Our January Fredericksburg Gardeners Meeting was all about MICROGREENS. We met at the Presbyterian Church downtown and had a great show of interest. 14 gardeners discussed the value of these little plants and DIY possibilities. All of the gardeners were excited to add nutritional value to their palette. Terra Stone Organics sponsored this meeting.
Y’all, Come to the meetings and share your knowledge and come away with new projects and knowledge.
Read just how valuable these little gems are for you…..read on….
These Gorgeous little plants, are not just a plain good-for-you food, fun to grow activity or just a trendy healthy garnish on salads and soups, nope…. Scientific research now proves that these tiny seedlings harvested and eaten when they are just a few inches tall are a superfood packed with antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients.
Scientists from the University of Maryland- College Park and the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyzed the nutrient composition of 25 commercially available microgreen varieties. They discovered that in general microgreen cotyledon leaves had considerably higher nutritional densities than their mature counterparts (cotyledon leaves refer to the embryonic first leaves of a seedling). This is where your seedlings are now on 2/2/2019. This large-scale microgreen study was published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Young edible seedlings are a superb source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals, better than oranges as thought of as a high value C provider. The 2012 study on microgreens reported that even the microgreen sample that had the lowest levels of vitamin C contained a whopping 20 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams – that's almost twice the amount of vitamin C found in tomatoes!
Did you know ? Some microgreens appear to contain even more beta-carotene than carrots
Young pea microgreen grown in light contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E). Similarly, the researchers responsible for the 2012 microgreen study found substantial amounts of tocopherols in the tested greens. The amount of alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol combined ranged from 7.9 to 126.8 milligrams per 100 grams, with green daikon radish microgreens scoring the highest value in this analysis.
You have radish seeds and microgreens…Go For it!!!! Need a refill of seeds? Order here
Vitamin K functions as an electron acceptor when chlorophyll – abundant in all green plants including microgreens – absorbs sunlight to produce carbohydrates and oxygen during photosynthesis. Vitamin K also offers health benefits for humans by promoting normal blood clotting and preventing bruising. Vitamin K is also an important role in maintaining strong and healthy bones. TOP THAT!
The 2012 microgreen study analyzed the levels of phylloquinone (the type of vitamin K produced by plants) and found the highest levels of vitamin K in amaranth microgreens (Red Garnet variety). CHERYL F. -YOU LOVED THESE!
To reap the health benefits of microgreens, eat them immediately after harvest. RINSE AND ENJOY!
Microgreens, like most other superfoods that are consumed fresh, begin to lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest. You have about 10 days and then they begin to degrade in quality and value
To add the benefit of nutritional value, use extra-virgin olive oil or another sesame oil. The presence of oil helps improve the bioavailability of the fat-soluble nutrients in microgreens (carotenoids, vitamin E, and vitamin K).
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Enjoy your newest superfood right on your own windowsill.