Microgreens are becoming increasingly popular to use in cooking because of their fresh taste and lively colors. By now you might be asking yourself: What are microgreens? Microgreens consist of stems and leaves and are very different from sprouts. Unlike sprouts, microgreens’ stems are cut, leaving the root behind; this allows them to be produced in water. Instead, they grow in a soil substitute, most commonly, peat moss. Read on to learn the many benefits of using microgreens.
Microgreens are cut at a younger age than most other plants, and therefore have a very unique, fresh taste. Incredibly, the flavor of microgreens is typically even more flavorful than it would be if they were allowed to grow to their full size. There are a variety of microgreens which offer many different flavors. If you find you are not a fan of a type of microgreen, do not hesitate to try another. Each type offers a different flavor all together so even if you do enjoy a particular kind, try another!
Many Uses for Microgreens in Food
Just as there is a variety of microgreens, there are also many ways in which they can be used. For those who love smoothies, microgreens can be placed into a juicer to add flavor and accent your smoothie. Another way of trying the incredibly fresh flavor of microgreens is by adding it to your salad. Microgreens can also be crunchy so by adding them to sandwiches, you can get an extra kick of flavor as well as texture.
Accent your Plate
Microgreens have a unique, and dynamic taste, but they also come in vibrant colors. If you are looking to freshen up a plate, try adding microgreens. Many times, when cooking, you end up with a tasty meal but a plate full of neutral colors. Next time you cook try adding microgreens. Their bright color makes a great addition to a neutral plate while also adding fresh flavor. If you want to make a 5-star plate, make sure you have microgreens on hand.
While it takes less time to grow microgreens than other plants, it’s still not recommended to grow microgreens on your own. Those who grow microgreens spend a lot of time making sure they are high quality, so in order to get the most vibrant colors and freshest flavors, it’s best to purchase microgreens from professional producers.
So, have you ever tried microgreens? What is your opinion? How do you typically use microgreens: in salads or elsewhere? Let us know in the comments!