Clover is such a versatile little microgreen! They have beautiful green leaves with a mild, fresh, nutty & sweet flavor. Clover adds a fresh crisp crunch to sandwiches & salads and is very similar to Alfalfa flavor & texture wise. The biggest difference between the two is how much more easily Clover sheds its hulls, which is a big reason why we prefer it! Follow along with my Clover Diary to be sure you’re on track with your own Seed Quilt at home! :)
Day 1- Planting your Clover Seed Quilt
Whoo hoo! For setup, just follow the regular simple Hamama instructions like you always do! Here is an electronic link if you need a refresher: https://www.hamama.com/pages/how-to-grow
Day 2- Nothing much to note yet; Just anxiously awaiting these babies!!
I want to share my growing conditions with you like always- the house temp is near 71 degrees, there is window and ceiling lighting, no other plants or fruit baskets nearby, and the heat is on in the house as it is winter in Wisconsin. Thus, I will be sure to check the water level periodically because I’ve seen that dry air can make it evaporate much faster than normal! This goes for other dry climates, like Arizona!
Day 3- The seeds are bulging nicely!
Seeds are starting to germinate! As you can see, the Seed Quilt has started to “puff up” a bit. Right on track!
Day 4- Bustin’ out!
Perfectly puffed & ripping through the paper top! Peel time for this variety is 5-6 days, so I am going to wait another day to peel. They are getting ready to bust out!
Day 5: Time to Peel & let these babies freeeee!
Definitely ready to peel the paper top now to give these microgreens the necessary airflow and light they need to continue growing strong! You can see most, if not all, clover seeds have germinated beautifully already! The color at this stage is a beautifully bright green with some golden yellow tones as well.
Day 6- Aww these are so lovely!! So vibrantly green and fluffy!
I love the dramatic change microgreens undergo a day after peeling the top off! The greens are now measuring about ½-1 inch tall & are super lush. I moved my tray near my succulent for an instagram-worthy picture, 😆 but typically we advise you to keep your grow trays away from other plants or fruit baskets as common molds can sometimes “hop over” onto your microgreens and we definitely don’t want that!
Day 7- These bright green beauties are growing up nicely!
The greens are now measuring just shy of 1.5 inches. It takes major constraint to not snack on them! They are also shedding their seed hulls nicely! Occasionally, I brush them with my clean hands to shake any stubborn seed shells off too. I weirdly love “petting” my clover microgreens, lol!
Day 8- Almost ready to harvest!
These are almost 2 inches now, which is perfect because Clover does not get much taller than that & that’s why these microgreens are so dense and cute!
Day 9- HARVEST DAY!!!
For me, these looked great on day 9. Bright green, soft plush leaves, and about 2 inches tall. Use this as a general rule of thumb as they will vary by season and your growing environment :)
Storing your Clover Microgreens:
These can be harvested at around 1.5-2 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! 😢
How to eat your Earthy Clover Microgreens:
Check out all of these other awesome recipes that incorporate these versatile Microgreens: https://www.hamama.com/search?type=article&q=clover
Just beware that this variety doesn’t grow up to 4 inches like some others. 1.5-2 inches is the perfect mature height for clover microgreens :)
Thanks for popping by Hamama Fam! 💚🌱 -Allie