You may have seen this green trimmings pop up in the produce section at your local grocery. Or maybe you’ve seen them labeled “shoots” at the farmer’s market. You’re probably wondering who in the world eats these grass clippings and what in the world they’re for! Let me help explain:
They are called microgreens.
A microgreen falls in between a sprout and a baby plant. They are cut before the plants’ first true leaves appear. Microgreens are typically around 1.5 - 3 inches tall. They are extremely nutrient dense and good for you.
Microgreens are 10x more nutritious than the plant in it’s mature form. For example, radish microgreens contain 10x the amount of vitamins and nutrients than eating a radish alone. They may be small, but they pack a punch in the health department! They are full of antioxidants, iron, and many other nutrients.
So, you grab a small bag of them. Now what?
Microgreens can be used in SO many ways! The most common ways to eat them are in salads, wraps and on sandwiches, but people also love to use them as garnishes on pizza, soup, omelets, and many other dishes.
They can also be blended into a smoothie, juiced, or my personal favorite, on top of a burger or BLT! Anywhere you use lettuce, microgreens can be used as well.
They are super tasty but not overpowering. I highly encourage you to give them a try. They’re very good for you and will make your dishes extra pretty ;)
Microgreens also have a long shelf life. They will last anywhere from 10-20 days in the fridge if stored properly. (Keep a napkin inside the container to soak up moisture).
So the next time you come across some microgreens or pea/sunflower shoots, give them a try! And come back and let us know what you think! Better yet, join our CSA program where we ill be including microgreens in many of the boxes this season!
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