I have often watched as plants go from seedling to plant with awe and anticipation. I was looking forward to seeing the plant grow to something edible or beautiful (usually both). But until recently, I didn't suspect that those seedlings had some big secrets to share with me.
Microgreens are basically seedlings. Microgreen are grown to the point where the cotyledons (the seed leaf within the embryo of a seed) have emerged. While they may seem similar to sprouts, they are very different. Sprouts are germinated seeds but microgreens have stems and leaves.
There is so much information available about the value of microgreens - ease of use, nutient value, taste are just a few.
They are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and high in antioxidents. And they taste wonderful!
If you are interested in the science of microgreens and their nutitional value, here is a link to a scientific study on brassicaceae microgreens.
Basically, they are small, flavourful and full of all the good stuff that the adult plants have.
A big advantage of microgreen is the range of use. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, smoothies or eaten on their own. They can also be used in cooked meals like soups, stews, stir frys etc. One of their frequent uses in restaurants and other eateries is as a garnish (no wonder I like eating the garnish!).
We have been told for many years now that we need to eat at least a cup of vegetables a day to stay healthy.
While that is a great plan, it can be challenging on a daily basis with our busy lives. By adding microgreens, you are adding a tasty treat to your meal that can have up to 40 times the nutrients of the adult plant.
Imagine what that does to your daily intake of vegetables!
At Valley Herb, we grow a range of microgreens in our greenhouse using pure solar lighting for our growing. This means that some growing times may be increased (especially during winter) but it is the most environmentally friendly method, rather than using grow lights to cut down on the growing period.
The microgreens are grown in Coco Coir, sourced from coconuts grown on trees which makes it a renewable resource which best suit the microgreens for their healthy growth.
To see the range of microgreens we have available for sale at this time, please use the link below.
The next batch of microgreens will be ready for sale from Monday 10 May 2021. You are welcome to pre-order now to ensure you get them newly grown and fresh.