Growing Micro Greens Inside Your House

by Meri on May 15, 2014

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I’ve been using more and more microgreens lately. I love the flavor and love how simple they are to add nutritional value to a meal but hate the price! These little buggers can get expensive in the stores so I decided to grow our own. Or at least attempt it! If you’ve never used microgreens before they are basically the baby leaves of many popular salad greens like sunflower, radish and arugula to name a few. They make a tasty companion to soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta or garnishes. Basically anywhere you want to add some delicate greens!

These tasty little greens also come with higher nutritional value than your usual salad greens. Researchers from University of Maryland, College Park found that the leaves from nearly all the microgreens tested had four to six times more nutrients than the mature plant leaves of the same species. I love this since many people find it difficult to get 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in per day. Might as well go for the ones with the most nutritional value for a small serving. 

I found a hydroponic growing kit from www.growingmicrogreens.com and it ended up being a truly fun experiment for me and the kids. Since they are the baby plants they are ready to harvest in under 10 days. The kids could get really involved by planting the seeds (although we used too many our first round- whoops!) and watering them, then…simply watching them grow! You can grow these inside your house so it’s a great idea even if you’re an urban dweller. 

We are harvesting today so I’ll post some recipes using microgreens this week!

 

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