Nowadays, it is fairly common to find micro-greens in your dish. These are small, tasty and healthy vegetable confetti. They make wonderful additions to many dishes in all kinds of restaurants. They have found their way into gourmet or haute cuisine cooking. They are often use as garnishes or they are added as primary ingredients. Micro-greens have indeed become a trend and they are expected to continue in their popularity in the coming years.
What are Micro-Greens?
Micro-greens are actually the first leaves that sprouted from any plant. These are the leaves that appear between the baby stage and the sprouting stage of plants. Often, they are minuet in size but perfect in form. People love micro-greens because they are more nutritious than fully grown leaves.
There are actually numerous plants that are produced for micro-greens. Some of them include broccoli, radish, amaranth, rapini, red cabbage, green cabbage, cumin, mizuna and giant mustard. All of these plants are specifically grown for micro-greens which tend to smell and taste stronger than their full-grown counterparts.
Nowadays, you will find numerous farms growing micro-greens all over the world. California, in particular, is the home to the world’s best micro-green farms. It is in these farms that you will find innovative methods adopted in order to grow the most nutritious micro-greens.
Growing and Using Micro-Greens
You can definitely grow your own micro-greens. You only need to sow the seeds you would like to grow in a flat soil or a pot with soil and take care of them. You need to collect the seedlings once the first leaves start to appear. This will take about three weeks from the time you plant the seeds. In truth, you can grow your own micro-greens anytime you want. You can even grow them inside your house during the winter. You just need to get special felt pads where you would plant and grow your seeds.
Using micro-greens in your cooking will certainly give an additional texture to your dishes. Adding these into your vegetable salad will give your salad a curious bite. You will not lack of recipes for your micro-greens. A quick search in your favorite search engine will give you hundreds of recipes.
There is an increasing demand for micro-greens. People are becoming aware of the nutritional benefits they would get from these vegetables. Fortunately, you can always grow your own micro-greens. You can even have them during winter. This way, you can spice up your dishes with delicious micro-greens.
Image Credit Flickr.com
Popularity: 11% [?]
Currently 0 comment - But what do you think?