Microgreens are small, 2-3 week old baby plants that pack a big punch. Studies show they contain more nutrition than their fully-grown counterparts. In fact, a study conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture found they pack up to 40 times more nutrients than the full-sized versions.
Researchers also discovered that red cabbage has the highest concentration of Vitamin C, while green daikon radish microgreens are the highest in Vitamin E.
Microgreens deliver a concentrated dose of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) which can help reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer.
Broccoli sprouts in particular contain high levels of sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties.
Microgreens are usually harvested a few weeks after germination after the plant grows its first couple of leaves. These petite plants are visually appealing and I love adding them to my salads, soups, hummus, and on top of my avocado toast.