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 WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?

AREN'T THEY JUST A GARNISH?

MICROGREENS ARE TINY EDIBLE VERSIONS OF VEGETABLE GREENS AND HERBS WE KNOW AND LOVE. THEY ARE GROWN AND HARVESTED WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS, JUST AFTER THE COTYLEDON LEAVES HAVE DEVELOPED AND ONE SET OF TRUE LEAVES.

 

In 2012, Researchers with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) completed one of the first studies to determine the level of nutrients in microgreens compared to their mature counterparts.

 

This study found that “In comparison with nutritional concentrations in mature leaves (USDA National Nutrient Database), the microgreen cotyledon leaves possessed higher nutritional densities.”

 

Depending on the plant, microgreens contained 4 to 40 times more nutrients than their mature counterparts (like vitamin c and vitamin e). And that can be a lot when trying to budget in healthy foods!