BENEFITS TO INCORPORATING MICROGREENS INTO YOUR DIET
AUTHOR: Sarah Subrize
Microgreens are well known for being beautiful garnishes to finish plating a meal, but they have so many benefits other than just being aesthetically pleasing.
Microgreens are young vegetable greens, specifically seedlings harvested in the primary stage of their growth and are usually harvested 7–21 days after germination, once the plant’s first true leaves have emerged.
These small but mighty baby vegetables and herbs add a splash of color and texture to dishes. They can be incorporated into salads, sandwiches, wraps, make vibrantly hued garnishes to different meals (giving them the nickname of vegetable confetti), and even blended into smoothies. They can be used in so many ways.
They add interesting textures and tastes to dishes.
Microgreens are not only beautiful to look at, but they also elevate dishes on a sensory level. Microgreens can be grown from many different types of seeds. Whether it’s broccoli micro greens, radish, pea shoots, etc. They all vary in taste, which can range from subtle to spicy, slightly sweet, or even peppery, depending on the variety. Their flavor is considered stronger and more concentrated than their full-size counterparts. From a culinary perspective, this allows for new and different depths of flavors to be added to recipes. It could even potentially have a healthy side effect as the fascinating flavors from these small plants could reduce the need to add additional seasoning, having an indirect health benefit.
They are highly nutritious
Each microgreen variety has its ensemble of good stuff, but microgreens are a great way to get your vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Often containing higher nutrient levels than their more mature counterparts, microgreens deliver a concentrated dose of beneficial plant compounds. They also have many benefits to adding into your diet in terms of nutrition, considering their high content of healthy compounds. As a result, this may reduce the risk of certain diseases. Since Brick Street Farms can grow their microgreens 365 days a year in controlled perfect growing conditions, the microgreens are always in season. This and the fact that the produce goes from harvest to destination helps retain even more of their nutrition compared to one’s sitting in your typical grocery store.
They offer a more sustainable way for our food system.
Microgreens are helping us see a brighter and more sustainable way for our food system. At Brick Street Farms, they use exponentially less water and resources compared to conventional farming for all their produce, including their micro greens. There is no use of pesticides, dirt, or bugs. Microgreens can be grown very simply, even in small spaces, being suitable for urban agriculture allowing for more sustainable cultivation and taking advantage of renewable sources.
Microgreens can be a tasty addition to sweet and savory dishes, and they may have more nutrients than their conventional counterparts while bettering our food system. All proof that microgreens are a great addition to an already healthy diet. So, eat your (micro)greens!