Vegetable greens which are harvested with one set of true leaves or just after the cotyledons have developed are called as MICROGREENS, they falls between sprouts and baby greens. They grow from 2.5cms to 7.5cms tall and can be harvested 7-21 days after germination.
The trending of MICROGREENS started when they are were served at California restaurants in 1980s and from then they gain fame because of their nutritional composition and numerous health benefits.
WHY THERE’S RISING CONSUMPTION TREND?
Less growing requirements, high nutritional composition and their versatility to adopt in various cuisines are the major reasons for the rising consumption trend of MICROGREENS.
Microgreens are the rich sources of ascorbic acid (vitamin A), tocopherol (vitamin E), phylloquinone (vitamin K), Beta-carotene (vitamin A) and are having good traces of potassium, iron, zinc and various anti oxidants and phenolic compounds.
Some studies have found that microgreens are 5 times greater in nutritional status when compared to their matured parts.
REDUCES THE RISK OF ALZHEMERS DISEASE AND HEART DISEASES
As microgreens are rich sources of antioxidants and fully packed with phenols they reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and they eliminate various toxins and bad fat from our body thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.
REDUCES THE RISK OF DIABETES:
Microgreens are known to increase the sugar uptake, thus reducing the risk of certain types of diabetes, for instance fenugreek enhances cellular sugar uptake by 25 to 44 percent.
Microgreens flushes out free radicles and toxins from our body and supplies all the essential nutrients thus aiding for weight management.
VERSATALITY TO COMPLIMENT MANY CUISINES:
Microgreens can be used in various cuisine, they can be taken as salads, used as pizza toppings and can be taken with burgers and sandwiches, they can be used to cook our desi foods like dal and raitas.
LESS GROWING REQUIREMENTS:
Microgreens are easy to grow because of their less growing requirements, they be grown in bright sunlight, indirect sunlight and even in areas receiving low sunlight
All we need to grow micro greens is
- Seeds of your choice
- Plastic tray with drain holes
- Lid to cover your tray
- Hand sprayer
Fill your plastic tray with soil and sprinkle some seeds and mist your seeds with hand sprayer, and cover it with a lid .
You can observe germination with in 2 to 3 days
Remove the lid and mist them with hand sprayer
You can harvest them when u get one set of true leaves which will take 7 to 21 days
Microgreens are undoubtedly the better option for persons seeking health benefits and better nutrition
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