Microgreens are small but mighty, packing a huge nutrient punch in each bite. Here’s how microgreens add a pop of nutrition, color, and flavor to your plate.
What are microgreens?
Microgreens are very young greens. They’re harvested somewhere between 7 and 20 days after the seed has begun to sprout. They're only about 3-4 inches long.
Why are microgreens healthy?
All fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, are very healthy foods. Microgreens take dark leafy nutrition up a notch. Studies show that very young greens have the highest content of vitamins and minerals to weight—even higher than their mature older brothers.
Microgreens achieve this nutrient density because plant germination is an intense process. It begins when a seed meets water and oxygen at just the right temperature. Then the seed rapidly absorbs water and a bunch of nutrients from the soil. Because this nutrient uptake is happening very quickly, and because these plants are still very small, that plant’s first week or two of life is the most nutrient-dense it will ever be.
A study comparing lettuce microgreens to mature lettuce found that microgreens are significantly richer (sometimes up to 9 times richer!) in minerals like iron, manganese, zinc, and selenium. Microgreens are rich sources of antioxidants, too, and contain more different types of antioxidants than their mature older brothers.
What’s special about Fig Trade microgreens?
Fig Trade—the microgreens (not figs) on Sunset Highland Park’s shelves—are flown direct from Israel. They’re 100% hydroponically grown. Hydroponic systems allow the grower to control exactly how much nutrients and water the plants receive. Research shows the amount of minerals in microgreens climbs even higher when they’re grown hydroponically.
Fig Trade does not spray any pesticide on their plants. Instead, they use Integrated Pest Management (IPM)—an agro-ecological approach that introduces “good bugs” into their greenhouses, and the good bugs suppress the “bad bugs”. Hence, no need for pesticides. (Don’t worry, all the greens are carefully inspected to make sure no critters make it into the packaged product.)
Fig Trade microgreens are available at Sunset in thyme, arugula, watercress, basil, cilantro, and parsley varieties.
How do I eat microgreens?
Microgreens can take your meal from ho-hum to gourmet! Here are some ideas...
- Use them in place of lettuce on sandwiches and wraps.
- Add them to a smoothie for a flavor and nutrient boost.
- Swap out some regular greens in your salad for microgreens.
- Use them in place of fresh herbs.
- Mix them into pasta for a pop of color.
- Use them to garnish just about anything! Throw some on top of soups, stews, eggs, chicken, meat, or fish.
Stop by the Highland Park Sunset on Sunday, 3/18 or Monday, 3/19, from 11am-3pm to taste the delicousness of Fig Trade microgreens!