Despite our carb-craving and sugar binging, our bodies want vitamins, minerals, and roughage. Now it is easier than ever to enjoy delicious meals and beverages garnished with microgreens and sprouts. Though we may never be able to fully kick our bad food habits to the curb, banking on the this food trend while it lasts is a sure fire way to get must-have vitamins and a refreshing texture boost at the same time. Plus, microgreens are a great way to add color to plain tableware.
More than being gorgeous garnishes and tantalizing toppers, microgreens are a great way to supply your guests with daily vitamin requirements. Sprouts and microgreens are far more nutrient dense than their full grown vegetable counterparts. Both sprouts and microgreens are pretty easy to grow and can be harvested within a week or a few weeks of growth, respectively.
Delicious and enchanting microgreens are making their way across the food world one menu at a time. They add refreshing texture and depth to the flavor profile of hot or cold dishes and craft cocktails. According to the book: "Microgreens: Novel, Fresh, and Functional Food to Explore All the Value of Biodiveristy:"
"Microgreens are...increasingly used by haute cuisine chefs to prepare gourmet dishes intended to satisfy the needs of modern consumers" which are "more and more health conscious and particularly attentive to their heath, diet and food quality.
Although [they] are often used with the main aesthetic purpose of garnishing dishes, microgreens also have a very good nutritional profile" and can be considered "superfoods" as they "reduce the risk of diseases."
They are attractive, adorable, and may be adapted to most plates and palates, but there is a catch. Commercially grown sprouts (and microgreens) are one of the most commonly contaminated foods, responsible for food-borne outbreaks. Growing your own is the way to go if you want to lower the risk of bacterial contamination and prevent exposure to harmful pesticides and other chemicals. Luckily, they are easy to grow and can be harvested in just a few weeks after planting.