You may be asking yourself, can you eat microgreens raw? Well, I am not sure about you but I definitely think not. They are too ‘green’ to be served raw at a restaurant but they are absolutely delicious in salads and other dishes.
For those of you who have been growing your own microgreens, you know how much fun it is to get excited about the next fresh batch that comes out of the nursery. When it is done growing, it will be going to the market and we all know how much it costs to get started. Besides, there is so much more involved than just growing it. You must look for the best place to grow it, pick out the best nutrients for the microgreens, take care of them during the initial growth phase, and keep them alive all the way through.
So, can you eat microgreens raw? Yes, they taste just like lettuce and cabbage; they have all the nutritional and health benefits of both of those vegetables. They are just as safe to eat raw as both of those vegetables are.
But they are also much easier to grow as well as maintain as far as the nutritionist’s recommendation goes. And, they cost less to buy.
When you are growing microgreens, they grow much faster than lettuce and cabbage. You do not have to wait the months for the baby greens to grow before you can harvest them. There is no waiting at all once they grow out of the nursery and get ready to hit the market. Unlike lettuce and cabbage, which grow at different rates, microgreens grow twice as fast.
The green part of the microgreens is the part that you should eat raw because of the nutritional content of this tiny green food. Not only are microgreens great for salads, they also taste great when eaten as an addition to soups and stir fries.
When it comes to growing them, it is best to start them in pots when it is spring or even later in the cold weather when it is warm. They need to be in the ground all the time to get the most of their vitamins and minerals.
Microgreens can be a little tough to take care of initially. Because they are so small, it is very easy to crush them or get them mixed up with some other greens that may have been picked while the baby was still growing.
Once they are ready to be picked, you should be careful not to lose the baby. That is why it is advised that you start feeding them right after they are picked. If you do that, it is also recommended that you avoid using pesticides and fertilizers right away until they have fully grown.
How do you pick the right kind of microgreens? Although there are a lot of excellent microgreens available in the market these days, it is important to pick the ones that are rich in vitamin A, B, and C and also iron and calcium.
After you grow them and have them ready to sell, it is also best to watch them carefully. You don’t want to kill off your microgreens with bacteria. They should not be left in the nursery too long because the environment is perfect for mold to grow.
Can you eat microgreens raw? Of course, they taste just like lettuce and cabbage; they have all the nutritional and health benefits of both of those vegetables.