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  • Shirley Chibuoke

Cooking, Storing and Eating Microgreens

Microgreens, nature's miniature powerhouses, are young and tender edible greens that pack a punch of flavor, nutrients, and visual appeal. These tiny greens, harvested at the seedling stage, offer an array of vibrant colors, textures, and flavors that can elevate any dish. From spicy radish and peppery arugula to delicate basil and tangy mustard, the variety of microgreens is astounding.


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Despite their small size, microgreens are packed with concentrated nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Their nutrient content is concentrated, which means that they often contain higher vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant levels than the same quantity of mature greens, but this varies based on the species.


How to incorporate Microgreens into your cooking

  • Use as a garnish or topper on salads, sandwiches, and soups.

  • Add to smoothies

  • Add them to stir-fries.

  • Use it as a side dish.

  • You can really top anything with them!

Cooking With Microgreens


Microgreens are generally easy to use; they can be eaten raw, blended, or added to cooked dishes for extra flavour. You can use them to garnish almost any dish.

Here are some tips for cooking them to make them even better:

  • Preserve their freshness: Microgreens are delicate, so it's best to add them at the end of the cooking process to preserve their fresh texture and vibrant colors. Toss them in just before serving, or use them as a final garnish.

  • Experiment with flavors: Different microgreens offer unique flavors, ranging from mild and earthy to tangy or spicy. Get creative and experiment with different combinations to find the perfect flavor pairings for your dishes.

  • Consider texture: microgreens come in various textures, such as tender or crunchy. Think about the texture you want to add to your dish and choose microgreens accordingly. Tender varieties work well in delicate dishes, while crunchier ones can add a satisfying texture to salads or stir-fries.


Storing Microgreens


Microgreens are very delicate, so be careful not to rip or bruise them as you wash them. It's best to lightly rinse them over some cold water right before using them. Dry them with a clean towel or a salad spinner; excess moisture can lead to wilting. The traditional way to store microgreens is in breathable storage containers in the refrigerator's crisper drawer.

Here are some more tips to extend their freshness and shelf life:

  1. Line the container: Line the bottom of the container or bag with a paper towel or a dry cloth. This helps absorb any residual moisture and keeps the microgreens fresh.

  2. Avoid stacking or compressing: Do not press down or stack the microgreens tightly, as this can cause bruising and wilting. Allow them some room to breathe and retain their natural shape.

  3. Check and remove any wilting leaves. Regularly inspect the microgreens for any wilting or spoiled leaves. Remove them before storage to prevent the spread of spoilage to the rest of the greens.

  4. Use within a few days. Microgreens are best consumed fresh. While they can remain edible for several days when stored properly, their flavor and texture are optimal within the first few days. Plan to use them as soon as possible for the best culinary experience.

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