Updated: Jun 4
Eating plenty of produce, especially leafy greens, is essential to any healthy diet. Often, people can struggle to eat enough greens and vegetables, and another challenge can be the availability of fresh produce. A new way of eating enough produce is becoming more popular, especially in areas where fresh and local produce isn’t readily available. Let’s look at how microgreens can fill an important role in your diet!
What are microgreens?
Microgreens are the seedlings of different types of plants, perfect for adding color, flavor, and high levels of nutrition to any meal. Many of your favorite plants can be eaten as microgreens, with unique flavors that can often be more subtle and distinct than full-grown greens. Microgreens often have hints of the same flavors as their full-grown counterparts, such as a slightly peppery flavor for radish, or a subtle nutty flavor for sunflower. In addition to the great flavor and texture of microgreens, many types of microgreens have a higher concentration of nutrition levels per cup than full-grown leafy greens!
Why are microgreens important?
For those living in food deserts, microgreens can fill an important role in a great diet, besides being a delicious addition to meals! Food deserts are considered areas where food products, fresh produce, and a variety of food items are simply not available. Where the climate isn’t ideal for growing produce, it often has to be brought in from far away, making essential fresh produce expensive, and often it doesn’t taste as good as locally grown produce.
Microgreens can help fill this gap in areas where fresh produce can’t be grown, or where it is too expensive. They are inexpensive, grow quickly, and do not require outdoor growing spaces in the proper climate. Microgreens can be grown year-round, indoors, and in any climate.
Locally sourced food is important even when the local climate isn’t exactly ideal for growing in the traditional way because you support local businesses and reap the benefits of better quality produce and higher nutrition. Locally grown produce will always be better tasting and because it doesn’t have far to travel, can be harvested at the optimal times. In addition to the benefits to your own health by eating fresh local microgreens, you support a local business at the same time, which improves availability for others in the local community.
Nutrition content in microgreens