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Video: Grow Microgreens Easily At Home
How about learning how to grow homemade microgreens and thus decorate your small kitchen with greens. As decorative as they are useful, these little green leaves are prized for their specific tastes and their therapeutic properties. And in addition to bringing a touch of originality to the interior decoration, they will undoubtedly awaken the taste of your cooking dishes. It's also fast and economical! Here is how to invite urban agriculture to your home!
Learn to grow microgreens at home easily
Although it is still the middle of winter, having an indoor vegetable garden is certainly advantageous! Because after all, who has never dreamed of enjoying a green salad when everything is white outside? How to do ? No more aromatic herbs and potted vegetables, which refuse to grow and very often are affected by diseases! Instead, we opt for “microgreens” by learning how to grow microgreens at home! Tasty and healthy, the microgreens represent plants that have barely emerged from the ground. Very popular in North America, they landed in France. With their colors and their unique flavor, they invite themselves on every plate and conquer all gourmets.
Why exactly should you learn to grow microgreens?
If you still do not understand what it is, Deavita.fr will decipher the whole subject for you! So, as already mentioned, micro-shoots are small leaves that are cut off at the very first stage of their development or the stage just after germination. They emerge from the ground between 1 and 4 weeks and are a few centimeters high. By the time the first double leaf appears, they are ready to eat. In addition to creating a buzz in recent years, microgreens are also very beneficial to the body. What's more, according to some studies, homemade microgreens are richer in nutrients than mature plants.
We find that these delicate little shoots indeed represent mini nutrient bombs, which already contain all the vitamins, minerals and fibers necessary for a plant for its development. In a kilogram of microgreens of broccoli, for example, there are about 40 times more nutrients than in a kilogram of fresh vegetables. Another advantage? Your productions will be 100% local and pesticide free, because it simply doesn't need them.
The major advantage? Micro-shoots are perfectly suited to urban culture! Growing sprouts at home can also be done with the family. It's a great way to introduce young and old to gardening and healthy foods. As a bonus, it's good for the budget! The price of sprouts is only a few cents. Consequently, growing microgreens at home is relatively more economical than buying your vegetables from the market!
On the flaw side, homemade micro-sprouts are not the most ecological trend for those of you who do not have natural light in your homes. However, for consumers and chefs, miro-feuilles represent an ideal opportunity to create an urban terroir.
Growing micro-shoots: an easy activity
Growing sprouts at home is definitely a snap! It is enough to soak them in water for a few weeks, rinsing them from time to time. When it comes to materials, all you need is a germinator! You can such at health food stores. If, however, you're only going to grow a handful of sprouts, you don't really need them.
So, instead of spending your money on products you can make yourself, make your own hotbed out of a pot of yogurt or a glass jar. After you get your own container, you need a filter. For this purpose, opt for a square mosquito net that you must then place on the opening of the jar. To keep the square intact, use a rubber band. And here it is, your DIY germinator is ready!
Micro-shoots: which seeds to favor?
Generally speaking, the choice of sprouts to grow at home is almost limitless. However, potatoes and rhubarb should be avoided, due to their toxic leaves. Otherwise, the most preferred microgreens are corn and fennel. Other possibilities are:
- cereals (oats, chia, flax, buckwheat, sesame and rice)
- vegetables (beetroot, carrot, celery, lettuce, mustard, leek, broccoli, onion, spinach)
- legumes (mung beans, lentils, quinoa, soybeans and chickpeas)
- aromatic herbs (coriander, fennel, basil, parsley and dill)
Where can you find your seeds to germinate? Fortunately, several are already stores offering an assortment of seeds. However, it is essential to opt for certified and well packaged seeds! Why ? Well, because there are places whose products are treated with fungicides. So pay attention to the labels!
The step by step process
First, start by pouring two layers of seeds (and no more) into your mason jar. Otherwise, you risk ending up with a container overflowing with sprouted seeds. Then fill with water and shake briskly to clean the seeds of dust. Invert to drain. Fill the pot again with clean water and put it in a warm place to help germination. Leave on for about 12 hours. In the meantime, the seeds will swell and reach about twice their original size. At the end of this time, drain the jar, fill it again and invert to drain the seeds.
Rinse and drain, rinse and drain again! Here is the key to successful germination! But how many times exactly? As we mentioned to you, this step should be repeated morning and evening for two to five days up to eight days (especially for carrots and fennel). The duration generally depends on the type of seed chosen as well as the temperature of the location. The latter must be relatively high. If all goes well, the growth of your little shoots will not be long.
If your seeds lack light, they will turn very pale. To have fresher and greener sprouts, you have to position your small pot near in a bright place. This will give a more intense and vitamin flavor to your future vegetables. Once your sprouts reach the desired size, you need to rinse and drain them one last time. As for what happens next, you have two options: either consume them immediately or keep them in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
To grow microgreens, it's almost the same principle, because microgreens are just sprouts grown in good soil and you have to let them ripen longer and harvest a few days later than the sprouts. As we mentioned above, the microgreens are ready once the first green leaves appear. Finally, harvest them with the help of scissors or tear them out of the soil to take advantage of their roots, which are just as greedy and vitamin-rich.
For any additional information, you can consult the video above!