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The Amazing Story Of Microgreens

What Are Microgreens

Microgreens are young seedlings of vegetables harvested at the Cotyledon stage, which is when the plant has just two seedling leaves or has grown a little larger to the true leaf stage when the first true leaf or set of true leaves emerge. Microgreens are not Sprouts, even though they're often confused, Sprouts are not grown in the soil just in water, and with sprouts you eat the whole plant, root and all, Microgreens are grown in soil, or in a sterile medium and harvested by cutting just above the medium.

A Powerhouse Of Nutrition

Microgreens are a storehouse of Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, and Essential Fatty Acids as well as the greatest source of protein in the vegetable world. When sprouting, a seed unfolds and starts to multiply and develop its nutrients in order to provide nourishment for the maturing vegetable. These miniature vegetables are high in protein when compared to full-grown green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce. The germinating seed represents a protein manufacturing machine that is turning out proteins in large volume, along with the Enzymes, Vitamins, and Minerals for its assimilation and use during the plants’ growing cycle. The sprouting seed builds new protein from stored starches, sugars, and fats within the seed. 

Tests have shown that all Amino Acids increase during germination peaking generally between the 5th and 9th days of growth depending on the variety.

Next to sea vegetables, Microgreens are the best source of minerals and trace minerals. Microgreens are an excellent source of B-Vitamins like Riboflavin, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Lecithin (Choline and Inositol) that increase an average of 4 to 16 times during the first seven days of the plants’ germination. Vitamin B-12, the most elusive vitamin increases almost 2000%, Vitamin B-17, also known as Laetrile, multiplies 50 to 100 times that of the original seed. Microgreens are Nature’s perfect superfoods essential for vibrant health, energy, vitality, and longevity all wrapped up in a small, elegant, delicious package.

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