This week at Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio we’re learning about how easy it is to grow your own Microgreens.
Did you know….
- Microgreens are young greens that are harvested around 1-2 weeks, just after sprouting.
- There are over 25 different types of microgreens.
- Microgreens can be harvested from many vegetables you may already know, such as arugula, brocolli, celery, and radishes.
- Microgreens contain 40x more nutrients than their fully grown counterparts.
- Most microgreens are a great source of vitamin A, C, E, and K.
- Microgreens lose their nutrients very quickly when cooked, try to eat them raw as much as possible.
- Microgreens are packed full of flavour, try incorporating them in small amounts at first.
- Microgreens add a pop of colour to almost any dish, try using them as a garnish on pizza or even on top of soup.
- Store microgreens in the fridge and wash in cold water to avoid damaging them.
- Microgreens are an easy way to increase your nutrient intake, try adding them to salad, blending them into a smoothie or even using them in sandwiches or wraps like you would lettuce.
You can purchase a ‘Grow Kit’ for Microgreens, or you can make your own:
- Use a small seed tray or recycle a food tub as a container for the seeds to grow in. Cut some felt or kitchen roll to the shape of the container and place it in the bottom, it will hold water well.
- Wet the felt or kitchen roll and sprinkle the seeds on top.
- After sowing, place the container on a warm windowsill or in a glasshouse to germinate. The ideal temperatures for germination are 18–22°C (65–72°F).
- As the seeds begin to grow, make sure they have a regular supply of moisture by watering carefully or misting as they are delicate.
- Carry out regular taste tests, as the flavours will develop as they grow. Cut with some scissors as you need them and add the micro greens to salads and sandwiches.
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