Microgreens are tiny young plants that are grown from seeds of vegetables, herbs, or grains. They tend to be about 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5 cm) tall. They have become very popular since they are very healthy and can grow quickly. The six microgreen varieties below can be planted and harvested within 10 days, with some as little as 5.
Now is the Perfect Time to Start Growing Microgreens
Given the fact that most people at the moment are unable to leave their homes to shop frequently, it is the perfect time to take charge of your food supply. During this pandemic, an additional problem we encounter at stores is that vegetables are the most exposed to bacteria and viruses. They sit in stores on counters without any packaging. When we take them home, the CDC does not recommend washing them with soap or detergent.
Thus the benefit of nutrition can quickly be outweighed by the possible dangers. If you can mitigate some of the risks by replacing at least some of your veggies with home-grown ones, you’ll be doing a favor to your health as well as your wallet. There’s nothing better than fresh veggies that you’ve grown yourself.
You can use microgreens in both savory and sweet dishes. You can add them as garnishes or blend them into your smoothies. They will add nutritional value, texture, color, and flavor.
Since you grow them at home organically, you can eat them raw and unwashed. Microgreens are incredibly sustainable and good for the environment as well.
There are lots to be said about microgreens, but we’ll cover all the benefits in another article. For now, we want to give you the 7 easiest microgreens to grow at your home.
1. Broccoli Microgreens
Broccoli microgreens are one of the easiest to seed, grow, as well as harvest. Broccoli seeds are relatively large which makes them easy to see and to move around the soil if necessary.
For many microgreens, you have to wait until first true leaves form, but with broccoli, you harvest in the cotyledon stage. Cotyledons are considered the seed leaves as they are part of the seed of the plant. They are the first to arise as the plant starts to germinate.
Broccoli microgreens taste like mild cabbage and are incredibly nutritious. They are often referenced for their health benefits. This is the perfect beginner microgreen alongside radish microgreens.
2. Basil Microgreens
The basil microgreen is a sweet and distinctive garnish that is very easy to grow. They do take about 3 weeks to mature. While you can start harvesting around that time (or as early as 14 days with ideal temperatures), you can also let these microgreens keep growing and get the best flavor at 20-25 days.
However, you do need to give basil 3 to 4 days in the blackout period and then give them plenty of light after that. But once you get the hang of it, many people find this to be a relatively easy process and the taste is highly worth it.
3. Arugula Microgreens
Arugula microgreens are known for their peppery taste. They work perfectly with meatloaf, scrambled eggs, salads, hamburger mix, or as a garnish on sandwiches.
The arugula microgreen seeds are light in color, so they can easily be spotted on the trays. This microgreen grows a bit slower than some of the ones on this list, as you can harvest the first arugula in 10-14 days. Just as broccoli microgreens, arugula microgreens can be harvested at the cotyledon stage but they may taste better when the first true leaves come in.
4. Cabbage Microgreens
The cabbage microgreens, especially the red acre variety, are very easy to grow. They can be harvested in just 10-14 days after planting.
There are several cabbage varieties that are used for microgreens.
5. Cilantro Microgreens
Cilantro microgreens carry a clean and fresh aroma, as well as a subtle flavor. We recommend using the monogram as it is easier to germinate (yes, get used to these growing terms).
Cilantro microgreens, aren’t the quickest to harvest as they can take about 23 days after planting. However, they will also grow a long time in your tray and can be harvested over a long period of time.
6. Kohlrabi Microgreens
Kohlrabi, also known as the German turnip, is one of our favorite microgreens to grow as well. You may not have heard of them, or know what to do with them, but these microgreens taste great and will make a great addition to your home garden.
If you have tasted the mature vegetable, you may be surprised to see what the microgreens taste like. They have a mild and sweet cabbage taste. They will make a great addition to sandwiches, eggs, salads, etc.
Since many have not heard about this incredible microgreen, you’ll have no problem getting seeds as they are rarely sold out. The only downside to these seeds is that they are pretty small and can bounce out of the tray when you plant them. After you plant them, they are of the best microgreens to grow and can be harvested in just 7 days.
7. Radish Microgreens
Lastly, we have the ‘red stem’ radish microgreens. They are by far the easiest to grow. It’s actually harder to NOT get them to grow.
The radish seeds are quite large and easy to see compared to other ones. When beginners grow microgreens, the hardest part is typically the planting process. The bigger the seeds, the easier it is to see and plant them.
Radish microgreens are also amazing because of how quickly they seem to grow. At your normal room temperature, you can harvest radish microgreens in just 7 days. If you utilize a heat mat or slightly raise your room temperature, these microgreens can be ready to harvest in just 5 days.
How to Get Started
Most of the microgreens have pretty similar growing processes. However, you should still find the specific method for each one, so you get the best results. If you’d like us to cover each of the microgreens and their growing processes in-depth in our next posts, leave a comment below.