First off, lets just make it clear that I have no medical or nutritional training. I am not a doctor and any advice given should be discussed with your healthcare professionals. At the same time, these microgreens have changed my own family’s life and I don’t want misconceptions or misunderstandings get in the way from others thriving.
The reasons I lead off with that is because microgreens are popular these days. I am oftentimes asked, “aren’t sprouts dangerous?” Or that, “sprouts are not good for pregnant moms…”. The answer is that sprouts can be dangerous. They are frowned upon by the FDA during pregnancy. Good news though….Microgreens are NOT sprouts!
Sprouts are simply germinated seeds that are grown in water. Many people have grown their own sprouts in mason jars. The water is drained, seeds are rinsed, and water is refilled many times until the seeds have sprouted. They are never planted and are sometimes sold in the same containers they are grown in. Both the root and seed is consumed raw, but no leaf or actual greens because they are never planted. Because of the water used during production, there is a large susceptibility for bacteria growth. Over the years, this has given sprouts a negative image due to many health scares.
Microgreens on the other hand are grown in soil or another substrate that will allow the seed to grow into its first true leaf. We use soil and water. No nutrients or additives. The greens are harvested when the first true leaf emerges. At this point in the plants life, the colors are vibrant and the flavor is powerful. Each variety has its own flavor and texture profile. Some are crunchy while others are delicate. Also, only the greens are harvested leaving the roots behind. This really cuts down on the bacteria concerns. Our product is closer to lettuce or mixed greens than sprouts. All of these differences add up to a completely different product.
Microgreens are perfect for people of all ages. Our dogs are even benefiting from the sunflower shoots. They are too nutritious to be afraid of!