Microgreens are edible greens that are harvested before they reach maturity…in fact, they can be harvested in just a few days. While microgreens are small, they are packed full of flavor and nutrition. Microgreens are perfect for adding to salads and sandwiches, but that’s not the only way to use them. Here are some delicious microgreen recipes to help you get started.
At the bottom of this post is a list of specific microgreen recipes but it might be good to first learn how to get and store microgreens.
Where to get microgreens
Microgreens are grown in soil and are harvested when they are just a few inches tall. Because they are harvested at such an immature stage, they don’t ship well and usually cannot be found in the grocery stores.
However, they can be found at farmer’s markets and can easily be grown at home.
Types of microgreens
While any plant with edible leaves can be grown as microgreens there are some that are more popular that other.
- Red cabbage
- Basil (other herbs can also be grown as micro herbs)
For the most part, microgreens taste like the mature plant so keep that in mind when you are deciding what microgreens to use for a recipe. If you don’t like radishes, you are probably not going to like radish microgreens.
Microgreens can be added to salads and wraps for extra crunch and they are much more nutritious than lettuce is.
They can also be added to smoothies or juiced. Broccoli and wheatgrass microgreens are very popular for juicing. I like to add kale microgreens to our smoothies.
You can add microgreens to almost any dish – pasta, rice, eggs, even pizza. I also chop microgreens and sprinkle them on dishes as a garnish.
How to store microgreens
If you’re growing your own microgreens then harvest them as you need them and you won’t have to worry about storing microgreens.
However, if you are buying microgreens you’ll want to store them in a way that will keep them fresh for as long as possible. The best way I’ve found to store microgreens is to wrap them in a damp paper towel and then put them in a storage bag.
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