EN on Foods

June 2010 Issue

Microgreens Become a Macro Trend to Follow

Thin and delicate, microgreens are the tiniest form of edible greens, micro-versions of salad greens, herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. Though short on height (at a mere one to two inches), microgreens are tall in flavor. Don’t confuse them with sprouts, which are harvested just after a seed’s germination; microgreens are the second phase of a seed’s development. They have established roots and are harvested at the opening of the first leaves, from 10 to 21 days after the seeds are sown. Their rainbow hues—shades of green to fuchsia—denote their cache of health-protective plant pigments. Depending on the microgreen variety, they provide varying amounts of vitamins A and C, minerals and fiber.

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