The 'almighty' micro-greens

"Microgreens have increased in popularity among farmers and home growers alike. I would dare say that they have surpassed sprouts in popularity for several reasons. Microgreens are very young plants that are harvested for their cotyledons, the first two leaves that emerge during germination. For some microgreens, harvesting when the plant is just past the cotyledon stage and have their first “true” leaves is desirable. Sprouts are plants that have barely sprouted and are harvested a tad earlier than the cotyledon stage.", says Victorian Tilley, farm energy educator at AmeriCorps. 

"The primary difference in microgreens and sprouts is that sprouts do not need any sunlight and typically grow in water, and microgreens, since they have a slightly longer lifespan, require sunlight and grow in a soil medium. Growing microgreens, often called “shoots,” is attractive to growers since they average seven to 10 days to “maturity,” are easy to grow indoors or in a small space, are grown in soil, do not require much attention after they have been established, add variety to many dishes, and are packed with nutrients!"

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