Although they are rising in popularity quickly, microgreens are still somewhat of a novelty for most of us, so you may not be familiar with how to use them in your cooking. This, combined with the fact that they grow relatively quickly (typical harvest times are 5-10 days) means that once you get started you’re not going to have long to figure out how to use them!
In this blog we’ll be sharing some of our favorite ways to use microgreens in your salads, smoothies, snacks and more.
If you’d like to learn more about how to grow them or their many health benefits feel free to check out our separate blogs on these topics and more – linked below.
When to harvest microgreens?
Once microgreens form little leaves (which can be as soon as 3 days with some varieties) you can start to sample them. Microgreens’ flavor and texture will change over time, so everyday after they sprout, its fun to take a pinch to see when their flavor peaks for you.
It’s best to harvest microgreens as needed (meaning immediately before you eat them). This is the best way to ensure optimal flavor and nutrition. After taking a partial harvest, return your tray to the windowsill and let it keep growing until you need it next.
Also, while it’s not at all essential you might notice that your microgreens are a little bit crisper and sweeter in the morning. This is because they spend the night time replenishing their lost moisture and converting the previous day’s starch into sugar.
What are the different uses for microgreens?
With flavors ranging from carrot to wasabi and colors ranging from green to pink, microgreens are nothing if not versatile. The most popular ways to use them are:
- Mixing into salads
- Layering in sandwiches
- Garnishing drinks
- Seasoning soups
- Juicing them
- Adding to stir frys
We recommend growing microgreens based on how you’ll cook with them but our sampler comes with the main types (spicy radish, sweet lentil shoots, mild kale, and flavorful mustard) to help you get your footing. Our favorite microgreen forward recipes for this mix are:
Mustard dressed summer salad
Radish and Root Salad
Hummus, Tomato, and Lentil Shoot Wrap
Can Microgreens be cooked?
As a general rule, you shouldn’t really cook your microgreens as the high heat reduces their potent nutrient content – and they are so crisp and tender that they don’t need the heat to soften them. There are some exceptions however, such as tossing in mung bean shoots near the end of your stir fry.
Can microgreens be frozen?
Freezing your microgreens is a good way of locking in the nutrition if you’ve grown too many to eat during your harvest – but it will totally destroy their texture, so it’s only a good move if you’re planning on using them in a smoothie.
If you’re curious to know more about what microgreens are, how to grow microgreens, different types of microgreens or benefits of microgreens – then check out our separate blogs on these topics. But if you’re too excited and just can’t wait to start growing your own microgreens, then check out our beginner-friendly Microgreens kits below.