Updated: Feb 4, 2022
Microgreens are miniature versions of common edible vegetables, herbs, grains, and flowers such as broccoli, basil, wheatgrass, and nasturtiums. Harvested when their first leaves appear. They are said to be some of the most nutritious foods in existence. Microgreens are becoming easier to find as more people learn about their benefits and farmers sell them through home deliveries, markets, and grocery stores. Try adding them to your diet if you haven't already.
Benefits of eating Microgreens
Fresh, nutritious, and convenient! Are you interested in healthy eating but find it challenging to get all of your daily fruits and vegetables? One of my favorite strategies for nourishing my mind, body, and soul is making microgreens part of my daily diet. Like their adult form (lettuce, basil, or arugula), they provide a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them ideal for any healthy diet. The key benefits of eating microgreens include keeping you healthy and happy while avoiding chronic diseases.
How to Eat Microgreens
The first and most common method is to sprinkle them in or on your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can also add micros as part of pesto or your morning smoothie. Finally, if you're looking for a more flavor-intensive experience, throw some micros in hot water and steep it like tea. Enjoy!
Microgreens and our agriculture future
Microgreens are ideal for rural and urban farms with a long list of nutritional benefits and ease of growing. They will play a key role as we advance and localize agriculture. The capability to grow indoors with a small footprint all year round AND faster harvests make this a brilliant crop choice and a viable business solution without an outrageous investment. Which is a great way to create resilience and sustainability in our local community and commerce.
Why supporting local farmers is essential.
Purchasing local produce from farms or farmer's markets is known to increase our likelihood of incorporating healthy fruits and vegetables into our diets than when buying produce from supermarkets. Local foods often taste better and have a longer shelf life than imported goods that have been shipped cross-country. Your taste buds get a boost in flavor, and you get ongoing nutrition. This is just scratching the surface; more on this to come.