What are microgreens?
Correct Answer: vegetable greens harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed
Microgreens are vegetable greens that get harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed. They usually are about 1-3 inches tall and come in a rainbow of colors, which has made them famous in recent years as a garnish with chefs.
It can be hard to get all the vitamins and minerals needed every day; there is no reason not to incorporate micros into your diet. Many studies are proving that microgreens are full of nutritional content. Microgreens like red cabbage and sunflower sprouts have up to 69% more nutrients than their mature counterparts. Researchers estimated four essential nutrients in 25 different grown microgreens, including vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and beta-carotene.
Microgreens are expensive, averaging around $25 per pound. If you enjoy growing your vegetables, you are in luck microgreens are urban farmer-friendly. Grow time is about ten days from the time of germination, and many growers report an average harvest from 5 to 6 ounces of microgreens per tray ( 10″ x 20″ ) when grown on a single level, such as a tabletop.
Here is a list of ten microgreens seeds for beginners to grow and the greens grow so fast to assure initial harvest within a week of germination.
Easy for Beginners
Chinese Cabbage (Napa cabbage): easy, quick, beautiful, and flavorful
Radish (red or Daikon): easy, fast, and flavor just like the mature root crop
Turnip: easy, fast, and leaf varieties taste much like the root veggie
Pac Choi (Bok Choy): has many types all are quick and easy to grow
Sesame: fast germination, and you likely already have it in your cupboard
Cress: second-fastest in germination, fastest being the Radish, but very spicy hot
Lettuce: at the true leaf stage, most varieties are beautiful and delicious
Asian Greens: can tolerate both cold and hot temperatures
Endive: easy to grow but can be slow, beautiful bouquet of leaves
Mustard Greens: easy, quick, can be very spicy to taste
Ten More Microgreens Worth Your Extra Effort
Sweet Basil: beautiful and tasty, though a slow and meticulous grower
Sunflower: difficult to take root, but worth its unparalleled flavor
Sorrel or Marjoram: slow growth, but distinguished flavors
Fennel or Dill: delicious herbal flavors, but hard to germinate
Cilantro: very delicious, though difficult to germinate
Carrot: almost sweet flavor, you may never again discard your carrot tops
Beet or Chard: they have very contrasting deep red colors
Pea: rapid high yields from multiple cuttings, but be careful for mold
Red Russian Kale: beautiful at both seed leaf and actual leaf stages
Thai Basil: second only to Sweet Basil, but Thai seeds are costly