This article is all about Growing Microgreens.
Microgreens, if you don't know already are simply younger versions of adult vegetables and herbs. They are baby plants that are harvested very early, usually within 12 days of germinating.
They will provide you with some much-needed nutrition and should be something everyone grows. If everyone grew microgreens then starvation and food shortages would never happen.
Diseases and cancer percentages will fall and overall more people will be living healthier lives. Which makes them possibly one of the best foods that you can grow at home.
Not only that but wouldn't you like to have the power and control of where you're food comes from? Being dependent on a store to feed you is not sustainable nor do they have your best interest at heart. They just want profit, and they make that profit off of you.
Growing you're own food is one way you can take your power back, and microgreens are an excellent crop to start growing first, as they're easy to grow and provide many health benefits. So, now let us get into my list of 16 microgreens I highly recommend you start growing at home immediately.
Microgreens You Must Grow
Kohlrabi microgreens are fast and easy to grow and can be grown in soil or hydroponically, the seeds take about 2-3 days to germinate and can be harvested in as little as 8 days.
They can be used to add flavor, texture, and visual appeal to soups, salads, and sandwiches, and as with all microgreens, Kohlrabi is not short on health benefits!
It is filled with nutrition that is known to help with digestion, weight loss, vision, and other health issues.
Mustard microgreens grow quickly and uniformly like most brassicas in the right conditions. A fairly warm spot with good airflow and light is essential.
Overall mustard microgreens are fun and easy plants to grow. They come in many colors and have varying degrees of spiciness. They are also some of the healthiest plants out there and are rich in many vitamins and minerals.
Red cabbage is easy to grow and grows quickly! It grows well in soil or hydroponically. The seeds germinate in 2-3 days and are ready to harvest in as little as 7 days.
Red cabbage microgreens are also full of nutrients that help keep you're eyesight protected, you're immune system healthy, and help prevent premature aging.
There’s perhaps no other food like red cabbage that is quite as simple and effective at preventing diseases.
Growing arugula microgreens is a great green to start, it grows very quickly and can be harvested in as little as 6 days. The seeds grow well both in soil or hydroponically, and only take 1-2 days to germinate.
The taste of arugula is definitely on the spicier side of microgreens that goes well with salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Arugula microgreens also have plenty of cardiovascular, nervous, and digestive health benefits.
Kale microgreens contain as much as 4 times more nutrients than a full mature kale plant. Which makes it a very beneficial microgreen for you're overall health.
Kale microgreens have a flavor of mild cabbage or kale but taste slightly sweeter. They can be used in salads, soups, and sandwiches. You can even juice them and add them to wheatgrass shots or even smoothies.
Broccoli makes an excellent microgreen, as it is one of the easiest and fastest crops to grow. It grows very well hydroponically but can also be grown in soil.
Broccoli seeds do not require presoaking and germinate in just 2-3 days, The leaves and stems color up quickly and can be harvested in as little as 8 days.
Broccoli microgreens have more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than a head of broccoli. They also have an incredible source of protein and are just super tasty with a flavor similar to cabbage. You can use this microgreen in most dishes or simply as a beautiful garnish.
Clover microgreens are fast and easy to grow, as the germination is quick and the success rate is high.
Clover seeds germinate in just 1-2 days and should be ready to harvest in as little as 8 days. You can use a variety of methods to grow them, such as in a glass, using a wet cloth, or a hydroponic pad. Of course, they can also be grown in soil or coco coir.
Clover microgreens make great additives for sandwiches and salads and have a juicy flavor and crunchy texture.
Radish Microgreens are the fastest-growing microgreens of all. These microgreens are very easy to grow and can be harvested as early as 5 days.
Radish microgreens have a very spicy flavor and very much resemble the case of radishes.
Due to all their nutritional content, they contain many health benefits including cardiovascular, cancer preventive, and weight loss benefits.
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Sunflower microgreens are easy to grow and can be harvested in as little as 8 days. Sunflower seeds germinate in just 2-3 days and prefer to be grown in soil.
Sunflower microgreens are an excellent source of vitamins and include a rich supply of minerals that are key in any healthy diet.
For these reasons, sunflower microgreens are among the most popular in the market.
Chia microgreens are considered to be among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are a great additive for sandwiches and salads and have a bitter taste and crunchy texture.
Chia microgreens deliver a huge amount of nutrients with very few calories. They are loaded with antioxidants and due to this contains many health benefits such as supporting healthy digestive function and help reduce the risks of diabetes.
11. Pea Shoot
Pea Microgreens are mini veggies filled with high nutrition. Having a sweet and tender taste, these mini leaves are excellent to eat both raw or cooked. They also make a great garnish or addition to any salad.
Due to how many antioxidants they have they provide many anti-inflammatories, cardiovascular and cancer preventing health benefits.
Basil microgreens are sweeter and stronger than mature plants and can have up to 5 times more nutrients!
Basil microgreens are high in polyphenols and vitamins K. These are known to have anti-inflammatory properties and aid in regulating digestive and other natural bodily functions.
Beetroot microgreens are an excellent variety for first-time growers, beetroot microgreens are very easy to grow and are usually ready to harvest in 12 to 15 days from seed. They are very nutritious containing many vitamins and minerals.
Beetroot microgreens have plenty of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and body cleansing properties.
Wheatgrass has become a very popular health food. Wheatgrass is best when it is juiced and can be mixed with other juices, you can even add it to a smoothie with frozen fruit.
It can also be enjoyed fresh in salads and other meals.
This amazing microgreen is filled with vitamins and minerals which will provide you with many health benefits.
Cauliflower microgreens are easy to grow and have a deliciously mild, fresh broccoli flavor with a peppery bite. They also provide numerous health benefits.
Cauliflower microgreens are one of the most attractive microgreens to grow. They look very uniform with glossy dark green leaves and violet stems.
They are an excellent choice as a base for any microgreens salad or just added to salads. Because of their crisp texture, they’re also a great raw topping for sandwiches or burgers.
Cress Microgreens are very popular due to how easy it is to grow and the fact that it’s one of the most nutrient-dense microgreens.
Cress is great for smoothies, juicing, or as an addition to a salad mix to add some extra spice.
Cress microgreens are packed with many antioxidants, which prevent free radicals from damaging your cells.
These antioxidants protect you from illnesses including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Overall microgreens are an excellent choice when choosing to grow your food at home. They grow quickly, are inexpensive, and offer numerous health benefits.
If you would like to find out more about microgreens and how to grow them feel free to read my Microgreen Guide. Which teaches you step by step how to grow each specific microgreen on this list.