Grandma always said, "EAT YOUR GREENS!"
Some of us ate those greens with gritted teeth (under threat of no dessert) and some of us dug our heels in, willing to give up our post-dinner chocolate chip cookies just so we wouldn't have to eat that yucky GREEN stuff!
We were told carrots helped us see better, spinach made us strong like Popeye and that there were starving children in other countries. You remember.......
Turns out, everything Grandma said was true. Greens (veggies) are REALLY good for us and we SHOULD include them in our diet to stay healthy and ward off some really nasty chronic diseases.
BUT (you knew there had to be a "but", right?), if we ate the daily amount of veggies that are recommended to maintain good health, that's about ALL we'd be eating. All. Day. Long.
Enter microgreens to save the day! Microgreens are pretty much 'baby versions' of leafy greens. Microgreens are usually harvested 7-21 days after germination, when the plant's first leaves (cotyledon leaves) emerge.
Just like a seed contains a very high density of energy and minerals, microgreens contain a high concentration of nutrients and flavor.
One American study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Aug. 22, 2012, looked at nutrient levels of 25 different microgreens and compared them to full-sized leafy vegetables and herbs. Nutrient levels in different microgreens varied, but they always had higher levels per gram of vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A than their mature crop counterparts.
Another study at the University of Maryland in College Park showed that microgreens were four to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts.
This means you get a big bang in every small bite! Packed with flavor and nutrition, this versatile superfood should be on your weekly grocery list. But buy them local, because they have the most nutrition when eaten as close to harvest as possible. This isn't something you want to leave hanging out in the fridge for weeks.
We grow our microgreens to order and they are available for pickup in two southern, RI locations as well as a few Rhode Island grocers! We will not ship our fresh greens because of quality issues, so if you live too far from one of our pickup locations, you can request that we dehydrate your greens for you then ship them!
Any of our greens can be dehydrated and microgreens retain a surprisingly high concentration of nutrition (still more than their full grown fresh counterparts) when dehydrated according to our proprietary drying process.
Just a note: fresh micro-greens dry down to a fraction of their volume when dried or powdered. A full 10x20 grow tray will reduce down to 4 ounces or so of powdered greens. But the concentration is such that a serving size becomes a mere 1 teaspoon!
So to recap - flavorful - nutritious - available year-round or shipped to your door dried - and did I mention our subscription service?
"Fresh, Local, Year-round"