Micro herbs or micro greens are fondly known as the vegetable confetti by the healthy food connoisseurs across the world. These aromatic greens are rich in flavour and color and add a dash of freshness to any dish. They can be consumed as salads on a regular basis for your required intake of healthy amounts of nutrients. The micro herbs contain higher concentration of the nutrients present in the respective greens and also contain beneficial plant compounds that offer many benefits. This blog states the steps and benefits of micro herb gardening and consumption.
HOW TO GROW MICRO HERBS:
- Select which herbs and vegetables you want to grow as micro herbs, then get the seeds for the same. These seeds are easily available over the Internet.
- Read the seed packet for special instructions before starting the plantation process.
- Set up the containers with a medium layer of soil evenly spread across the container.
- Scatter the selected seeds at a reasonable distance in neat rows. This way, you can grow more different types of micro herbs in the same container, if the container is big enough.
- Press the scattered seeds gently into the soil with your hands and then scatter a thin layer of soil across the seeds. The seeds can be covered with a clear cover or plastic wrap instead.
- Dampen the surface to provide the seeds with the moisturisation required for germination.
- The sprouts will be visible after around three to seven weeks, depending on the type and quality of the seeds planted.
- Moistening the soil once or twice daily and not over watering the germination is key to the successful endeavour of growing nutritious micro herbs.
- If you have used the cover to lock in the moisture, remove it once the seeds start sprouting and continue misting the soil as before.
- In general, the micro herbs require 4 hours of sunlight to thrive. However, in the time of winter, a warm indoor light does the trick as well.
- The crop is ready to harvest once the true leaves start forming and the seedlings appear about two inches tall.
- Some people let the second set of leaves attain second harvest. However, the first harvest is the most nutritious and tastiest.
The micro herbs are tiny and fragile, yet resilient. Herbs such as Coriander, Basil, Fennel, and Radish are some of the tastiest micro herbs. Other nutritious and delicious micro herbs include Lettuce, Watercress, Celery, Chicory, Garlic, Onion, Leek, Arugula, Cauliflower and Cabbage. The following are some of the numerous health benefits of the microgreens.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MICRO HERB DIET:
- The nutrient contents in the various herb species vary. However, most varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper content.
- Microgreens are also a great source of beneficial plant compounds that act as an excellent antioxidant in humans.
- Micro herbs contain higher amounts of vitamin and mineral levels than their fully grown counterparts.
- It is considered that the nutrient levels in microgreens can be up to nine times higher than those found in mature counterparts of the same species.
- The micro herbs contain a wider variety of polyphenols and other antioxidants beneficial to boost human immune system and also play a role in lowering the risk of heart disease.
- Antioxidant-rich micro herbs are helpful in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Antioxidants in micro greens may help reduce stress and can also prevent high blood pressure, obesity and high sugar problems.
- Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in polyphenols, may also have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Microgreens are the flavorful and colorful constituents that can be home grown and consumed anytime! It can be easily incorporated into a daily diet in a variety of ways. They’re highly nutritious and may even reduce your risk of certain diseases. The only real investment in growing nutritious and wonderful microgreens is the cost of seeds and some TLC. They definitely make a worthwhile addition to the diet for sure!