Who knew such a small plant could stir up so much talk? Microgreens are increasingly popular because they are such excellent sources of protein and vitamins. With just a few simple steps, you can grow your own microgreens and be ready to serve them in a tasty summer salad in just a few weeks.
- Spread the soil uniformly in the bottom of your tray. Then, take handfuls of the seeds, and sprinkle them liberally across the soil surface.
- Press gently on the seeds so only the top is not covered by soil, and place a layer of paper towels over the seed bed.
- Using a spray bottle, thoroughly soak the towels with water until you are sure the soil beneath is wet.
- Cover the tray with the lid, and place it in a location that is not exposed to direct sunlight. You want an area that gets very little light at all. Note: The purpose of the lid on the tray is to help keep moisture in and stimulate germination, but make sure the lid is not creating a greenhouse effect. If it seems to be getting too hot inside, loosen the lid slightly to allow for ventilation and a little air circulation. You will want to make sure that the paper towel stays moist during the process, so wet it again if you need to.
- Once the seeds fully germinate, which can vary based on seed type used, the towel will start to lift off of the soil. Once this happens, remove the lid and paper towels from the tray, and place the tray in a location that gets bright but indirect sunlight. Continue to water gently as needed. Note: Remember that overwatering can be just as damaging as underwatering, so allow the plants to dry slightly between waterings.
- Harvest microgreens any time after the emergence of the first leaves (usually about two inches in height) by cutting the stems with sharp kitchen shears.
- Wash the greens by placing them in a small, plastic dish, and then dry them on a towel. (Be careful! They are very fragile.) Use your microgreens immediately, or store them in a resealable bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Once you’ve grown your microgreens, you can use the following recipe to make a fresh, nutrient-rich salad you’re sure to love!
For more healthy recipe ideas, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/bites.
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