Did you know that microgreens taste more intense than full-grown vegetables?
You don't have to take our word for it, but you could try it right now and put it to the test: Get a small bowl of cress from the supermarket or your favourite health food shop and sprinkle a handful of cut leaf stalks on your crusty bread, over your soup or your favourite pizza... bet you can taste the whimsical little baby greens clearly amongst all the ingredients?
The fact that the leafy greens tickle our taste buds to the utmost, however, is not their only advantage... because there are also the incredible amount of vitamins, the all-round availability, the simplicity and simplicity and soooo much more! But let's take it one step at a time, because we can easily get carried away and overly enthusiastic about the potential of the little green button wonders 😉
Incredible amount of vitamins and nutrients
Microgreens contain up to 200x more vitamins and nutrients per gram than full-grown vegetables from the supermarket.
The germination process leads to an increase in the already abundant vital substances and nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, minerals and trace elements - no vegetable from the supermarket can compete with this!
Microgreens contain important minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron. Secondary plant compounds and antioxidants are also abundant.
In addition, essential oils and bitter substances that are so important for us are formed during growth. These in turn stimulate digestion and blood circulation, purify the blood and keep viruses, bacteria and fungi at bay.
Here is another concrete numerical example: a Red Cabbage Microgreen has 260 times as much beta-carotene, 6 times as much vitamin C and 40 times as much vitamin E per gram as a fully grown red cabbage (source: Journal of Agricultural And Food Chemistry).
Broccoli Microgreens are characterised by a particularly high content of the antioxidant sulforaphane (a mustard oil glycoside). In microgreens, this content is 50 to 100 times higher than in fully grown broccoli vegetables (the more mature the broccoli, the lower its sulforaphane content).
In short: microgreens are the ultimate superfoods OR:
A microgreen (or let's say a handful of leafy greens) a day keeps the doctor away!
This is how pure life tastes
Through exposure to sunlight, microgreens produce a surplus of chlorophyll. Chlorophyllwhich provides us with strength and vital energy and makes us feel awake and alive - this is exactly how we want to feel when we eat fresh food, isn't it?
The taste of the microgreens will definitely not be boring for your taste buds and you can take the full rollercoaster of palate pleasures - from strong-refreshing to sweet-mild or spicy-nutty to spicy-peppery.
Fresher than any store-bought vegetable and plastic-free
Have you ever wondered how much time passes before a tomato, broccoli or avocado ends up on your plate after harvesting?
The places of origin of vegetables from the supermarket are sometimes scattered all over the world, so many varieties have travelled half a world before they smile at us from the plastic packaging on the supermarket shelves.
It's healthier, isn't it?
You guessed it... This is where our "usual suspects", the little microgreens, come into play: microgreens can be planted at any time & in any place and you save yourself any (plastic) packaging and any transport (except the walk to your microgreen growing tray 😉 ). And it doesn't get any more regional than from your windowsill at home.
Easy and quick to grow
If it takes too long for you to sow broccoli seeds in spring, plant them outdoors in April and hold the first harvest in your hands from July:
There is definitely a simple solution: broccoli microgreens!
After just 6-10 days on the windowsill, your broccoli leafy greens can already end up on your plate. - and a handful of broccoli microgreens contain on average as many nutrients as a small head of broccoli.
To grow microgreens and to make a small, insignificant amount of seed grow into a multiple of lively, healthy mini plants, we have put together a step by step guide for you - feel free to take a look!
Very favorable compared to purchased organic vegetables
To keep it very practical: in the organic food shop you often pay between 4 and 5 € for 1 kg of broccoli or 1 kg of radish. In return, you get at most 2 pieces of broccoli or 2 white radishes.
While we're on the subject of numbers, let's also play around a bit with microgreens seeds and microgreens varieties:
From approx. 35 g radish seeds (approx. 0.80 €) you can grow 400 g radish microgreens and from approx. 250 g pea seeds (approx. 2.25 €) you can grow up to 350 g pea microgreens within your four walls.
The only question left is: broccoli head vs. broccoli microgreens - who will win the competition in your kitchen?
You've harvested your crunchy, nutrient-rich and plastic-free greens fresh - now what can you do with them?
Microgreens are perfect as a component of delicious Buddha Bowls, as a topping on salads or soup, or simply as a garnish and additional vitamin supplier on the plate.
Probably the most classic way to eat microgreens is to sprinkle them directly on (buttered) bread, but there are no limits to your creativity and you can also put them on fruit, juice them, add them to a smoothie or decorate a martini cocktail quite elegantly .
You can also steam some microgreens as vegetables or in stir-fries, but the best thing to do is to eat them fresh and pure, so you can enjoy their original flavour and savour their full nutritional potential.
Available all year round
What food would you be most likely to stock up on at home and arm yourself against a possible food shortage? We know one or two secret weapons in the size of a seed: microgreens seeds (and also sprout seeds)!
Over months, the small seeds durable and are no larger than the head of a pin. So they take up almost no space.
Whether summer, winter, spring or autumn: of course, hot as well as cool temperatures bring advantages and disadvantages when growing microgreens.
Although each season presents you with different challenges, there is no season when it is impossible to grow microgreens. So you can add your greens to your plate all year round!
What to watch out for in high or low temperatures:
In summer, there is a risk of bacteria and fungi forming in high temperatures, while the seedlings dry out more quickly in the growing tray.
Especially in the first few days after covering the seeds, the tender plantlets should not be exposed to direct sunlight so that they do not burn. After that, direct sunlight is okay and even good for the formation of chlorophyll. But avoid too intense heat. Less strong morning and/or afternoon sun is an advantage.
In spring and summer, sprouts and microgreens also grow faster than in autumn or winter.
In winter, the plantlets can absorb less water at lower temperatures and develop more slowly. Therefore, if there is too much moisture, mould can form more often. So while in summer you should keep a close eye on them to make sure they don't dry out, in the cold season it is important that they are not "overwatered".
All in all, the sprout seedlings love a reasonably even temperature (best between 18° and 22° C), then they develop most quickly.
To bring more green into the house
You won't need a garden to garden in the future! Within your own four walls you can get your hands dirty, dig in the soil of your microgreen tray, loosen the soil with your fingers and dig beautiful seeds in the middle of the organic soil to provide a good breeding ground for the seeds...
The reward for this? A miraculous seedling breaks apart the shell of the seed with all its might and forms new life, which turns to the light with all its energy to grow in small steps into a beautiful miniature plant... and that in multiple versions, so that a small, densely overgrown jungle grows on your windowsill from nothing!
No pesticides or fertilizers needed
With the little greens that grow in your microgreen trays, you save on transporting the vegetables to the supermarket and back to your home, as well as on plastic packaging, pesticides and artificial fertilisers.
Our organic growing soil consists of plant materials from forestry, horticulture and landscaping, organic NP fertilisers, iron, high-quality clay minerals, coals, rock flour and living microorganisms and fungi.
Microgreens are a real eye catcher
Even though we have planted hundreds or thousands of microgreen trays, it is always a great mystery how, after sowing, the tiny seeds develop roots that take root in the soil. And at the same time, a seedling emerges from the other side of the mini-seed, sprouting and growing towards the light by an irrepressible, inexplicable force, complete with small, newly formed leaves... Every day, this sprout now comes a little closer to heaven! Watching this unbelievable natural spectacle every day anew is indeed more exciting than many a TV film, isn't it?
It's not just the whole growing process that is a miracle; the micro-vegetables are also a real eye-catcher on your plate: sweet, mild kohlrabi in a purple robe makes an excellent contrast in herb curd, bright red amaranth green perfectly decorates pumpkin soup and the delicate baby green from sunflower seeds is wonderful sprinkled over spelt blueberry pancakes!
If you're experimenting with great colour-recipe combinations yourself, feel free to share them with us!