Microgreens and Sprouts: What is the Difference?

Microgreens and Sprouts: What is the Difference?

Microgreens and sprouts are trending everywhere from cooking shows and magazines to fancy restaurants and food trucks. But here's our secret-you can grow microgreens and sprouts right in your kitchen for pennies!

Microgreens are young, leafy vegetables or herbs that are harvested just above the soil line when the plant is 1-2 inches tall. Microgreens include the first pair of leaves, called cotyledons, and the just-developing true leaves. They are grown in media and are ready to harvest in about 1 to 4 weeks. Recent research has shown that the nutritional value of microgreens can be much higher than mature plants, adding to their popularity with chefs and home gardeners. We offer seven microgreens varieties and growing trays .

Sprouts are young shoots from seeds, beans, legumes, and grasses that are not grown in growing medium. The whole sprout can be eaten—seed, roots, and stem—and are ready to eat in about 2 to 10 days. They are nutritional powerhouses that contain a high concentrate of antioxidant nutrients. Choose from a wide array of sprouting seed varieties (or grab the Sprout Sampler Collection) and use our Botanical Interests Seed Sprouter for convenient growing.

Read more about how to grow microgreens and sprouts and enjoy fresh flavors all year!

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