Microgreens are the tiny young greens full of nutrients which are more popular lately. They are absolutely easy to grow. It is very special to grow our own food full of nutrients which boosts the health.
Here are the 8 microgreens which are full of nutrients and absolutely simple to grow.
The 8 Most Nutritious Microgreens To Be Grown And Included In Diet:
Though the bright yellow colour of the sunflower makes you happy, the fact that they can also be used as microgreens makes you even happier. Studies have proved that the sunflower microgreens contain nutrients abundantly. It provides amino acids required, lowers blood cholesterol level and also helps in hormone regulation.
Sunflower microgreens are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Vitamin E,beta-carotene, potassium, lutein, iron, calcium etc and they are low in calories. It also contains zinc in higher concentration.
Soak the sunflower seeds in water for 1 day before seeding to enhance the rate of germination. These microgreens take 1 to 2 days for germination and will be ready for the harvest within 10 days.
Radish microgreens are one of the best leafy greens to be added in your food .
It helps in weight loss, boosts immunity, detoxifies the body, is anti-inflammatory, prevents constipation and improves digestion.
Radish microgreens contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin, C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, protein, calcium, dietary fibre, zinc, potassium, iron etc.
Radish seeds take 3 to 4 days for the germination to occur and can be harvested by 10 to 12 days.
Arugula microgreens are rich in vitamin C. Include them in salads as they have a bitter peppery flavour.
They possess a number of health benefits including lowers Hypertension, Enhances bone development, Helps in detoxification, acta as an antioxidants.
Arugula seeds take less than 5 days for germination and can be harvested within 2 weeks. Make sure that you don’t overwater the seeds.
The process of germination is real quick as they are capable of growing well in both hot as well as cold climates.
When it comes to basil microgreens there are a number of types and each type has different taste and texture. Flavours like sweet, spicy, bittery, zesty are more popular.
Following are the most popular basil microgreens:
As basil microgreens are rich in polyphenols and Vitamin K, they help in maintaining good health and reduce inflammation and also act as antioxidants. It also enhances gut health. Used in Ayurvedic medicine as well.
Basil seeds generally take 4 to 5 days to germinate and can be harvested by 2 weeks.
Do not soak the seeds before planting as it forms a gel-like material around the seeds which makes it difficult to plant them.
Cilantro, popularly known as coriander with intense citrus flavour are consumed as microgreens.
These microgreens help in maintaining general health, bone growth, has anticancer, anti-inflammatory properties and also helps relieve hypertension. They are rich in Vitamin A,B,C and K and also consist of potassium, calcium, zinc, iron and also antioxidants.
Cilantro seeds are available both in complete seed form or as split.
Complete seeds has to be soaked for about 6 hours before seeding, but skip soaking in case of splits.
5 to 6 days will be taken for the germination and can be harvested after 18 to 20 days. It is better to grow them in a place below 21 degrees celsius and on coconut coir for higher yield.
Pea microgreens are a very good source of nutrition. They are rich in Carbohydrates, protein, Vitamin A, C, E and folic acid. These microgreens boost the immune system and enhance eye health. They have a mild flavour. Consumed either raw or cooked.
Soak the seeds before seeding for 10 to 12 hours. They usually take 3 to 4 days for the germination and will be ready for the harvest within 12 to 14 days. Grown either on soil or coco coir.
Cabbage microgreens are as rich in nutrients as their mature counterparts. They have a mild cabbage flavor and used in garnishing. Cabbage microgreens are rich in potassium, iron, beta-carotenes, Vitamin A, C, E, K and also antioxidants and minerals. These microgreens improve digestion, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol etc.
Soak the seeds before seeding for 24 to 48 hours till the seeds turn one shade darker. They usually take 2 to 3 days for the germination and will be ready for the harvest within 10 to 15 days. Grown either on soil or coco coir.
Red veined sorrel popularly known as Blood Sorrel are a versatile microgreens with fresh green leaves and a zesty tangy flavor. Include them in either cooked recipes or salads.
They are rich in vitamin B, C, minerals, and also have antioxidant properties. They cure boils or skin rashes
Red veined sorrel microgreens are generally slow growing microgreens. Do not soak the seeds before seeding. Germination process takes 3 to 10 days. Place them in a dark room during germination phase and after this they have to be grown under sunlight till 15 to 16 days. These microgreens will be ready for the harvest after 18 days.
As the above mentioned microgreens are full of nutrients, try out your hands on growing them and include them in your diet for a good health and well being.