What Are Micro-greens?
Micro-greens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested 7-21 days after germination, bearing a wide variety of shapes, flavors and colors. Micro-greens are nutrient dense powerhouses. During early development, vegetables need a full arsenal of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support their growth. Harvested so small, all of those nutrients go right to you.
A University of Maryland and USDA study confirmed, “The micro-greens were four to forty-fold more concentrated with nutrients like vitamins C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene than their mature counterparts,” according to a University researcher.
Micro-greens deliver nutrients that are important for eyes, skin, bones, healthy digestion, reducing inflammation, preventing cardiovascular disease, fighting cancer, and strengthening the immune system.
“All of these nutrients are extremely important and have all sorts of benefits associated with them,” says researcher Gene Lester, PhD, of the USDA. “… if you throw a big bunch of micro-greens on anything, that’s a pretty good shot of vitamins.”
Micro-greens Are Not Sprouts
Sprouts are seeds germinated in water just long enough (approx. 48 hours) to grow roots, a stem and pale, underdeveloped leaves.
Micro-greens are grown in a nutrient rich environment with plenty of sunlight for 7-21 days. They are then harvested above the soil.
Try ‘Em And Let Your Creativity Flow!
Micro-greens are excellent in salads, sandwiches, wraps, dips, soups, juiced, and as a snack. Try them on a burger, as a garnish or topper on an appetizer, mix them into veggie or meat dishes. Add to a pizza, chicken salad, eggs…
Pea Shoots contain Vitamins A, B, C and E,Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids, Pea shoots contain 20-25% protein. They are low in fat and calories.
(1) Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radicals commonly associated with high cancer risk.
(2) Vitamin A from beta-carotene is important for the skin and helps keep the immune system healthy and is commonly associated with increased cancer prevention.
(3) Folic acid, known as folate in its natural form, is one of the B-group of vitamins. It is needed to make healthy cells and blood, protect against DNA damage and is necessary for fetal development.
Pea shoots are dense with the antioxidants and phytonutrients needed to support the body’s complex inflammation system.
Use in a salad, on a sandwich, burger or BLT. Add to soup or a veggie sauté. Substitute for lettuce in anything. Eat as a snack plain or dipped in dressing or hummus.
Sunflower Shoots contain all 8 essential amino acids. Rich in protein, Omega 6, vitamins A, B complex, D and E and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. They also contain Lecithin, which helps break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water-soluble form and chlorophyll, which builds the blood supply, revitalizes tissue, calms inflammation, activates enzymes and deodorizes the body.
Eat raw, juice or add to any rice dish, salad, soup or sandwich.…any place you want to add a refreshing and nutty punch.
Vitamin E superstars boasting 165% of your RDA per oz.- can help build the immune system and protect organs and tissue from free radical damage.
Grower’s favorite use- Add to pizza before baking. Outstanding!
Russian Kale contains crucial Vitamins A, C and E, copper and manganese. Russian Kale also contains powerful antioxidants and has the same cancer fighting properties, Sulforaphane, as broccoli!
Broccoli micro-greens have recently become popular after it was discovered that they abound with the amazing cancer-fighting phytochemical, sulforaphane.
Research studies have shown that they contain as much as 50 times more sulforpohane than fresh broccoli. What’s more, they contain glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, substances that protect cells from becoming malignant, at 10-100 times greater levels than in fresh broccoli. In additon, they are sources of plant estrogens, similar to human estrogen, and so are helpful in cases of PMS, menopause, hot flashes and fibrocystic disease.
Nutrient dense, they are rich sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, anti-oxidants, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids, trace elements and antioxidants. Broccoli micro-greens contain as much as 35% protein.
Also look for Red Rambo Radish Micro-greens and Mustard Micro-greens from Morning Sun Farms.