Micro greens are an edible, miniature form of greens grown from immature herb, vegetable, or other types of plants. With the stem and leaves included, micro greens are anywhere from 1 to 1.5 inches in length. They were first introduced 20 to 30 years ago, and have been increasing in popularity steadily ever since. According to Healthline, microgreens are often richer in nutrients than their fully grown counterparts and are high in antioxidants as well.
You can purchase micro green varieties whole and keep them alive until you’re ready to cut them for consumption. After purchasing your micro greens, keep them in the refrigerator, preferably at 39.2 degrees (4C), for optimal benefits.
Here are some helpful suggestions that Healthline offers for incorporating micro green varieties into your meals. Keep in mind that their flavor is concentrated and can vary in heat level from mild to spicy. Some types may even be bitter or a bit sour.
1. Sandwiches and Wraps.
Add microgreens to your favorite sandwiches and wraps for a boost of flavor as well as vibrant color. Spice up a chicken or steak sandwich with wasabi microgreens for a kick of heat that is anything but ordinary.
2. Add To Your Favorite Dishes.
Adding your favorite micro greens to a salad is a beautiful way to turn boring, every day tossed salad into something special. Give your soup, pizza, and curry recipes a new twist with microgreens to enhance their flavor and visual appeal.
3. Smoothies, Juices, And Cocktails.
Some microgreens, such as wheatgrass, are often served in the form of a juice. In addition, the wide variety of micro green flavors lend themselves well to fruit smoothies or even cocktails, as Fresh Origins suggests. Don’t forget about herb crystals and edible flowers, either. Herb crystals bring striking color, fresh flavor, and an interesting crunchy texture to any dish or cocktail. With approximately 100 varieties of commonplace flowers that are edible as well as tasty, you’re only limited by your imagination.
Revitalizing your meals is as simple as purchasing a variety of micro greens and stocking up on an array of herb crystals and edible flowers. You’ll reap the nutritional benefits and experience a culinary rebirth as well.