Microgreens – Powerful Little Plants
- Packed with nutrition – 40 times more than full sized plant.
- High in antioxidants – food is medicine
- High in vitamin C, protects against free radicals
University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed the nutrient composition of 25 commercially available microgreen varieties. They discovered that in general microgreen cotyledon leaves had considerably higher nutritional densities than their mature counterparts (cotyledon leaves refer to the embryonic first leaves of a seedling). This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
How to Grow Microgreens at Home
- A tray with a clear lid
- Seeds (organic)
- Spray bottle with mist ability
- Potting soil
- Paper towel
- Greenhouse flats
- Recycled reused lettuce containers (food grade plastics only)
- Cute pots or cups (thrift stores)
1 “ from the top of the container to leave room for cutting once the greens are ready.
Enough seed to thickly cover the surface
Water and Cover
Cover to keep out light
Optional (shown here): Cover with organic white paper towel, diaper or other 100% cotton clothe. Wet the towel or clothe with spray bottle and put on the lid if you have one. The towel will remove some of the empty seed pods reducing cleaning.