What are Microgreens, and What Can You Do With Them?

If you’re at all interested in nutrition, you’ve almost certainly heard of organic micro greens. These little powerhouses of nutrition are a tiny form of edible plants that come from nearly any kind of vegetable, herb, or plant that humans can eat. True leaves microgreens are harvested just after the first true leaves have emerged, and are usually between 1 and 1.5 inches long. Now you know what organic micro greens basically are: what should you do with them?

Storing Organic Micro Greens

Always put your micro green varieties in a closed container and keep them at temperatures between 38 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Never freeze them, as this can cause some varieties to turn brown or black.

Will My Children Eat Them?

Research has shown that when it comes to the way food is presented, children prefer to have about six colors on their plate, while adults prefer to have only three. Likewise, children like about seven different foods on their plate, while adults against prefer three. Organic micro greens can be a great way of adding color, flavor, texture, and nutrition to any plate. The key to eating them, as with any food, is making it delicious!

How Do I Eat Organic Micro Greens, Then?

The possibilities are nearly endless! Here are some ideas to get your started:

  1. Add them to nearly any salad. Perhaps the simplest way to eat them is to simply add them to your salads. But don’t think that you’re doing this just to let them blend in with other vegetables and lose their character. Organic micro greens have a wonderful and intense flavor all their own. Try a half cup of them mixed with half an orange in pieces, a quarter of an avocado, some radish and a some walnut. Top with an olive oil and lemon juice based dressing.
  2. Use them to lift up your eggs. A handful of organic micro greens added to an omelette can be spectacular. If you’re not comfortable with your omelette technique yet, try mixing up two eggs with a dabble of cream, a little bit of chopped red onion, a handful of microgreens, and a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and oregano. Scramble it gently.
  3. Add them to strawberries and chocolate. If you balk at the idea of adding vegetable matter to your sweet things, know that strawberries have long been paired with savory flavors. A chocolate tart topped with unsweetened cream, strawberries, and a sweet micro greens like basil can make a lovely treat.
  4. Go Tex-Mex with your organic micro greens. An easy way to use micro greens, especially if you’re trying to get your kids on board, is to add them to fajitas and tacos. You can go as big or as small as you want, using them to accent the flavor, or hiding their nutrition from a picky eater.
  5. Go Italian with your organic micro greens. You can do the same thing with pizza that you do with tacos or fajjitas. Spread them all over and make them them the main event, or sprinkle them about discreetly until your family develops a taste for them. They go especially well with Parmesan.
  6. Enjoy them with beef in various ways. A roast beef sandwich, a burger, a steak salad: all can get a kick from a crunchy, flavorsome micro green addition.

Organic micro greens are great for your nutritional profile and easy to use. Get some for your family today and find out what you can do with them!

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?