Maybe one or the other may just think: Micro-WAS?! Since I have the feeling that this damn cool term and the even cooler green stuff, which is behind it, so far only known to garden insiders, I want to bring light into the germinator 🙂 In this article you will find everything about the young green, which provides especially in the dark months, for enlightening moments.
What are microgreens?
A little you can already deduce from the name: It is, in fact, microscopic greenery. The seeds of plants that we usually nurture for months until we can finally harvest fruit from them are, in the case of microgreens, simply harvested in the seedling stadium. Broccoli, radishes, mustard or even beet in the form of microgreens are usually ready for harvesting after just 4-5 days. You could almost talk about fast gardening 🙂
Where is the difference to sprouts?
I’ve been wondering the same thing for quite a while. But look how sprouts are grown: To do this, the seeds are placed in a jar or germination tower and then, once they have sprouted, they are eaten alive.
On the flip side, the harvesting of microgreens is different: Here, only the fresh green is cut off and the roots are left in the soil or on a fleece. Depending on the variety and your own taste, the small cotyledons or a minimally larger stage are harvested. Here you can and should try out how you like the microgreens best.
What seeds are needed?
Special seeds are not necessary. If you already have peas, broccoli or linseed in your seed cupboard, you can start immediately. Otherwise, you can find a large selection of organic seeds here.
Why are microgreens so great?
They are much less work than sprouts. They have to be rinsed with water at least twice a day and everything has to be extremely clean and hygienic, otherwise you’ll quickly have a mold crop instead of sprout happiness.
On the other hand, the microgreens come on a thin layer of soil, 0.5 cm is quite enough, or even just on a fleece or a kitchen towel. Because they are harvested after only a few days, soil is not really necessary, since they do not need any nutrients in this short cultivation period. There is no need for a special container. A plate, a discarded plastic bowl or other shallow container will suffice for the mini-greens. Water it once, put a transparent film over it and it will start to sprout. So if you like it uncomplicated, Micorgreens is just right for you.
Microgreens put you in a good mood!
Sure, they are absolute vitamin bombs and are often called superfoods from the windowsill. But even more than that they are healthy, they make you happy! Especially in the winter months, when it is dreary and gray outside and we garden lovers are completely deprived of greenery, the fresh leaves of microgreens bring life and good humor back into the sad garden soul. It’s really fun to grow, harvest and cook with them again – so life comes back into the joint and colorful on the plate!
What to do with microgreens?
Use them for cooking, of course! Whereby, really cooked does not have to be at all necessarily, because suddenly a brown bread gets a completely new pleasure factor, if for example the easily sharp mustard leaves lie on it. Or a burger on crispy green tips? In salads they may not be missing in any case and who cooks gladly for friends can provide with the Microgreens on the plate immediately for star restaurant feeling. And who knows if one or the other of you will become a micro-gardener!
You want to know more about microgreens, sprouts and Co? Then I can recommend these books to your green fingers: