[ Microgreen ] Petit in size, Big in return
Just over the Easter Weekend, I received some microgreens samples from Common Farms, a Hong Kong-based, indoor, high-density farm. After being stuck at home for weeks, I am determined to put some time in plating. So I made my own Taco Tuesday!
On this side of the world, microgreens are still something very foreign to the local culinary scene. They can be find in more high-end restaurants / western restaurants. They can be seen in some grocery stores but still not much from home-cooking. I think microgreens are underrated in many aspects. Today, I want to write a post dedicated to these minions.
What are microgreens (微型草)?
Microgreens are considered as baby plants, falling somewhere between sprouts and baby plants. They are usually about 2.5cm - 7.5cm tall. Given its petit size, they have an intense aromatic flavour and concentrated nutrient content.
How do they taste?
Microgreens vary in taste, which can range from neutral to spicy, slightly sour or even bitter, depending on variety.
What can I benefit from eating microgreens?
Microgreens are a great source of beneficial plant compound such as antioxidants. Since their nutrient content is so concentrated, they often contain higher vitamin, mineral and antioxidant levels than the same quantity of mature greens (i.e. the normal version of that particular vegetables). Studies suggested that the nutrient levels in microgreens can be up to 9 times higher than those found in mature greens.
With the suggested value of nutrients, they are suggested to reduce the risk of the following diseases:
- Cardiovascular Disease - Thanks to the abundance in antioxidants
- Alzheimer's disease
- Certain Cancers
How to include microgreens in your diet?
For the lazy you: You can simply add them to your meal, from salad to main dish.
For the fancy you: Challenge yourself to add them as part of the main ingredients within your dish. E.g. how about using micro salad mix into your tacos instead of the normal boring lettuce?
There are many health products out there, claiming how their products can claim to protect you from diseases. I believe less is more and nature always has its way to heal itself. As small as insignificant as microgreens might seem, they are packed with nutrients and have all the micronutrients we need. Even better, they are unprocessed.
A pandemic crisis like this often reveal a lot of truth, giving us opportunities to learn and reflect. Have we been taking good care of ourselves?
Forget about supplements, let real food bring you the abundance.
Thanks Common Farms again for the beautiful microgreens.
Soulistic is a vegan brand created by Chef and Food Therapist, Tiffany Lau (@soulhookedonfood), as a platform to educate customers about healthier diets over medication by providing products and experiences that create change from within. Read about her story and what led her to start Soulistic here.