Wheatgrass - Sun Flower - Basil - Kohlrabi - Broccoli - Radish - Mustard - Arugula
Product of Nature micro-greens seeds grow fresh, delicious micro-greens year round for use in salads, sandwiches, smoothies or your favorite entrees. Recommended for use with Product of Nature germination pads and trays.
Microgreens may be tiny, but they've become a huge trend found everywhere from corner bistros to plastic-wrapped at the grocery store. And if you've taken a look at the prices, they are not cheap! The good news is that it's easy to grow your own microgreens, indoors or out.
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are simply greens, lettuces, and herbs that are harvested when they are quite young - generally when they are approximately an inch tall.
Microgreens are pack a nutrient punch
Researchers have found that leaves from almost all of the microgreens had four to six times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant. The findings appear in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Microgreens could easily be confused with sprouts, but they're not the same thing. Sprouts are seeds germinated in water just long enough (usually 48 hours) to grow roots, a stem and pale, underdeveloped leaves. Microgreens, on the other hand, need soil and sunlight and at least 7 days to grow before you can harvest them. This distinction is important for food safety, since sprouts have recently been implicated in a number foodborne illness outbreaks
I want to share with you an example of each of the types of micro-greens that I have grown using Product of Nature growing kits. They vary a little bit in how quickly they germinate and grow, so I will share my experiences with that as well so that you can know what to expect when you grow with them the first time. I will start with the varieties that germinate the quickest and work toward the varieties that take longer.
I have found that Broccoli germinates and grows more quickly than the other varieties. It does not have as strong of a flavor as some of the others, so it is good either used in combination or when you don’t want the taste of the micro-greens to overshadow the dish in which you are using it. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Broccoli micro-greens:
Radish seeds also germinate quickly. Radish produces a larger micro-green and if it is not in direct sunlight, the greens will get long and spindly, but still taste delicious. It has a distinct taste similar to the mature radish plant. It works great in hummus or in salads. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Radish micro-greens:
Purple Kohlrabi is in the middle with its germination rates and growth speed. Because of its color, it is good to add variety in micro-green mixes and as a garnish. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Purple Kohlrabi micro-greens:
Mustard and Arugula are similar in their germination times and growth rates and fall in the middle of the spectrum compared to other seeds. They also produce similar looking micro-green plants that both have a spicy taste that is fun to experiment with in recipes. The arugula is a delicious ingredient in a pesto sauce and the mustard is a fun addition to sandwiches or burgers, but try your own recipes and let me know how you use them. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Arugula micro-greens followed by the Mustard micro-greens:
Sunflower and Wheatgrass are both larger seeds that take longer to germinate. Sunflower has a fresh taste that I would describe as green and a little nutty, I enjoy even eating it as a snack by itself because it is bigger and crunchier and not as strong tasting as some of the other micro-greens. It is also great in smoothies. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Sunflower micro-greens:
Wheatgrass is being touted as a wonder food, and it is easy to grow with Product of Nature kits. You need a juicer that is specifically set up to deal with wheatgrass to prepare it into wheatgrass juice, which can be taken on its own – a “wheatgrass shot” – or combined with other fruits and vegetables. Here is a picture of the Product of Nature Wheatgrass micro-greens:
Basil takes longer to grow than some of the micro-greens, but it is worth it. All of the taste of the mature fresh basil leaf is concentrated in this small version, so it is great in any recipes that call for basil. It makes a fancy garnish for appetizers or a delicious addition to a pasta sauce.
So that is my experience with each of the seed varieties. Keep those questions coming!