Micro vegetables, also known as microgreens or micro confetti have been popular for around 20 years in the culinary establishments.
This is because micro vegetables have a much more intense flavour as well as being really nutritious, as they even contain easily digestible vitamins and minerals.
Micro veg tiny, delicately beautiful adding plenty of colour to your plate when used as a garnish but they are so tasty why only use them to decorate the plate add them as part of your ingredients to enhance the flavour of the dish.
So what actually are micro vegetables?
Micro Vegetables are basically edible immature vegetables/seedlings that are cut up to one month after germination. This is when they have their first two true leaves. Most are cut when they’re between 2 to 3 cm but can be up to 5 cm in length. This includes both the stem and leaves.
How to grow micro vegetables?
You can choose to grow each vegetable separate or you can mix your seeds together to get a mixture of flavours. You only need small trays or pots, you can even recycle some clean old food tubs or aluminium trays used for cooking, etc. as long as you have a container that can hold around 5 to 10 cm of potting compost you should be good to go.
It takes around 3-7 days for most to start sprouting, so while they grow you should be spraying them with water in a mist spray bottle just to keep them moist. You only need to do this once or twice a day.
Just ensure that they get a few hours of direct sunlight each day to help them thrive.
Because these grow and are harvested in such a short amount of time, you will very rarely be affected by pest and disease meaning you have a high success rate.
What are the best plants to grow as micro vegetables?
Pretty much all vegetables are fine to grow as micro vegetables as micro vegetables are just the seedlings of normal vegetables, but there are more popular vegetables to choose from as they taste better as well as better nutritional values. Such as:
The popular choices for taste are
They’re simple and easy to grow and because they only take a few days to weeks to grow they are also cheap to buy the seeds from any garden centre or even local supermarkets.
Another great thing about micro vegetables is that If you live in urban areas with little or no garden you can still easily grow these in trays in your kitchen windowsill.
Simple! Do you think you'll give it a go?