The 5 W’s Of MICROGREENS Every Chef Should Know

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Who should eat them? What are they? When are they in season? Where can you find them? Why are they good for you? How can you use them?

Who: Who should be eating microgreens you ask? Well the answer is quite simple, everyone! Just as everyone should eat their veggies, everyone benefits from consuming microgreens.

What: Microgreens are essentially baby plants. They are grown using the seeds of vegetables or herbs and harvested when they are just 1-3 inches tall (about 2 weeks after planting). Today there are approximately 25 varieties of microgreens, all with a different nutritional and flavour profile.

When: Perhaps the greatest thing about microgreens is you have access to a year-round supply of delicious and nutritious greens to accent your dishes!

Where: Where can you find microgreens? Why on FreshSpoke of course! Introducing Roy’L Acres Farms. Roy produces many varieties of microgreens year-round so be sure to check out  his shop.

Why: Why are microgreens so awesome? Because they are chalked full of flavour AND nutrients. All of the vitamins and minerals that are needed for a large plant to grow are compacted into a tiny little green. One microgreen can house up to 7-15 times more nutrients than a mature plant of the same variety. For example, 1 radish can contain up to 1.3mg of vitamin C, whereas 1 cup of radish microgreens can contain up to 11mg of vitamin C!!!

Microgreens are vibrant with living enzymes and powerful phytonutrients to energize every cell of the body. One nutrient that they are particularly rich in is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is commonly known as the green pigment in plants and a crucial contributor to the process of photosynthesis, but did you know that it also plays an important role in the human body? It has been known to be very protective to the cells of the body and can also aid in blood cleansing and detoxification processes, help to balance the body’s pH and boost immune function.

Not only do microgreens contain more nutrients than a full vegetable, but those nutrients are more compact and readily available for your body to use- especially when you buy them from a local producer. The less time between harvesting and eating the better. This leaves less time for nutrients to be lost in transport!

How: Microgreens have been continuously growing in popularity among high end dining establishments. They are widely used in restaurants as toppings on salads or garnishes for a main dish. They also make a great addition to soups and smoothies.

Microgreens may be tiny but they pack a huge punch, making them delicious complement to any dish but they also stand on their own. The use of microgreens is just one of the many ways you can incorporate nutritious local food into your dishes, while also delighting your customers.

To learn more about Roy’L Acres and other FreshSpoke producers you can view our FreshFlicks.

Lana Ogston is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Customer Activation Specialist with FreshSpoke. You can connect with Lana on Linkedin, and keep up with FreshSpoke on Facebook and Twitter.

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