Microgreens are young vegetable greens that are approximately 2.5–7.5 cm. Therefore, microgreens can be considered baby plants, falling somewhere between a sprout and baby green. That said, they should not be confused with sprouts, which do not have leaves and do not need a light source. Sprouts also have a much shorter growing cycle of 2–7 days, whereas microgreens are usually harvested 7–21 days after germination, once the plant’s first true leaves have emerged and lighting is introduced.
Microgreens are more similar to baby greens in that only their stems and leaves are considered edible. However, unlike baby greens, they can be sold before being harvested in their growing mediums with soil or freshly cut and safely packaged. This means that the plants can be bought whole and cut at home, keeping them alive until they are consumed.
Microgreens are very ‘mighty’ in the sense that they have unique aromatic flavors, together with a very high nutrient content (1), and come in a variety of colors and textures (2).
Microgreens are very versatile and can be consumed in many ways, such as microgreens salads, sandwiches, and blended into health juices. Check out our Instagram page for a few delicious examples