Growing and Eating Microgreens [Infographics]

Growing and Eating Microgreens
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What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are tiny, tender, edible vegetable greens and herbs usually only one to three inches in length.  Until recently, microgreens were primarily used only in trendy and fine dining restaurants to enhance the beauty, flavor and color of the dishes served.

Locally grown microgreens are often offered at farmer's markets.  More recently, they have found their way into health food markets and some grocery stores.

Microgreens, Sprouts and Baby Greens

Microgreens, sprouts and baby greens are are not the same thing.  What is the difference?

All three begin as a seed. Sprouts are germinated seeds.  Microgreens are young seedlings.  Baby greens are young vegetable greens that are harvested before they are fully grown and mature.

Why Include Microgreens in Your Diet?

Microgreens are classified as a superfood because they are nutrient dense, i.e., packed with vital nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein and beta-carotene.

According to a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens published by USDA researchers, microgreens possess significantly higher nutrient densities than their mature counterparts.

So, as an example, red cabbage microgreens were found to have 40 times more vitamin E and 6 times more vitamin C than mature red cabbage leaves.

Grow Your Own

Although microgreens are becoming more mainstream and can often be bought at certain markets like Trader Joe's, they tend to be expensive compared to other produce.

The good news is that you can grow your own.  Microgreens are typically grown in trays and many can be harvested in just 7 to 21 days.


This infographic from illustrates and summarizes how to grow and eat microgreens.

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