- Micro Greens Seeds
Micro Greens Seeds
I bet you are wondering what is the difference between Micro-greens, sprouts and normal and baby greens? The basic answer is Time, as all of these are all stages of a mature plants growing cycle.
First their is the Seed. Which contains all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that this plant needs to begin its life journey. At this time they graduate to the sprout stage. Which Sprouts really are the beginning of new day for the plant. It is at that moment that the spark of life from a germ seed goes from the dormant stage to a live growing plant. Most of the time you will never see this period as it is well buried in the soil. Many people sprout seeds at home for consumption citing they are rich in essential nutrients, and excellent source of enzymes, high in protein. Sometime between the growth of the cotyledons and the first true leaves we have what we call micro-greens. I guess micro-greens term is certainly a more appealing name than “infant plants”. Baby Greens we will define as leafy vegetables that are harvested before they are fully grown.
Micro Greens are increasingly popular crop as they are fast growing, easy to grow, and can be grown on a year round basis.
Once cotyledons have fully developed or once the first true leaves begin to emerge, depending upon your market. Typically micros range from 1/2-2" in height.
For most items this will be 2-4 weeks after sowing, depending on the variety, growing conditions, and final product size desired. Cut with scissors or a sharp knife and
minimize handling to reduce damage. Micro greens must be washed before serving. Shelf life ranges from 5-10 days under proper storage conditions.