Millions of people don't know what a microgreen is although most have eaten one. Until recently, microgreens have been looked at as a garnish to give color to an otherwise bland looking meal. Well that's all changing now. As people become more and more aware of how to deal with growing health issues - fresh, nutritious food becomes a major priority.
Microgreens are without doubt, the healthiest greens on earth with 5 times or more the nutrition level a a fully mature plant. Adding a handful of microgreens to each meal throughout the day would be equivalent to taking a handfull of vitamin and mineral supplements with every meal.
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Nutrition awareness is changing the way we eat an what we eat.
Food harvested early and tansported to distant markets is no longer acceptable. Grocery stores, restaurants and institutions such as hospitals and school districts are looking to local farmers for fresh and better-quality food.
To facilitate this increasing demand farmers are looking at grow solutions that will not only meet this demand, but will meet it year-round. Technology has now made it possible to move farms indoors utilizing high-yield, hydroponic grow systems to replace what would normally require acres of farmland as well as eliminating the need for winter storage and long distance transport.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) physiologist Gene Lester led a team of scientists who analyzed the key nutrients in different varieties of vegetable microgreens. The study results could be used as a refernece in estimating the amounts and adequacies of specific vitamins that are gained when consumers eat microgreens.
Among the 25 microgreens tested, red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had tghe highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K and vitamin E respectively. In general, microgreens contained considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids - about 5 times greater - than their mature plant counterparts.
This research is part of Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products, an ARS national program (#306)
"I think those salads may have been life changing. I never finish a salad, especially the green part and rarely even order one. I had a little one last night and refilled the greens in my bowl 4x...hardly needs dressing, I've never in my life just had a salad for lunch unless it was covered with bacon, and other meats and proteins until today. Thank you! My kids even had some by their own request and liked it. Amazing! You have converted a meatarian." LR
There is no commercially recognized category for hydroponically grown food. Organic produce is grown in soil. Hydroponic produce is grown in water or a soilless medium such as coconut coir. Because it is not prone to the various potential infestations resulting from soil-grown food, we simply call it "Beyond Organics!"
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