Who would have thought that you can grow Broccoli as a mini plant, jam-packed with nutrition within two weeks? This amazing microgreen may be one of the healthiest you can eat.
What Are Broccoli Microgreens?
Broccoli as microgreens is an incredible source of protein and they are just super tasty. You can use this microgreen in most dishes or simply as a beautiful garnish.
It’s very simple and quick to grow. They are also excellent to add in your children’s dishes if they are not fond of the regular and full-sized ones. These tiny versions are not only tasty but they are packed with nutrition. They hold 40 times more nutrition than the adult counterpart!
Growing period: 9 – 14 days
Flavor: Mild flavor
Broccoli is part of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae, genus Brassica). It is one of those vegetables which are either loved or hated by people. It origins from Italy and has been considered a valuable food since the Roman Empire. It was even referred to as “Italian asparagus”.
The stalks and flower florets are eaten both raw and cooked in the full-sized vegetable. As microgreens, you will get the flavor of these jam-packed nutrition veggies as a tiny leaf! Since they are not fully grown, they are milder compared to the adult version.
The Broccoli is considered a microgreen when it is between 10 and 14 days old in the phase of the plant’s life.
General Nutrition & Benefits
Broccoli is an excellent support to our immune system. It has the same amount of Vitamine C as lemons and twice as much as spinach.
Broccoli is also high in Vitamine A which helps your vision, good for your skin and it supports, in general, many systems in the body.
How to Grow Broccoli Microgreens
There are many different ways to grow broccoli microgreens. You just pick the one that you find fits you and if you are a beginner, you may want to go for a Growing kit which includes everything you need to get started.
What is common for each method is that the Broccoli sprouts are ready to be eaten soon after harvest to benefit from their amazing nutrition power. These superfoods begin to lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest. The longer the time gap between harvesting and eating, the lesser will be the nutrients retained in the vegetable.
You can use Broccoli microgreens in a variety of dishes. Eat is raw and spread it on top of your sandwich, soup, salads or just as a beautiful decoration.
If you don´t want to eat it raw, you can steam it or stir-fry it. When you cook your broccoli on very low heat and only for some 5 minutes, you won’t lose your nutrition.