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One of the staples several OTFM@Distillery 244 farmers are growing this winter is microgreens. What’s so great about microgreens? Researchers have found microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. (WebMD) Think about that! You receive more nutrients in one tiny broccoli microgreen than you would if you consumed all of the broccoli florets harvested from the mature plant. Counterintuitive? You bet. They add great visual appeal, texture, flavor and a massive amount of nutrients to all kinds of dishes: soups, main dishes, salads, sandwiches, and even breakfast burritos!

Here are some insights from OTFM farmers:

What is the difference between microgreens and sprouts? Brad at Serenity Farm answered the question this way:

[Microgreens are] grown in soil, harvested at the first true leaf stage, [and are] more nutrient dense than sprouts because have begun photosynthesis and taking up nutrients from the soil, so [they are] not relying only on the nutrients within the seed.

When asked why they grow microgreens, Simple Abundance Farm replied: 

What’s great about microgreens is that each one would grow into a full-sized sunflower or pea plant, so they’re going to be very nutrient dense and flavorful. They are great on sandwiches and in salads! A lot of people use them in smoothies or juices. They are also a beautiful topping to any dish. The pea micros taste just like a fresh spring pea and are sweet, and the sunflower micros have a nutty flavor and a great texture, especially in a salad! The radish micros have a spicy kick and are awesome on scrambled eggs in the morning!

If you need more incentive to eat microgreens this season, do it for the vitamins! A 2012 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Maryland-College Park found that “leaves from nearly every microgreen variety tested 4 to 40 times more concentrated with certain nutrients than leaves from their full-grown counterparts.” Several of the microgreens tested were especially high in vitamins C, E, and K.

We encourage you to utilize these tiny wonders of nutrient dense flavor and hope to see you this Sunday at OTFM@Distillery 244.