I started my love for micro-greens after using alfalfa sprouts. I loved the sight of them and it set me thinking if I could get such nice tiny version of other leafy greens.
Micro-greens is mostly known for their use in gourmet foods but of late as people are becoming more & more aware of them, they are finding a place in normal cuisines and in regular diet too. So get started on them lets check out some essential details of their nature & types.
They can be easily grown in kitchen or home nurseries and are a delight to look at while growing and it is very exciting to use them. Healthy & awfully gorgeous to see them on your plate.
Do you know what are micro-greens?
Micro-greens are young sprouts of larger plants or one can say baby plants of bigger edible plants, young seedlings full of nutrients & highly intense & rich in flavors, beautiful to look at & full of vibrant colors.
Their size generally ranges from 1-1.5 inches total. They are generally harvested when are 1-2 weeks old.
How to use micro-greens?
Till now Micro-greens were used in Gourmet food or in restaurants serving gourmet delicacies generally so are also called gourmet greens.
They can be used in soups toppings, Stew, salads & sandwiches & even in main course & some side dishes too. They add real charm to the presentation of any dish.
Are micro-greens nutritious & healthy?
It a common word that they are highly nutritious in nature but probably a lot of research is going on & needs to be done to establish this fact for sure. One thing though is very clear that they certainly add charm to your cuisine and are very attractive to look at, carry very intense flavors. In the end they are greens too.
How long micro-greens can be stored?
Micro-greens can last for about a week when refrigerated, but there are some varieties which can last few days longer in the right temperature. They should be stored in closed containers.
List of some micro-greens:
- Arugula – it has sharp peppery flavor.
- Beet greens
- Bruno’s indoors micro-green mix
- Buckwheat lettuce
- Cabbage patch
- Curly cress
- French garden micro-green mix
- Garlic chive
- Pea shoots
- Purple kohlrabi
- Spicy salad
- Spring onion
Can they be grown at home?
Using micro-greens in our kitchens often is just a matter of time, as they definately grow on to you, plucking fresh greens and using them on a daily basis is extremely exciting. Once you start using them, it is then just a matter of time before you start loving them more & more, they become a passion & a habit. Worth a start.
Post by Parul Khanna
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