What are microgreens?
Microgreens are an increasingly popular mini produce that you can find in restaurants and sometimes grocery stores. These tiny vegetables range from 2.5-7cm tall. Although they are much smaller than our regular produce, don’t be fooled as these tiny greens are up to x40 times more nutritious than their mature counterparts!
They are easily added to any dish to not only boost the nutrition, but add extra flavour and visual appeal. You may be able to find these baby greens garnished onto your restaurant orders such pizzas and soups, or served as a mini but highly nutritious salad.
Because they are so small yet nutrient-packed, microgreens are a great way to start introducing more greens into your diet (this includes picky eaters! We speak from experience!).
Microgreens come in a variety of tastes and textures. Take our best-selling microgreens for example:
- Sunflower Microgreens: nutty & crunchy
- White Radish microgreens: spicy & peppery
- Red Amaranth microgreens: sweet & earthy flavour
- Pea shoots microgreens: crunchy & sweet
Each one of these takes a different amount of days to grow, with the quickest being just 7 days!
Health Benefits of Microgreens
Microgreens are concentrated in nutrients. While each variety has a slight difference in nutrient content, all microgreens are a rich source of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. This helps reduce the risks of:
- Heart disease: Microgreens are high in antioxidants– including polyphenols, which are linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease: Antioxidants such as polyphenols, which microgreens are rich in, also help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetes: Did you know that certain types of stress can prevent sugar from properly entering our cells? Antioxidant-rich foods can help lower this, enhancing cellular sugar uptake by 25-44% instead.
- Certain types of cancers: Microgreens, fruits and vegetables which are high in the antioxidant polyphenol can help reduce the risk of various cancer types.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I eat microgreens?
Microgreens can and are best eaten raw, as the flavour and nutrients will be most intact.
You can add or garnish microgreens on top of just about any dish– toast, pizzas, salads, soups, rice dishes, noodles, porridge, or even desserts!
If you find some peat moss near the base of your microgreens, lightly rinse it off and it is ready to use. Try sprinkling one type, or have a fun mix of flavours with multiple!
How do I harvest microgreens?
All you need is a pair of scissors and to just snip it off at the base. Each microgreen is full of nutrients so be sure to get them all!
How do I store my microgreens?
You can store your microgreens in the fridge.
For live plant microgreens: You can store the entire container into the fridge. We recommend harvesting them to prevent overgrowth & store them in a plastic container with a damp kitchen towel.
For pre-cut microgreens: you may pop the mini tub into the fridge.
Can I continue to grow the microgreens from Sunway XFarms even more?
As we deliver our microgreens to you at peak maturity & flavour, we recommend consuming them as soon as possible. To prevent overgrowth, you may harvest the whole box & keep it in a plastic container with a damp kitchen towel.
If you’d like to grow your own microgreens, check out our Microgreens Growing Kit!
My box of microgreens looks like it's dying, what should I do?
Most likely your microgreens are drying out, if you water the peat moss they should spring back to life. We recommend harvesting them to prevent overgrowth & to store them in a plastic container with a damp kitchen towel. If you have specific concerns about your produce, do get in touch with our team.
Do you have microgreen growing workshops?
We are in the midst of planning a workshop to teach how to grow your very own microgreens at home. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay tuned for updates!
Can I reuse the peat moss to grow plants?
We do not recommend reusing the peat moss, however, it makes a great brown matter for your compost.