Microgreens and sprouts: grow your own with NGF

July 26, 2017 5:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re thinking about growing your own microgreens or sprouts, Naturally Good Food can help you. Microgreens, as the name suggests, are tiny green leaves. They’re the first leaves a plant produces, harvested while they’re still small. They can be grown in simple containers in compost, in limited spaces, including indoors.

Both sprouts and microgreens are very good for you

Sprouts are grown in water, microgreens in compost

Sprouts, meanwhile, are grown in water. They’re the shoots the seed (or pulse or grain) produces as it germinates. They’re nothing to do with Brussels sprouts, of course – but you’ll probably be familiar with them as ‘beansprouts’ in Asian cooking.

Microgreens are tasty, tender and delicious. Sprouts are crunchy and full of flavour. Both are considered to be extremely good for you – as the seed, pulse or grain begins to sprout (either a stalk or leaves), it’s thought that its energy and nutrition levels are at their highest. The sprout or leaves are, at this point, particularly rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and living enzymes. If you eat the sprouts or tiny leaves, you transfer that nutrition and energy to yourself.

 

Naturally Good Food’s range

It’s pretty cheap to buy packs of seeds, grains and pulses especially designed for sprouting and for microgreens. We sell a wide variety of these here. Some of our other packs of seeds, grains and pulses can be sprouted too, but this cannot be guaranteed, so unless you’re feeling like experimenting, we’d suggest you look at our dedicated sprouting range first.

Pulses

For sprouts, rather than microgreens, you can also use one of our Sprouting kits, which makes the whole process really easy. These kits aren’t suitable for growing microgreens, because they use water, rather than compost.

Here’s a taster of some of the seeds, pulses and grains we have available for sprouting:

Aduki beans

Barleygrain

Black sunflower seeds

China Rose Radish seeds

Snow Pea seeds

Why not try out something unusual? Give amaranth, chickpeas or beetroot seeds a go!

 

Harvesting your microgreens and sprouts

Not only is sprouting great fun (and a good activity to do with children), it’s also a really healthy way to eat. Your sprouts and microgreens are likely to be within easy reach of your dinner table, so you can simply snip some leaves or shoots off whenever you need them – making your food as fresh as it can possibly be.

You can also grow sprouts in a jam-jar.

A sprouter can make it all really easy!

Both sprouts and microgreens can be added to stir-fries, salads, sandwiches and risottos to boost their taste, nutrition and texture. When it’s wet and gloomy outside, defy the weather and enjoy fresh greens all year round!

 

 

 

 

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