Micro greens are small immature vegetable greens, they are differentiated from sprouts in that they are harvested later than the sprout stage but before the plant approaches maturity. They are further differentiated by some culinary aficionado's from 'baby greens' as baby greens can be considered veggies that have just started to reach maturity but are still adolescents. So micro greens would basically be veggies and herbs slightly advanced beyond the sprout stage.
The best way to harvest is with a pair of scissors or sharp blade and simply shear them of just above the soil surface. The best time to harvest is once the plants have developed their first set ot true leaves as opposed to embryonic leaves. WHAT !!? You harvested them prematurely - OMG - duck the sky is gonna comne crashing down and the universe is now out of synch. Either that or you have some shoots mixed in with your micro-greens ... enjoy.
They are best when served as fresh as possible, but if need be can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days in a plastic bag or container.
Nutritional Information Micro Greens
Microgreens contain substantially higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids than the mature version. A nutritional study was conducted in 2012 at the University of Maryland, indicating that microgreens do indeed have a higher nutritional value compared to mature vegetables. In fact they contain four to six times the vitamins and phyto-nutrients found in mature leaves of the same plants.
You Might Also Like