So what exactly is the deal with the tiny little versions of herbs and vegetables that we know and love? Are they just a pretty garnish, a splash of flavour, or is there actually a good reason to eat them?
In a nutshell, although they are indeed a pretty and tasty garnish that comes in a variety of flavours and colours. But they are also SO. MUCH. MORE.
Microgreens pack a punch of nutrition and flavour to rival their full grown versions.
What they are
Microgreens are quite simply the shoots of vegetables (and other edible plants) picked just after the very first leaves, called cotyledon leaves, develop. Not to be confused with "sprouts" or "baby greens", microgreens are harvested before true leaves develop.
Delicious and nutritious
If you've ever tasted microgreens you already know that these tiny greens pack BIG flavour. If you haven't you're in for a treat. Typically microgreens taste much like their full grown counterparts though quite stronger. Some varieties however deliver other unexpected flavours. In our harvest listings we describe the flavour profiles of the different varieties to aid your selection process.
But are they nutritious? Does a plant harvested so early in its development actually contain the same nutrition as a fully developed one? Researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service have published several studies showing that in fact microgreens generally contain considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature counterparts. That's amazing! It means you can to eat less to get more, and your picky eater can get their daily requirement of vitamins in a single sitting.
After some intense snacking sessions with our team of junior researchers, we identified the "kid approved" varieties to take the guesswork out of shopping for your young foodies.
How to eat them
In our humble opinion, microgreens are the easiest ingredient to incorporate into your daily menu. There really is no wrong way to eat them.
Best consumed raw or folded into something warm, they can also be used in smoothies.
Garnish your pizzas, pastas, soups
Fold them into omelettes, paninis, stir-fries
Add them to salads, sandwiches, wraps
Use them in smoothies
or just eat them by the handful!
Browse our "food mood board" and curated collection of easy and adaptable recipes for more ideas on how to include the delicious goodness of microgreens in your meals everyday.