A Closer Look at Micro-greens



A Closer Look at Micro-greens 


Micro-greens are basically vegetables or herbs that are harvested just after they've sprouted and produced their first set of true leaves. These are used for their visual appeal and flavour in a variety of cuisine ranging from soups, sandwiches, salads to smoothies, and more.


Considered as one of the most profitable crops for small-scale farmers to grow, owing to the low inputs and the high price they fetch, micro-greens are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, proteins and vitamins


Arugula, Radish, Sunflower, Beetroot, Kale, Broccoli, Parsley, Chives, Mint, Dill, Fennel and Watercress are some of the popular micro-greens. While unusual varieties include - Cilantro / Coriander, Mustards, Orach and Celery


Micro-greens are touted to pack in a host of benefits – including minimizing cancer risk and lowering cholesterol levels - depending on the type one is eating. 


A few benefits of micro-greens are - 


  • They contain polyphenols which have been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease, cancer, and heart disease.
  • They are high in nutrients 
  • It is extremely easy and convenient to cultivate micro-greens as one can grow them even in the apartment balcony; moreover as they grow very quickly and round the year one can get instant access to nutritious food; add to this the fact that they require a small upfront investment of seeds, soil and trays and you have a winning combination in place!
  • They reduce the risk to chronic diseases like Type-2 Diabetes and obesity.


So pop over to the nearby nursery and pick up some seeds to grow your favourite micro-greens!