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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Microgreens at Home

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Welcome to the world of microgreens — miniature plants, herbs, or vegetables that are comparable to sprouts, but unlike sprouts, use soil and sunlight to grow. Microgreens can be grown anywhere (even indoors in your kitchen!), which is why they’ve been gaining popularity recently, especially on social media.

Microgreens have amazing health benefits because they are nutrient-concentrated. Because they grow so quickly, they’re also full of healthy enzymes and contain a variety of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant known to reduce risk of heart disease. Nutrient content varies according to each variety of microgreens, but microgreens are generally abundant in copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. Microgreens are essentially young vegetable greens; the young plants have concentrated nutrients, which means they typically contain higher levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals than say, more mature vegetables. Science Direct reports that nutrient levels in microgreens can be nine times higher than traditional mature veggies.