Microgreen Varieties for the Mississippi Gardener
Growing fresh microgreens is an easy and fun way to enjoy truly locally grown vegetables. They add color and flavor to salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. Microgreens require only a small amount of space and can be grown all year long.
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are young, immature, densely grown seedlings of selected vegetables and herbs. At harvest—ranging from 7 to 21 days after germination—microgreens will consist of the stem, cotyledon, and developing true leaves, depending on the species grown.
Benefits of Microgreens
Adding fresh microgreens to your family’s meals is a great way to increase your consumption of important vitamins and phytonutrients. Recently published research has documented that microgreens are packed full of high concentrations of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthins.
Varieties of Microgreens
There are more than 50 varieties of vegetables and herbs that have been recommended for growing as microgreens. Microgreen seeds should be bought in bulk; it is not economical to use the seed packets available at garden centers. Recommended bulk amounts range from 1 ounce to 1 pound or more depending on the microgreen variety. Following is a listing of microgreen varieties arranged by their rate of growth from initial seed sowing. Included are variety selections good for home gardeners and tips for growing them successfully. Seed priming can improve the germination and growth of some varieties. For more information on priming microgreen seeds, see Mississippi State University Extension Service Publication 2857 Growing Microgreens for the Mississippi Gardener.