Researchers in a study conducted at the University of Maryland at College Park found that microgreens contain four to 40 times more vital nutrients than the mature plant, which is why the flavors are surprisingly intense and the health benefits are exponentially greater.
For example, red cabbage microgreens had 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage. Cilantro microgreens had three times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro. Vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E levels were highest among red cabbage, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish microgreens. Cilantro microgreens were richest in terms of lutein and beta-carotene. “All of these nutrients are extremely important for the skin, eyes, and fighting cancer and have all sorts of benefits associated with them,” says researcher Gene Lester, PhD, of the USDA. The results are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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So, what's up with the microgreens?
Microgreens are young edible greens produced from vegetable, herb or other seeds. They are 1 to 2 inches long, including the stem and leaves. They are just past the sprout stage of the plant’s cycle. At MikeGro Greens, we grow our plants on recycled, biodegradable fiber and deliver them to you live on the media ready for you to harvest on demand. They maintain their pure intense flavor and 100% of their natural nutrients, unlike a mature plant that has lost nutrients as it grows by being exposed to the environment.
Because these plants are so close to the seed source, they are packed with much more flavor than in their mature form. So whereas microgreens used to be limited to the role of a garnish that often got overlooked in a dish, culinary aficionados now use them to elevate the flavor of a dish in dramatic fashion. A little really does go a long way! Many consumers, such as myself, actually enjoy whole salads comprised of microgreens which makes for the ultimate nutrient-dense meal.
What makes MikeGro Greens unique is that they are grown hydroponically indoors. We use only pure water (heavy metals and contaminants removed), no fertilizer or pesticides, and they are never exposed to pollutants in the environment. Perhaps most importantly, our microgreens are delivered live, still growing with roots in tact so that you get the freshest product possible with maximum nutrient density. Our plants are grown with careful love and attention and that is evident in the taste and aroma.