The plant starts using all the nutrients stored in the seed to begin developing stems, roots and first leaves. It is the beginning of growth.
As the plant continues to grow it will continue to develop its root structure and grow its first set of leaves. This is when the Microgreens are harvested, when they are approximately 3“ tall. This is the Cotyledon or True Leaf stage.
Baby greens are not an official stage in the life cycle of a plant. It is the period between the cotyledon stage and a fully grown plant. They are sold as Baby Greens. They are very nutritious and delicious just not as healthy as Microgreens.
What Are the Benefits of Microgreens
Microgreens contain high concentrations of nutrients compared with mature vegetables and herbs. Due to their high antioxidant content, microgreens are a food that promotes health and prevents disease.
Consuming plant-based foods of all kinds has been linked to a reduced risk of many health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Plant-based foods also support a healthy complexion, increased energy, lower weight and longer life expectancy.
Microgreens do contain a higher concentration of many nutrients when compared with the mature, fully grown vegetables or herbs. Several studies have demonstrated the high level of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that microgreens contain. Microgreens are also rich in enzymes, which enable them to be more easily digested.
The following are examples of the benefits of Microgreens:
- 6 times more vitamin C in the microgreen version
- 40 times more vitamin E in the microgreen version
- 69 times more vitamin K in the microgreen version
- Higher in carotenoids
- Higher concentration of lutein/zeaxanthin and violaxanthin
- 3 times higher in beta-carotene concentration in the microgreen version
Daikon Radish Microgreens
- Highest in vitamin E compared to other microgreens, as well as, its matured counterpart
- Comprised of 30% protein
Besides the health benefits of Microgreens they taste great and go well with cheese, eggs, grilled meats, grilled fish, sandwiches, , soups, salads, smoothies and as a snack to curb your appetite.