All year round.
Storage and Handling
Store in the crisper of the refrigerator (they are usually sold in a container you can store them in). Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Microgreens began showing up on chefs' menus as early as the 1980s in San Francisco. In Southern California, microgreens have been grown since the mid-90s. Initially, a few varieties were offered; those available were: arugula, basil, beets, kale, cilantro, and a colourful mixture of those called a "Rainbow Mix".
- Cress - the Chef’s favourite, cress adds a peppery flavour without the heat. Cress is great in herb butters and the old favourite cress sandwiches.
- Broccoli - they add a crunchy nutritional boost to any meal.
- Radish - they add a spicy pepperiness to salads, and as a garnish to Asian dishes and casseroles. They are usually cut and used once the first true leaves appear and are mild but they will get more peppery the longer they are left.
- Coriander/Cilantro - add an authentic fresh taste to Asian cuisine. A little can go a long way.
- Mustard - mildly spicy giving your meals that mustard flavour without too much heat.
- Basil - sweet basil microgreens are a great garnish for all your Mediterranean dishes. They add a succulent sweet herb flavour.
- Beetroot - looking for colour for your salads or a colourful garnish? Beetroot microgreens also provide the delicious earthy flavour of the root.
- Red Cabbage – packed with vitamins and minerals, red cabbage microgreens are crisp and tender. They make an ideal accompaniment for all your salads.
- Kale - a fresh, rich nutty flavour of brassicas to salads, coleslaws, stews, and casseroles.
Microgreen Mix - a mix of basil, beet, cress, mizuna, parsley, rocket.
Sow indoors in a tray or shallow container with good drainage. Sow at the rate advised on the label, this will vary. Lightly cover seeds with damp soil. Gently firm the soil and cover with kitchen paper.
Seedling Care: Once germination occurs, move the tray to a bright area with indirect sunlight and remove top kitchen paper, if present.
Hints & Tips: A clear cover, such as perforated plastic wrap, is recommended to conserve moisture, but ensure ventilation is not inhibited. Only water soil and do not wet the seedling leaves. Harvest by snipping with scissors when first true leaves appear.
*Information provided by McGregor's