This post is all about kohlrabi microgreens
Are you ready to add some exciting flavors and textures to your dishes while also providing your body with vital nutrients? If yes, then Kohlrabi microgreens are the perfect addition to your gardening routine! These greens are incredibly easy and fast to grow, making them an ideal choice for beginners.
Once they are fully grown, Kohlrabi microgreens add a visual appeal and depth of flavor to your dishes, from soups and salads to sandwiches. But, wait, there's more! These microgreens are also packed with nutrients that can benefit your health, including aiding in digestion, promoting weight loss, and even improving vision.
So why wait? Start growing Kohlrabi microgreens today and elevate your meals to the next level!
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How To Grow Kohlrabi Microgreens
Are you ready to grow some tasty and nutritious kohlrabi microgreens? Then let's get started with what you'll need!
First off, you can easily grow kohlrabi microgreens with just a microgreen kit and a pack of kohlrabi seeds, right by your window - as long as it's well sunlit. But if your window doesn't get enough light, don't worry, we've got you covered.
All you need to do is get your hands on an LED grow light. And to make the most of your LED grow light, you'll also need a wired shelf to place it under.
With these essential materials in hand, you'll be well on your way to growing delicious and healthy kohlrabi microgreens in no time!
Containers: At Least 3 growing trays
Growing Medium: Such as soil or coco coir
Grow Lights: T8 Grow Lights are the way to go
Misting Water Bottle
Are you ready to start your microgreen journey? Don't worry, it's not as expensive as you might think. Once you've invested in the grow trays and lights, you can use them again and again for every new grow.
The only things you'll need to replace each time are the seeds and the growing medium. For the kohlrabi microgreens we're focusing on, I recommend getting seeds from Mountain Valley Seed Co. They've been my go-to for the best results.
Step 1: Prepare The Grow Tray
Let's get started on growing some delicious kohlrabi microgreens! For this grow, we will be using two 10 by 20-inch trays. The bottom tray will be filled with water to provide moisture to the growing medium. The top tray, with drainage holes, will hold the growing medium and seeds. This will ensure that water reaches the roots of the microgreens without causing mold to grow.
Before adding water, grab the tray without drainage holes and fill it with coco coir. Smooth out the surface and mist it well with a spray bottle. If you don't have a spray bottle, just sprinkle water over the coco coir until it is well moisturized.
Step 2: Add The Seeds
Make sure the growing medium is well-hydrated, and then add the kohlrabi seeds on top. Spread the seeds evenly throughout the container using your hands. Be careful not to over-seed, as this can cause your microgreens to grow unevenly, wilt, and even mold. Place enough seeds to get a thicker crop, but ensure that they are evenly spaced.
Step 3: Cover The Seeds
After planting the seeds, mist them and do not cover them with soil. Instead, place another container on top to blackout the seeds for 2-3 days. Keep the seeds and growing medium moist during the germination phase. On day 3, check how much the kohlrabi seeds have grown. If they are evenly sprouted and have tiny, folded leaves, you can take the cover tray off for good.
Step 4: Uncover And Give Light
On day 3 or 4, give your kohlrabi microgreens at least 12 hours of light every day, and they'll quickly turn green. I highly recommend using LED grow lights, although direct sunlight and fluorescent lights are also good. If your microgreens angle for light, be sure to rotate the tray occasionally.
Step 5: Check Daily
Your microgreens should have the right balance of water from now until harvest. Use the bottom tray to fill the container with water instead of watering with a spray bottle. Avoid watering the leaves, as this could increase the chances of mold growth. Check your microgreens daily to ensure they are growing well, and enjoy the process of growing your own nutritious and delicious kohlrabi microgreens!
How To Harvest Kohlrabi Microgreens
Kohlrabi microgreens are usually ready to harvest 8-12 days from seed, or when they reach about 2 inches in height. Kohlrabi microgreens are best harvested with scissors or a knife. Cut about half an inch above the growing medium, and there you go you have now successfully grown kohlrabi microgreens. Pretty easy right?
Washing and Drying Kohlrabi Microgreens
Use a colander to rinse your kohlrabi microgreens thoroughly under cold water. Dry the microgreens completely by spreading them over some paper towels and letting them air dry. You can also speed dry them by using a fan on a slow setting. Cut microgreens are best if eaten right after drying.
How To Store Kohlrabi Microgreens
After you harvest your kohlrabi microgreens you might be wondering how you're going to store them. Just simply place them loosely in a bowl or container and put them in the refrigerator.
What Kohlrabi Microgreens can be used for
These flavorful microgreens make a great base for any microgreen salad. The interesting color combinations make them great garnishes or additions to any soup or sandwich.
Health Benefits of Kohlrabi Microgreens
Kohlrabi microgreens have many disease-fighting properties. Other Health Benefits include:
1. Reduces Muscle Disorders
Kohlrabi contains notable quantities of potassium, and potassium has been found in multiple studies to stimulate the neural connectivity of muscles and the brain. Therefore It maintains optimal muscle and nerve function and helps keep our reflexes fast. (1)
2. Improves Bone Health
There are also specific properties of potassium that neutralize several acids in the body, which helps in maintaining and preserving calcium, making it easy to use for bone strength and durability. (2)
3. Supports The Nervous System
Potassium also helps improve the efficiency of nerve reflexes that send messages from one body part to another. This helps the muscles in your body complete many exercises every day without getting tired fast. (3)
4. Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Luckily Kohlrabi microgreens contain significant amounts of Vitamin C as seen in the chart below, and Vitamin C was found in one study to lower your risk of heart disease by 25%. (4)
5. Supports Immune System
Vitamin C is also involved in many parts of the immune system, and low vitamin C levels have been associated with poor health outcomes. Vitamin C helps the body create white blood cells which protect the body from infection. (5)
Kohlrabi Microgreens Nutritional Chart
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(1). Potassium contractures in single muscle fibres (nih.gov)
(2). Fruit and Vegetables | Linus Pauling Institute | Oregon State University
(3). The central nervous system in potassium homeostasis - PubMed (nih.gov)
(4). Antioxidant vitamins and coronary heart disease risk: a pooled analysis of 9 cohorts - PubMed (nih.gov)
(5). Technical advance: ascorbic acid induces development of double-positive T cells from human hematopoietic stem cells in the absence of stromal cells - PubMed (nih.gov)