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"Huzzah! These Philly-grown microgreens are the tastiest!"
wtf are microgreens?
Microgreens are young seedlings of herbs and vegetables harvested less than 14 days after germination. They're usually about 1-3 inches long and come in a rainbow of colors. Microgreens have become increasingly popular in the past few years among chefs and consumers alike, and a ton of ongoing research seeks to understand all of their health benefits.
Research has indicated that microgreens contain up to 40% more phytochemicals (the good stuff – beneficial nutrients and components) than their full-grown counterparts. Since they're harvested right after germination, all the nutrients they would need to grow stay packed in the tiny plants.
Scientists see microgreens as a functional food, which means that they can provide key nutrients in a practical way. Some people call them a superfood. They're filled with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids (provitamin compounds), phylloquinone (vitamin K1), and tocopherols (vitamin E), which provide protective benefits against chronic diseases.
Research is ongoing, but some early evidence suggests that sulforaphane — found at especially high levels in broccoli microgreens — may help fight cancer.
Foods that are high in fiber and vitamin K can be helpful in maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and microgreens are high in both of these elements.
Red cabbage microgreens have the potential to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, liver cholesterol, and inflammatory cytokines — all factors that can increase the long term risk for heart disease.
Foods that are high in dietary fiber, like microgreens, can serve as a prebiotic, or material that provides an ideal environment for the "good" bacteria in the human microbiome to flourish.
pad size guide
We sell our microgreens living, which means they're still attached to the pads they're growing on.
Our pads are made of 100% organic and vegan materials, so they're compostable and biodegradable.
Since they're local and living, our microgreens should last longer than your typical container of leafy greens — usually over a week. We suggest storing them in the fridge and harvesting as you're ready to eat. Harvesting about a half inch above the pad with scissors or a super sharp knife is best.
What's that white
stuff at the bottom?
As microgreens grow, they develop something called root hairs. They might look a little like mold, but they're actually a part of the plant's root system. They're completely edible, but they're not cute, so we suggest harvesting right above them.