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Micro Greens: Micro or Macro Nutrition?

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Harvested MicrogreensDubbed one of 2008’s culinary buzzwords, micro greens are rooting their flavorful way into the hearts of culinary chefs and people who enjoy a healthy lifestyle alike. Micro greens are miniature versions of vegetables like kale, mustard greens, and arugula that are sometimes combined with tiny versions of herbs or fruit to produce a petite flavor punch for your palate. Many famous restaurants have been using them since their inception in mid-1990 as a flavorful garnish to entrées, main courses, and even desserts. They are also easy to grow in a sunny, indoor environment for use as an additional dimension to a salad or as a garnish.

Micro greens are a convenient raw food to have on hand, although as a smaller version of a larger vegetable they should not be considered a sole nutrient source, but rather an addition or enhancement. I use them in our home in salads, as a garnish for main dishes, and I’ve even snuck them into a few smoothies (don’t tell my daughters or my husband!). I grow them in a window planter in the kitchen, and just snip, rinse and add to whatever I am making when they are about two inches tall. In our area, the seeds are sold through Sprouts and Central Market, but I have seen them online as well (with more varieties). Micro greens are a fun, fancy and easy addition to most meals, and there’s nothing like adding a spicy kick to a salad with the spicy seed blend or an herbal, italian feel with a basil blend as the mood strikes you.

For more information about Micro greens you can visit Fresh Origins.

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    Nice article! Micro nutrition is probably the most accurate description. Microgreens have not yet been analyzed for their nutritional value. But most likely are lower in nutrition than regular sized vegetables.