Microgreens are simply baby version of vegetables and herbs which are harvested at a very young age because they are found to be much more nutritional than the mature one we normally eat.
That is why they are gaining so much popularity all over the world.
But as they are new in the Indian market there prices are skyrocketing so the best option is to grow them at home.
But how to grow microgreens at home in India?
Microgreens can be easily grown at home by anyone from any part of the country, in a small “flat tray” filled with potting soil. Sow the seeds and keep the tray on your windowsill as microgreens doesn’t require that much of sunlight and a few hours of indirect sunlight will do the work.
Within a week or two they will be ready to get harvested and eaten raw.
Now, before we go deep into the growing process and things that can be grown as microgreens,
I think you might be having a few questions in your mind?
- How does microgreen grow so fast and are ready to be eaten?
- Are they safe to be eaten raw?
- Or are they treated with some kind of chemical?
It’s perfectly fine to have such questions (if you have any other please comment below) because when I first heard about them, I certainly had all of these.
So, lets clear all these doubts one by one and grow our own microgreens at home:
What are microgreens? And how do they grow so fast?
Microgreens are actually like sprouts; you already know the benefits of sprouts. Don’t you?
Sprouts are the first thing we are asked to eat in the morning as they have so many health benefits.
All we have to do to grow sprouts is soak them overnight in water and the next day we can see some roots growing and that’s it. We eat it raw. Such a fast process.
but vegetables require a lot more time to grow and lots of care, attention and gardening techniques which is not possible by everyone.
Here come microgreens.
The difference between Sprouts and microgreens is that microgreens are grown in soil instead of water and they are allowed to grow till the time they develop their first two leaves.
And then they are harvested in this tender age which contains more nutrition than the usual one.
This is how the process of growing microgreens looks like:
- Get a flat tray (Pro tip – You can use the one you get from Zomato or Swiggy)
- Fill it with potting soil
- Sow Microgreen seeds
- Sprinkle some water over them
- Place the tray, where it can receive indirect sunlight for 3-4 hours in a day. Usually near window.
- Within 2-3 days you will see some development in the tray.
- Water it whenever you find the soil has become dry, never overwater.
- In a few days, you will see small tender stems coming out of the soil and the day it develops first two leaves it is ready to be harvested and eaten raw.
That’s it such a simple process.
Are Microgreens safe to eat?
Yes indeed, and when you are growing them at home it is totally up to you that you don’t add any chemical to grow them.
They are just small version of regular vegetables, not different from them just harvested way much earlier.
But make sure that you wash them thoroughly before eating as they are eaten raw and not cooked to avoid eating the soil they are grown in.
I can feel the excitement building up inside you to grow them and I don’t want it to fade away.
Things required to grow microgreens at home?
- High quality Microgreen seeds (that are not treated with chemicals)
- A flat tray (or any recycled container needs to have flat bottom) with drainage holes at the bottom so that excess water can flow out.
- Tissue Paper to cover the holes so that only water can drain and not the soil.
- Potting soil
- Water sprayer or can (a gentle one – very important)
- Seaweed solution for growth
How to Grow Microgreens at Home – The Complete Process
Firstly, you need a flat tray with 3-4 drainage holes at the bottom for excess water to flush out.
Then you need to cover the bottom of the flat tray with some tissue paper or any other filtering paper and fill it with nutrient rich potting soil.
The tissue paper at the bottom will ensure that only water drains out and not the soil.
Spray the soil with some water and just water it enough so that the soil gets moist, neither wet nor dry.
Then you need to sow the microgreen seeds at adequate distance according to the size of your tray.
And place the tray near window so that it can receive sunlight.
That’s it. Now you have to wait for a few days.
When the seeds start to germinate this is the time, they are hungry for nutrition so spray some seaweed solution to fulfil their nutrition hunger.
When they start to grow stems and the day they develop their first two leaves this is the time they need to be harvested.
Cut them a little above the ground at the time of eating food wash them thoroughly and just eat these nutrient rich foods raw.
What Plants Can Be Grown As Microgreen?
- Wheatgrass (the most popular one)
- Radish (Mooli)
- Beetroot (chukandar)
- Rocket microgreen
Its seeds are available online and you can also find them in your local nursery as well – enquire them to give you chemical free seeds.
How to eat Microgreens?
Microgreens are eaten raw and this is the best way to eat it. It is one of the most nutritious form of salad.
While making regular salad include microgreens in that as well.
What is the best time to harvest (cut) microgreens?
When they develop their first two leaves that is the best time to harvest them.
After this point its taste might start to turn bitter.
Don’t try to pluck it off from the roots use sharp scissor to cut them a little above the soil.
Microgreens are one of the healthiest foods that you can grow easily at home as they don’t require much space as well as indirect sunlight is adequate for them.
Take advantage of this guide and start growing them at home.
Make sure to share your experience with us.
If you face any problem, share that as well.