WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?
MicroGreens are the edible young seedlings of immature plants, harvested at 7-14 days after germination. Typically ranging in size from 1-3 inches tall, MicroGreens are older than sprouts and much younger than petite or baby greens. MicroGreens are specifically selected for their unique color and flavor.
MicroGreens are a stunning visual and nutritional addition to any dish.
MicroGreens have gained popularity as a new culinary trend in the past few years. They first became popular in the mid-1990s in California and the first use of the word “microgreens” was documented in 1998. These tender greens have two fully developed cotyledon leaves, with or without the emergence of a few first true leaves. It is these young cotyledon leaves, often referred to as the “seed leaves,” that possess higher nutritional densities.
Heritage Prairie Farm began growing MicroGreens in the winter of 2007, and within a short time they were being sold at farmers markets and being used at aread restaurants such as Marriott Chicago, The Finery, and Sovereign.
By 2010, Heritage Prairie Farm MicroGreens were one of the first Midwest farms to make MicroGreens commercially available to consumers at retail outlets like Whole Foods Market in the Chicago-land area.
What makes them so nutritious?
In recent studies by the USDA, MicroGreens were discovered to be more nutrient-dense than their mature counterparts when compared with the records in USDA National Nutrient Database. Dietary guidelines now recommend people to fill half of their plate with fruits and vegetables because they possess benefits for human health. Particularly with foods rich in vitamins C, E, A, K (and phytonutrients such as carotenoids, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, and organosulfurs). Countless studies have shown that the consumption of fruits and vegetables is strongly associated with reduced risk in the development of chronic diseases and cancers.
MicroGreens were found on average to contain 4-6 times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant.
Here are some of the health benefits of Heritage Prairie Farm MicroGreens
Helps cleanse & neutralize acidic waste. High in vitamins A, K, + C
Contains powerful glucoinolates, antioxidants linked to decreased cancer risk, as well as enhancing the immune system. High in vitamins A, K, C, + E
Helps control heart rate & blood pressure. High in vitamins A, K, + C
Contains anthocyanins, proven to have anti-carcinogenic properties
Contains sulforaphane, which alleviates inflammation, and helps skin damages from the sun.
High in vitamins A + C
Natural cleansing agent for digestive system, helps fight colds & sore throats.
High in vitamin C, phosphorus, + zinc.
Pak Choi MicroGreens:
Helps destroy free radicals and protects cells from inflammation. High in vitamins A, K, C,
Strengthens the body & a great anti-aging tool. High levels of vitamin A, K, + C, as well as high in fiber, iron, copper, manganese, + copper
- Cilantro MicroGreens:
Supports immune function, prevents age-related eye degeneration and cataract. High levels of vitamin K, C, + E as well as very high levels of antioxidents like carotenoids lutein/ zeaxanthin, violaxanthin and beta carotene
How are microgreens grown?
Unlike sprouts, Heritage Prairie Farm MicroGreens obtain their nutrients from three places: the rich, organic soil, natural sunlight photosynthesized by the plant, and nutrients produced by the seed itself. In recent studies, when compared to sprouts, MicroGreens bear a relatively lower food safety risk. Heritage Prairie Farm Microgreens are always triple-washed for your convenience and safety.
Heritage Prairie Farm MicroGreens are currently Certified USDA Organic.
That means our farmers don’t use any synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms
How can MicroGreens be used?
MicroGreens can be used as an edible garnish that can brighten any dish. They also make a great topping or nutritional supplement to nearly anything. Enjoy in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, omelets, pizza, or even sprinkled over a beautiful fillet of fish. Get creative with them!
In the News
Check out our portion of the PBS episode on the America’s Heartland website, Aol on Travel, or the Huffington Post have all picked up the Heritage Prairie Farm video!