Growing microgreens at home

Over the past several months our family has been making some very radical changes to our diet and the health of our family.  As we have been exploring the new tastes and flavors of this organic and holistic lifestyle, we have found that greens  and microgreens have been a delicious and tasty part of the experience.  Microgreens are a great way to add flavor, intensity, and variety to your meals.  Below is a great video on how to begin growing these amazing greens in your home.

Benjamin Carroll shows us how to grow microgreens and sprouts at home. It’s a quick and easy way to get fresh healthy food even in winter!

 

What are Microgreens?

microgreen-sprouts

Microgreen is the universal name for almost any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves and is harvested at the stage when the first set of true leaves sprout.  Microgreens are most commonly harvested from leafy greens such as kale, arugula, beet greens, onions, radish greens, watercress, chard and bok choy and herbs such as cilantro, basil, chervil, parsley and chives.  These nutrition packed greens are high in vitamins  minerals, and nutrients such as beta-carotene, iron, calcium, lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, as well as many others. Recently researchers have found that microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. With this amazing nutritional power punch you should definitely make them a part of your healthy diet.

 

Microgreens

Photo Via Grow Food, Not Lawns

 

 

Sources:

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-microgreens-1456.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20120831/tiny-microgreens-packed-nutrients

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