Microgreens are essentially baby vegetables, harvested around 11 days after germination. Why harvest them so early I hear you say, well it has been scientifically proven that the nutritional content is condensed at this very early stage of growth, just when the plant starts to show its first leaf (cotyledon). As the plant matures into the larger form that we are used to seeing in the supermarkets the nutrient and vitamin content fades. Apart from the health benefits of microgreens, which are abundant, they also look and taste great.
Let’s look a little closer at some of the health benefits of microgreens. It is pretty much common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for you, due to the high levels of vitamins and minerals, the healthier you are the less likely you are to catch an infection or disease, your mood and overall mental health will also significantly increase.
What are the Vitamins we are talking about that are abundant in microgreens?
Vitamin C and K are two of the most plentiful, they help to keep our skin and bones healthy as well as healing wounds. Generally, the studies have found that nutrients can be up to 40 times higher in some microgreens than in their more mature versions. Take pea Shoots for example, which have up to 5 times the level of Vitamin C as the equivalent weight in blueberries.
Vitamin E which helps to boost our immune system is another key Vitamin that studies have shown microgreens are packed with. Plant-based foods, especially microgreens are packed with natural anti-oxidants which help to fight those free radicals that can cause us health issues.