Preparing to deliver another batch of micro-greens to The Wild Ramp this morning. Don’t they look delicious? They are!
That’s just a small sample of today’s harvest of Collard Mix (Collards, Kale and Others), Spicy Mix (a colorful blend of red and green mustards with various textures) & Mild Mix (Mizuna, Cabbage, Kale, and Kohlrabi) micro-greens .
They are also a super-food, providing lots of nutritious stuff!
Don’t believe us? It’s true. In a study at The University of
In a study at The University of Maryland “researchers learned that overall microgreens tend to have higher concentrations of vitamins and carotenoids than the mature plants—many of which fall into the superfood category themselves. Because they are grown from so many types of plant seeds, what specifically they contain varies from plant to plant. Red cabbage microgreens had the greatest concentration of vitamin C—six times more than mature cabbage. It also had 40 times more vitamin E than the bigger plants. Red cabbage, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish microgreens had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E. Cilantro was the winner when it came to the carotenoids lutein and beta-carotene.
“In general, microgreens contained considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature plant counterparts, an indication that microgreens may be worth the trouble of delivering them fresh during their short lives,” said the study.
What does that mean for you? It means more of what you eat your vegetables for. Lutein, for instance, has been found to have an impact on eye health, possibly helping to stave off conditions such as macular degeneration. Beta-carotene may help protect against some cancers. And all the carotenoids are antioxidants, which play a role in maintaining and improving overall health, boosting your immune system and delaying chronic diseases of aging.
If it’s good to eat your vegetables, it’s even better to eat your microgreens.”