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Growing microgreens is a recent trend, gaining high popularity among home gardeners. In the earlier days, microgreens were mainly grown by chefs who used these in different salads and soups. The popularity grew and today these healthy microgreens are considered to be the hottest food trend. These can be grown indoors in small containers throughout the year.
A great way to ensure supply of fresh and nutritious greens is to start growing microgreen at home. The pleasantly peppery radish microgreens, which boast a flavor similar to that of root radishes, are easy to grow (also in winter) and a good choice for those who are new to growing edible microgreens at home. Harvested at about two inches tall, these peppery seedlings are great in salads and cold soups. Their small size also makes them a great raw garnish to dishes that can benefit from a peppery element
Notes & Growing Tips: Radish is fast and easy to grow. The microgreen is substantial and very crunchy. Due to its fast growth can be harvested as early as 5 days, assuming you have exposed to light on day 3. These radish microgreens are at their peak of crunchiness at about day 5 or 6. Once they grow larger they get more leafy and lose their crunch.
Radish is a green crop with an intense radish flavor great in any microgreen salad or full sized salad. Use instead of sliced radish anywhere you would normally use radish.
Please refer to this video on How To Grow Radish Micro Greens ?
Are Microgreens Similar to Sprouts?
Micro greens are small edible plants and they are a bit older than sprouts. Since these are small in size, they are often confused with sprouts. Sprouts are germinated seeds that are grown in water and eaten whole. When we have sprouts we are actually consuming their seeds, stem and root. Micro greens grow in soil or even on a sterile growing media like cocopeat or plain sand or mud or compost. You can grow them indoors with little exposure to sunlight. These are harvested just after the development of first ‘true’ leaves. Quite easy to grow and can be grown from any type of plant variety but the most popular are mustard, radish and beet. The seed density when planted is also lower than with sprouts which make sure that they have plenty of space to grow. Micro greens also have less contamination problems than sprouts. Lastly, unlike sprouts, they are harvested with their roots. High in nutritional value, micro greens are an easy way to create a healthier diet for yourself.
Growing Micro greens in Your Garden:-
Home gardeners are now showing great interest in growing micro greens as these can be grown indoors since they need very little space. These can be grown in wide varieties to add that spicy ‘zing’ to any salad or main course. The common types of micro greens grown in home gardens are cabbage, cilantro, celery, radish and mustard. The best part is that these are completely ready to be harvested in just a week or less which means if you are really fond of these greens, you can produce at least 4 crops in a month and enjoy their freshness and nutritional value everyday.