Diary of a Zesty Mix Microgreen🌱

March 11, 2020

Diary of a Zesty Mix Microgreen🌱

Did you know? 

Our Zesty Mix seed quilt is a super flavorful mixture of broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, cabbage, and mustard (The mustard adds a nice, subtle zip)! It provides a unique and distinctive punch of flavor when used as a garnish on sandwiches, wraps, eggs, pizza, and just about any savory meal! These microgreens will be ready for peeling about 5-6 days after planting and will be ready for harvest in about 10 days!

Sometimes we get asked if our Seed Quilts can be cut into sections so that a variety of greens can be grown out at the same time.  This is great for a bit of variety if growing with 1 tray (we do offer extra trays for those who consume a lot of microgreens & want to grow out several quilts simultaneously 😁). While you may experiment with this method of course, mixed Seed Quilt options like the Zesty Mix Seed Quilt allow you to have a beautiful harmony of flavors & nutrients all from one quilt! Winning!

 

Here are the flavor profiles of the greens included in the Zesty Mix:

Broccoli– Mild, crunchy, dense, slightly bitter

Kale– Mild, subtly sweet, broccoli-like taste

Arugula – Nutty, peppery

Kohlrabi – Mild, sweet

Cabbage- Mild, earthy, slightly sweet, refreshing

Mustard – Sweet, mildly spicy, zesty

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Day 1- Let’s get that Zesty Mix Seed Quilt started! 

For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic link if you need a quick refresher: https://www.hamama.com/pages/how-to-grow 

Friendly reminder! For the initial soak, be sure to fully hold down on the Seed Quilt to be absolutely sure it has evenly soaked up water. Move your hands around to all the sections until you see that each and every part has turned a shade darker from soaking up water :)

Day 2- No big changes yet!

Same as always, I want to share my growing conditions with you: the house temp is near 71 degrees, there is window and ceiling lighting, & there are no other plants or fruit baskets near the grow tray. P.S, check out our new wooden seed quilt label holders! 👌

Day 3- Puffy Goodness! 

As you can see, on day 3 the Seed Quilt has definitely started to “puff up” a bit. Right on track! 

Day 4- I see you green goddesses! 

You can see that the paper has puffed up and that the germinated seeds are growing beautifully. The peel time for this quilt is 5-6 days, so I am going to let these cook a day or two more before I pull the top parchment paper back.

Day 5: Time for the PEEL!

I added a touch of water to bring the level back above the tray’s bottom ridges because of the dry air I have right now with my winter heating on. Be careful not to over-water (only ever touch up to the top of the ridges to be sure you’re not over-watering)! As the seeds & their roots grow, they can reach further down to wick up water as needed, and it is important to give them airspace/oxygen to breathe (root respiration!). The greens did not “break” through the top parchment paper top in this case, but rather ballooned up nicely. I peeled at day 5. 

*Just want to reiterate that you will be removing the paper from the felt, not the felt from the coconut pad where the roots are trying to attach. You can use a sharp pair of scissors to cut carefully into the parchment paper on top if the paper doesn’t want to peel without a fight ;)  You do not want to peel the seeds from the coconut husk pad, as you reference. 

Day 6- Voila! 

After peeling & giving these microgreens the necessary airflow and light they needed to keep growing strong, they shot up quickly! Yeah, microgreen growth- spurt! 💪

Day 7- Grow, baby, Grow! 

The Zesty microgreens are now measuring over 3 inches already! It takes major constraint to not snack on these right from the tray! Love seeing the mix of greens and purple (from our red cabbage).

Day 8- Lush little jungle of greens! 

These are over 3.5 inches now, and quite dense! For me, the Zesty Mix variety tends to reach about 4.5 inches at maturity.

Day 9- Almost ready to harvest!

These are almost 3.5 inches now, and quite dense! For me, the Zesty Mix variety tends to reach about 4 inches at maturity. Check out these nice strong roots!

Day 10- HARVEST DAY!!!!!!! 

For me, these looked perfectly mature on day 10. Rich green color, soft lush leaves, and about 4.5 inches tall. Use this mature height as a general rule of thumb :)

Storing your Zesty Mix Microgreens: 

These can be harvested at around 3-5 inches. They can be harvested by cutting or even pulling up, & stored in a ziplock bag (or the Stasher bag) in the fridge for a week or so! If you prefer to munch on them while they are in the tray, the mature greens can remain there for a few extra days, but please periodically check that they have enough water to drink! Otherwise, they will wilt over! 😢


Some folks ask if the mature microgreens should be rinsed before use! When the microgreens are ready to harvest you don't need to wash them, but you can if you want. Whatever you feel comfortable with! Since there’s no soil, they’re already super clean. Most folks who do rinse do so if they have pets who might be snooping around in them lol :D The most important thing you should do for cleanliness is to treat them just like any other food item and always wash your hands when handling! *For longer storage, don’t rinse the harvested microgreens before storing. Instead, put them in your ziplock bag in the fridge & rinse just before eating, if desired!

How to eat your Zesty Mix microgreens: 


These zesty micros are best used as garnish, in salads and as sandwich toppers! I personally love it on cauliflower crust pizza! The combination of several delicious varieties of microgreens creates a balanced but zesty flavor on just about any savory meal! You get mild, spicy, earthy, bitter, sweet, & peppery notes all in 1 bite!! 

 

Check out other Hamama Zesty Mix recipes & blog posts here!

Don't forget to check out ZESTY-related posts on our Hamama Friends Facebook Page!  We just love our community of growers & eaters! 💚

 

Thanks for popping by! Happy growing! -Allie :)

 

 

 

 

 

 



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