What are Micro Greens and what are they for?
First and foremost, we would like to explain what Micro Greens are. We must tell you that the Micro Greens are not germinated, since they have grown cotyledons and some pairs of true leaves. Sprouts are really just sprouts. Micro Greens are already capable of photosynthesis and therefore have a higher level of vitamins and other phytonutrients, such as carotenoids and polyphenols than sprouts and even adult plants. This is why Micro Greens are considered a Superfood.
It is also a very simple way to introduce vegetables to our children in a very easy way. Micro Greens can be consumed between 7 and 21 days after germination. Depending on the type of seed we use. Some germinate faster than others. They are used in juices or smoothies, as well as in salads or as an accompaniment to other dishes.
Where to grow Micro Greens
Now that we know what they are, we are going to explain the cultivation of Micro Greens in this guide. To begin with we are going to tell you the materials we will need to grow these micro plants:
- Growing trays or Tapers or directly in your garden,
- Our organic seeds for Micro Greens.
- A substrate or, as in our case, paper towels.
How to grow Micro Greens
- Wash the seeds and soak them.
Here we are going to depend a little on the type of seed and its size for this step. Depending a little on the varieties of seed, there are larger or very small ones. As a personal advice and after our experience, we advise to do this only with seeds that are more or less large. If we do this with small seeds, we may lose many of them along the way or it may not be entirely comfortable to pick them up later. So this step as we say we would only do it with the larger seeds.
2. We prepare the cultivation area.
Moisten well the surface chosen for our germination, either substrate that we have prepared or a paper towel. Remember to do it already in the container where they will germinate.
3. We chose our seeds and spread them.
Once we have the variety or varieties we are going to use, we spread them well over the surface we have chosen. We will do it uniformly, occupying as much space as possible and without leaving many gaps between them.
4. Moisten and cover.
Here we are going to use our sprayer, we moisten all the seeds, so that they are well moistened. Once we do this we cover them if we have chosen the taper or culture trays. We are going to give you a trick to germinate faster. You can spray water that is a little hot, without overdoing it. And placing the trays on hot areas of your house, such as a stove. This helps to create optimal conditions for germination.
After 24-72 hours depending on the variety selected, remove the lid and place in an area with indirect sunlight.
5. Maintenance of our seedlings.
Our Micro Greens will love it when you give them moisture through the use of the sprayer. For this we will spray 2 to 3 times a day.
How to harvest Micro Greens
Depending on the type of seed and variety we have chosen, in a period between 1 and 3 weeks after germination we will be able to consume this superfood. Scissors are used for harvesting. We will cut almost flush with the chosen surface, either substrate or napkin.
We will go harvesting in handfuls and if we want we can clean them… They are now ready for consumption.
They can also be kept for a few days in the refrigerator. The only problem is that it loses flavor and properties. Therefore, we recommend that you consume it immediately.
As you have seen, growing Micro Greens is very simple and we will not have to wait months to harvest. By making staggered crops of Micro Greens we can consume this superfood every week. In addition, it is a healthy and wholesome way to introduce vegetables to our children or even to people who do not like vegetables very much.
Our children will also be able to see and participate in this at home, learning about the cycles of plants.