Microgreens are small plants harvested soon after the germination of seeds. They are small plants with two leaves with tender stems and roots with an age of 7 to 14 days. The length of the microgreen will be 5 to 8 cm. Vegetables, pulses, millets, grains are usually used for growing microgreens. Its unique taste, flavor, nutrient benefits make it stand out from other vegetables.
How to Grow Microgreens
It is very is easy to cultivate microgreens even a person with no knowledge in farming can make the microgreen in the limited space and infrastructure in a household. It can be grown in open spaces, indoor areas, or balconies of a home where get partial sunshine during the daytime. Microgreens can be grown indoors by using grow lights if sunshine is not available. You need only a few seeds that are free from any chemical pesticides, few shallow trays or grow bags with a drainage hole. Potting media used for this consists of soil, coco pith, and compost mix in a 1:2:1 ratio, if the mix is not available for small-scale production you can use tissue paper or clean cloth.
Growing Microgreens at home in seven days with limited infrastructure at home
- Take a hundred grams of a green gram to soak in water overnight
- Take a tray or fruit basket lid with enough drainage hole put some tissue paper or some good cloth pieces, wet the paper /cloth, spread the seed, and cover the seeds with cloth or paper and water it.
- After one day seed will start to germinate ensure proper watering of seeds and do not allow water to log in the tray.
- Place the tray near the window sill or a place where it can get sunlight one to two hours a day. The seed will sprout and the plant will be ready for use within seven days.
The common seed for Microgreens
The most commonly used seeds are grains, green leafy vegetables, pulses, millets, maize, sunflower, broccoli ,celery, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower etc are widely used. Care should be taken to use seed free from chemical preservatives. It is better to used edible seeds for the production of microgreens.
Conclusion on Growing Microgreens
It is used for the preparation of salad, soup, sandwiches, and for the preparation of nonvegetarian dishes like meat, omelet, and its garnishing. Microgreens are used for vegetable and fruit arrangements in five-star hotels and parties.
Microgreens are used either cooked or uncooked; mostly these are used afresh without cooking. Because of this consumers will get whole nutrients without any loss. It consists of more nutrients compare to other vegetables. They are rich sources of vitamins and a large number of anti-oxidants.