Our Microgreens (Image)

Our Microgreens

Our Microgreens

We have considered over a hundred candidates to harvest as Microgreens. From these we have selected those that provide the most interesting textures, appealing flavours and intense colours. They can be grown year-round, are suitable for raw food diets, contain few carbohydrates, and have enough of their own flavours that they do not need added sugar, salt and oil to make them interesting. And, conveniently, they require no preparation.

Please click on the following images to view an individual leaf, learn what it tastes like, and see some quick and easy recipe ideas.

Amaranth microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Microgreens.
Arugula microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Basil microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Beet microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Microgreens.
Broccoli microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Buckwheat microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Coriander microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Cress microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Microgreens.
Green Daikon Radish microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Kale microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Red Cabbage microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Red Choi microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Red Daikon Radish microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Ruby Mustard microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Shungiku microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Spring Pea microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Sunflower microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.
Wasabi microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Microgreens.
Wheat Grass microgreens growing in the greenhouse at Greenbelt Greens.

Our Microgreen Salads

Our Microgreen Salads

These formula blends are convenient salads designed to suit any whim. Keep one of each at the ready. Simply form a mound, perhaps over your favourite salad vegetable(s), then drizzle on a little of your favourite dressing. 

Or you can toss equal parts of one of our Microgreen Mixes with some ordinary Salad Mix for an exceptionally creative salad presentation. Enjoy.

Spicy Mix Salad with nuts

Spicy Mix

Arugula, daikon radish, and ruby mustard

Crunchy Mix Salad with carrot slices

Sweet & Crunchy Mix

Sunflower, daikon radish, pea shoots, and buckwheat

Sweet Pea Mix with Potatoes

Sweet Pea Mix

Pea shoots, buckwheat, daikon radish, and red choi

Sunflower Mix with mixed vegetables

Sunflower Mix

Sunflower, ruby mustard, daikon radish, and shungiku

What is the Difference?

Germinating Peas at Greenbelt Greens

Microgreens

  • Microgreens seeds are thinly spread out over the surface of soil, and then lightly covered with additional soil.
  • At moderate temperatures they slowly germinate toward the sunlight.
  • They are watered only when the soil becomes dry.
  • The seeds remain in place with no mixing.
  • Ultraviolet light from the sun is an effective sterilizer.
  • None of this process is conducive to spreading any pathogens.
  • The roots enter the tiny pores of the soil to search for the nutrients and the leaves absorb sunlight to create a flavourful and nutritious plant.
  • In a couple weeks the stems, cotyledon leaves, and small “true” leaves are harvested. (The roots and original seed remain in the soil.)

 

A jar of sprouts.

Sprouts

  • Sprouts are germinated seeds grown with no soil or sunlight.
  • The seeds are frequently tossed and rinsed with warm water for quick germination.
  • If there happen to be any pathogens on or in the seeds, they rapidly proliferate due to frequent agitation in the warm, moist and dark conditions.
  • So great care must be taken to start with tested safe seeds.
  • Within a few days the original seed along with rootlets, stem and cotyledon (primary) leaves are ready to eat.
  • Greenbelt Microgreens has never produced or sold any Sprouts.

 

Nutritional Benefits (Image)

Microgreens are considerably more nutrient dense than either the corresponding seeds or mature plants

Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional Benefits

There have been many amazing claims about the wonders of Microgreens. Nutrition Professionals we have contacted are suspicious of these claims because they have not appeared in refereed Journals. So we promote our Microgreens for their intense flavours, intriguing textures, bright colours, and longer shelf-life.

However, in July 2012 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published the first scientific data on the nutritional content of 25 different Microgreens. (A 1997 study at Johns Hopkins University had shown similar benefits in Broccoli Microgreens.) Generally, they are all significantly more nutrient dense (10-40 times) than either their mature plant or their raw seed counterparts.

As with all naturally grown fresh produce, Microgreens undoubtedly contribute many nutritional benefits. To obtain the maximum benefits from your nutrient-rich Microgreens, enjoy generous amounts on a regular basis. The best way to quickly (and nutritiously) finish a container is to puree them into a smoothie.

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A History of Microgreens (Image)

Wheat grass has long been appreciated for its medicinal properties; now it (and many other Microgreens) provide dependable local foods

A History of Microgreens

Wheat Grass was grown, dried, then sold as a medicine in most North American pharmacies during the 1930’s.

In the 1960’s sunflower, buckwheat and radish were frequently grown in sunny windows as winter “greens” in communes.

In the 1970’s they were popularized as healthy home-grown “grasses” by Ann Wigmore’s Hippocrates Health Institute for their health benefits.

In the 1980’s Herbs by Daniel and Cookstown Greens started growing “cresses” and “seedlings” for garnishing by acclaimed Toronto area chefs.

In the 1990’s notable California chefs started to popularize them as “vegetable confetti.”

Then in the 2000’s local producers throughout North America started distributing fresh “Microgreens” to their local retail outlets as a tasty and nutritious natural convenience food.