What are Micro-Greens?
Next time you’re doing your grocery shopping and are browsing the produce aisle, consider these tiny plants: Micro-Greens (the young seedlings of edible veggies and herbs) (2nd stage of plant) might just be the smartest things to put in your grocery cart. Once relegated to health food stores, these nutrition-packed, delicate greens, typically harvested less than 14 days after germination, have the flavor of the grown plant but contain four to 40 times more nutrients than their mature counterparts, according to a study conducted at the University of Maryland.
“Micro-Greens are a definite new trend in food, and lots of chefs are incorporating Micro-Greens into their dishes. By harvesting these greens before they’re fully grown and developed, you’ll end up with a health-packed plate of super-healthy greens that lend an added antioxidant and Phytonutrient bonus to salads, sandwiches and sides.
Micro-greens are rich in nutrients.
While their nutrients contents vary from one plant to the next, they are all rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper.
They are also a great antioxidant. Their nutrients are concentrated and have a much higher level of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidant levels than a mature plant, an average of 40% more according to some research. Research also shows that they also contain a good level of polyphenols.
That means every time you eat a plate full of microgreens, you’re getting 40 times more vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and other nutrients. These powerful plants will keep you away from health issues as you grow older.