Microgreens: The New Superfood
Microgreens are considered by many the new superfood. Microgreens, the edible seedlings of green veggies and herbs, are enjoying their time in the spotlight as new research reveals that these tiny leaves (less than 14 days old) contain more beneficial nutrients than their full-grown, mature counterparts.
Microgreens have been steadily gaining popularity in recent years, particularly at the pricier, fine-dining restaurants. Because these culinary gems were beginning to show up on more plates in chic eateries, researchers began to wonder how the nutrients in Microgreens stacked up against the mature plants we´re more familiar with, only to realize that there was no scientific information comparing the two. Scientists knew they had to do some digging.
The study found that nearly all of the varieties of Microgreens housed from four to six times the beneficial nutrients (including antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene) than the same mature vegetables. The same amount of cancer preventing phytonutrients identified in scientific studies and found in one and half cups of broccoli can be found in a mere ounce of broccoli Microgreens.
There are different kinds of Microgreens with different properties and nutritional values depending from which plant they are. We can highlight Curled Cress, Sunflower, Onion, Aragula, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Lemon Basil, Mustard o Beetroot.