If you're like me you have never heard of, let alone tried microgreens. I had no idea what the heck they were until my sister invited me to go to a class at a local greenhouse with her. Having discovered recently that I can actually grow plants and not just kill them, I decided that this would be interesting. One of the first things that the instructor asked us is what we hoped to get out of the class, called 'Maximizing Microgreens'. My honest answer was "I want to learn what microgreens are...". Boy did I feel cool. This hour and a half class definitely taught me what microgreens are, and I found a new and exciting thing to devote my (nonexistent) spare time to.
|Sugar Snap Pea Microgreens|
In a nutshell, microgreens are edible young plants that are grown from various veggies, herbs or other plant seeds. They range in size from 1-3 inches, including stem and leaves. If you've ever grown anything from a seed, you know that the first thing to sprout is two little leaves that often don't look like the leaves of the mature plant. The picture below shows a microgreen versus a more mature plant. The 'microgreen' is on the left, and the right is the more fully grown plant (tomato plant in this case). Those little leaves in the left picture are called "cotyledon" leaves, which is what you eat.
|Microgreen (left) versus more mature plant (right)|