Mustard To Spinach, 10 Microgreens You Can Grow At Home
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Microgreens hit the international food scene almost a decade back, but it was only during and after 2020—the year the COVID-19 pandemic first hit and people were first restricted to their own homes—that these tiny plants became a part of the common Indian’s vocabulary. In case you are still unaware, microgreens are young vegetable greens that are harvested at an early stage of growth, typically when they have developed their first true leaves. They are smaller than baby greens but larger than sprouts. 

The simple reason why India and the world took to growing microgreens at home during the pandemic and thereafter was because we all realized just how easy-to-grow they truly are. Microgreens take very little space and care to grow, so even people living in cramped quarters can easily grow them. Because we don’t have to grow them for a very long duration—we don’t have to wait for fruits or anything, just proper leaves—they don’t require excess water, fertilizers, etc.  

In fact, if you want to have a kitchen garden in your apartment, then microgreens should be your first choice. The best bit is, microgreens are perfectly suited to summer season—a time when most plants in India need extra TLC just so they can survive the scorching heat. Another great reason to grow microgreens in summer is that they are nutrient-dense and very easy to add to your diet. Moreover, since microgreens are easier to grow, you can also try off-season greens—like mustard greens in summer—for a variety in taste. 

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Wondering which microgreens you should start growing during this summer season? Here are 10 microgreens that can be grown at home during summers in India. 

Mustard Microgreens 

Mustard microgreens have a mild peppery flavor and are quick to grow. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Grow them in summer and try making Sarso Ka Saag or other winter recipes. 

Fenugreek Microgreens

Who said you need fresh methi or Kasoori methi to make winter favourite parathas and rotis in summer? Just try fenugreek microgreens. Fenugreek microgreens have a slightly bitter taste, but they are packed with essential nutrients and provide a good dose of fiber. 

Amaranth Microgreens

The true power of millets don’t just lie in seeds but can also be harnessed in microgreens. Amaranth microgreens have a vibrant reddish-purple color and a mild, earthy flavor. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Spinach Microgreens

Another winter staple you can easily relish in summers with regional recipes or in the form of salads. Spinach microgreens have a mild spinach taste and are a great source of iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. They are easy to grow and can be harvested at an early stage. 

Coriander Microgreens 

Big dhaniya leaves may put you off occasionally, but these microgreens are much more flavourful and beneficial to eat. Coriander microgreens have the same fresh and citrusy flavor as mature coriander leaves. They are rich in antioxidants and can be grown in small spaces. 

Radish Microgreens 

Another wintery flavour that can easily make it to your summer table, radish microgreens have a spicy and peppery flavor. They are high in vitamin C and other nutrients. They grow quickly and add a zing to salads and sandwiches. 

Sunflower Microgreens

Sunflower microgreens have a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Note that sunflowers may require a little more space to grow compared to other microgreens. 

Cabbage Microgreens

If the veggie can provide you with nutrition during winters, why can’t the microgreens do the same during summers? Cabbage microgreens have a mild cabbage taste and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They can be easily grown at home and add a fresh crunch to stir-fried noodle and rice dishes. 

Beetroot Microgreens

If you can’t get enough of beetroots during winters, then this one is a must-have for you. Beetroot microgreens have a vibrant color and a slightly earthy and sweet taste. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Celery Microgreens

A bit fancier and exotic than the rest on this list, but celery microgreens can offer a variety of falvour and taste. Celery microgreens have a concentrated celery flavor and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are easy to grow and can be added to salads, soups, or smoothies for an extra punch of flavor.