We created this FAQ section as a “quick start” into microgreens. Almost every question you have about microgreens will be briefly answered on this page. We go into more details on the full answers in our blog posts
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are young plants harvested shortly after they have germinated, generally within 10-14 days. They are smaller than traditional greens and possess a concentrated flavor and nutrient content.
What Are the Nutritional Benefits of Eating Microgreens?
Microgreens are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. They are also a source of dietary fiber and various antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and help protect against disease.
How Do You Grow Microgreens?
Microgreens are easy to grow. Start with a shallow container, high-quality potting mix, and your favorite type of seeds. Place the seeds on the soil, cover lightly with soil, water, and place in a sunny location.
What Types of Microgreens Can Be Grown?
A variety of microgreens can be grown, including arugula, kale, mustard greens, radish, sunflower, and many more.
How Do You Harvest Microgreens?
Microgreens should be harvested when they reach 1-2 inches in height. Use scissors or a knife to cut the stem just above the soil line.
How Do You Store Microgreens?
Store microgreens in a perforated plastic bag or container. Place in the refrigerator and use within a few days.
How Do You Use Microgreens in Cooking?
Microgreens make a great addition to salads, soups, sandwiches, and other dishes. They can also be used as a garnish or in smoothies.
What Is the Difference Between Microgreens and Sprouts?
Microgreens and sprouts are both immature plants, but there are some key differences. Sprouts are harvested when they’re just a few days old, while microgreens are harvested a few weeks later, when they’re 1-2 inches tall. Sprouts are grown in water, while microgreens are grown in soil.
How Long Do Microgreens Last?
Microgreens can last up to a week when stored properly in the refrigerator.
Are Microgreens Safe to Eat?
Yes, microgreens are safe to eat. To ensure their safety, be sure to buy from a reputable source and store and prepare them properly.
What Is the Best Way to Wash Microgreens?
To wash microgreens, fill a bowl with cold water and gently swish the greens around. Drain the water and repeat if needed.
What Is the Shelf Life of Microgreens?
The shelf life of microgreens varies depending on the type of green and how they were grown. Generally, they can last up to a week when stored properly in the refrigerator.
Are Microgreens Organic?
Microgreens can be grown either organically or conventionally. Look for organic certification if you want to be sure that your microgreens are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.
Where Can I Buy Microgreens?
Microgreens can be found at many grocery stores, farmers markets, and online retailers.
How Much Do Microgreens Cost?
The cost of microgreens varies depending on where you buy them, the type, and the quantity. Generally, you can expect to pay around $3-$5 per ounce.
How Do Microgreens Compare to Baby Greens?
Baby greens are harvested after they have fully matured, while microgreens are harvested while they are still young. Microgreens are smaller than baby greens, and they also possess a more concentrated flavor and nutrient content.
What Are the Health Benefits of Eating Microgreens?
Eating microgreens can help to boost the intake of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber and antioxidants. This can help reduce inflammation and protect against disease.
Do Microgreens Need to Be Cooked?
No, microgreens do not need to be cooked. They can be eaten raw or cooked lightly.
What Is the Best Way to Store Microgreens?
Store microgreens in a perforated plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. They should be used within a few days.
How Do I Know when My Microgreens Are Ready to Harvest?
Microgreens are ready to harvest when they reach 1-2 inches in height.