What are Microgreens? Microgreens are tender immature greens produced from the seeds of herbs and vegetables. Depending on the species, microgreens are harvested between one and three inches tall at one to four weeks in growth. Microgreens are similar to sprouts in nutritional value but different in that only the leaves and stem of the baby plant are eaten, not the root as is done with sprouts.
What are the health benefits of Microgreens? John Hopkins scientists have found that, "Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk," says Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology (http://pages.jh.edu/~jhumag/0408web/talalay.html).
Why should you eat Microgreens? Dietary guidelines include dinner plates half-ﬁlled with fruits and vegetables. The strong flavors, bright colors and tender textures of microgreens can enhance salads, soups, omelettes and sandwiches. Also, microgreens complement a main entree as an edible garnish.