Meet Your Microgreens!

July 30, 2020 4 Comments

Meet Your Microgreens!

Meet Your Hamama Microgreens!

Are you curious about the flavors of our microgreens? Not sure what to try first? We got you covered! In this post, we share what to expect from each Seed Quilt & our recommended ways to care for and use each one!

We currently have microgreen broccoli, red cabbage, kale, fenugreek, wheatgrass, clover, wasabi mustard, daikon radish, super salad mix & zesty mix. All of our seeds are non-GMO and the following are organic too: Broccoli, Kale, Fenugreek, Clover, Wheatgrass, Daikon Radish, & Wasabi Mustard!

Microgreens tend to have more concentrated flavors, tender textures, vibrant color, and densely-packed nutrients than their mature counterparts.¹ They are generally rich in sources of vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene, and are low in oxalates (anti-nutrients).¹⁰ 

The information provided is not intended to replace the care from a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended as medical advice.

 

Here is a quick summary of our current offerings:

 

  1. Hearty Broccoli: Mild, fresh, & slightly bitter. Tastes similar to but is a bit milder than adult broccoli. These microgreens make a great addition or garnish to any dish because they compliment most flavors without overpowering them.
  2. Refreshing Cabbage: Mild, earthy & refreshing. These microgreens can be added to salads, sandwiches, & smoothies. They make really beautiful garnishes as well! These show-stopper microgreens elevate the look of any dish without altering the flavor much.
  3. Energizing Kale: Similar flavor as adult kale (or spinach), but slightly milder & sweeter with a slightly nutty aftertaste. These microgreens are perfect for adding to a salad, sandwich, smoothie, or for garnishing nearly any dish. You can even make micro kale chips!! 
  4. Fragrant Fenugreek: Uniquely bitter, spicy & nutty. They smell like maple syrup! These microgreens can be used fresh or dried & are typically used in Indian dishes. A pinch of dried fenugreek leaves in a curry or dal will add a perfect fragrant touch.
  5. Sweet Wheatgrass: Mild, sweet, & "grassy." Wheatgrass is truly a grass and therefore is quite fibrous. Thus, it is best for juicing, blending in smoothies, or drying into a powder. You can also share your wheatgrass with your cat if you are feeling generous! :D 
  6. Earthy Clover: Mild earthy, nutty, cool & juicy. Clover microgreens are very similar in taste & texture to Alfalfa! They are especially great as a sandwich or soup topper, and in wraps & salads. 
  7. Hot Wasabi Mustard: Bold, spicy, horseradish/ wasabi flavor. Starts off mild like kale and ends with a kick [don’t worry, it doesn’t linger]. The spiciness stimulates the nose more than the tongue. These microgreens are  especially great in Asian & Southern cuisines but can be added to anything for a spicy kick! You can eat them straight up to clear your sinuses too :D  
  8. Spicy Daikon Radish: Strong, peppery & spicy, much like it’s mature counterpart. These microgreens are perfect for adding spice to any meal! Great with Latin and Asian cuisines and in salads, sandwiches, & tacos.
  9. Super Salad Mix: Our Super Salad Mix includes broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and cabbage. It is a lovely mix of sweet, mild, and subtly peppery (arugula) greens. Garnish any meals for a harmonious combination of colors & flavors. These microgreens are awesome on their own for snacking too!
  10. Zesty Mix: Our Zesty Mix includes broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, mustard, and cabbage. It is a bolder mix of sweet, peppery, & mildly spicy greens. Garnish any meals for some zest! These microgreens are super tasty on their own for snacking too! 

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Hearty Broccoli

 

PEEL TIME: 4-5 Days                                GROW TIME: 10 Days

Broccoli’s flavor can be described as mild, fresh, & slightly bitter. It tastes similar to adult broccoli but is a bit milder! These microgreens make a great addition or garnish to any dish because they compliment most flavors without overpowering them. Broccoli Micros tend to be a richer green color than most other varieties 💚

Try them on top of pizza, soup, eggs, stir fry & pasta or toss them in a salad, wrap, or smoothie! Some of our favorite recipes include Mushroom Spinach Risotto, Broccoli Power Slaw, and Green Power Smoothie.

 

Broccoli microgreens are high in iron, minerals, & Vitamins A and C.

They are also rich in carotenoids, phenolics, minerals, and vitamins (antioxidants / cancer-fighting properties.

One would need to eat ca. 42% less mass of microgreens to obtain the same amount of minerals present in a serving of raw broccoli florets!²

 

Recipes: Hamama Broccoli Micro Recipes 

Growing Diary: Hearty Broccoli Growing Diary

Facebook Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

More from our Blog: How to Diversify Food Systems with Broccoli Microgreens

 

Refreshing Cabbage

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                              GROW TIME: 10 Days

 

Cabbage is mild, earthy & refreshing. These microgreens can be added to salads, sandwiches, & smoothies. They make really beautiful garnishes as well! These show-stopper microgreens elevate the look of any dish without altering the flavor much. Their dark green leaves are lined with a beautiful deep purple color. The stems are a vibrant purple too!

They can be added to salads, sandwiches, & smoothies. Some of our favorite ways to use them include our Cherry Berry Blast Cabbage Smoothie, Vegan Style Pad Woon Sen and Tostadas Florentinas.

Cabbage microgreens are known to be rich in carotenoids, phenolics, minerals, and vitamins (antioxidants / cancer-fighting properties).

They are also high in Calcium and Vitamin C and they help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

 

Recipes: Hamama Cabbage Micro Recipes

Growing Diary: Refreshing Cabbage Growing Diary 

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

More from our Blog: Red Cabbage Microgreens Lower LDL Cholesterol

 

Energizing Kale

 

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                               GROW TIME: 10 Days

Our Energizing Kale microgreens have a similar flavor to adult Kale (or spinach), but slightly milder & sweeter with a subtle nutty aftertaste. These microgreens are perfect for adding to a salad, sandwich, smoothie, or for garnishing nearly any dish. You can even make micro kale chips!!

They have white stems with hints of pink and purple, and bold & bright green leaves!

Some of our favorite recipes include Smoked Sausage & Kale Soup, Micro Kale Falafel, and Braised Kale & Yellow Grits!

Kale is one of the world’s leading sources of vitamin K. It is also a great source of Vitamin C!¹²

Research has indicated that Brassica microgreens, which include kale, may be an especially good source of antioxidant vitamins and the minerals potassium and calcium.

They even contain compounds that may protect against cancer!

 

Recipes: Hamama Kale Micro Recipes 

Growing Diary: Kale Growing Diary

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

 

Fragrant Fenugreek

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                                GROW TIME: 10 Days

Our Fragrant Fenugreek is uniquely bitter, spicy & nutty. They have a wonderful maple syrup smell! 

These microgreens can be used fresh or dried and are typically used in Indian dishes. A pinch of dried fenugreek leaves in a curry or dal will add a perfect fragrant touch.

The hulls of seeds remain intact while growing and provide a slight crunch unless removed with a little rinse and shake.

Visually Fenugreek is a little different than our other microgreens. They have thicker stems and big leaves, and are slightly yellow in color!

Some of our favorite recipes include Fenugreek Lamb Stew, King Oyster Buckwheat Noodle Fry, and Micro Fenugreek Chicken Salad!

Fun fact: Sotolon is the chemical responsible for the distinctive maple syrup smell of fenugreek!


Fenugreek has been used in a number of geographical regions worldwide as galactagogues to increase milk supply in nursing mothers.   

 

Recipes: Hamama Fenugreek Micro Recipes

Growing Diary: Fragrant Fenugreek Growing Diary 

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

More from our Blog: 3 Amazing Uses for Fenugreek! 

 

Sweet Wheatgrass

PEEL TIME: 3-4 Days                                            GROW TIME: 10-12 Days

Sweet wheatgrass is mild, sweet, & "grassy". Wheatgrass is truly a grass and therefore is quite fibrous! Because of this we recommend using it for juicing, blending in smoothies, or drying into a powder. 

You can also share your wheatgrass with your cat if you are feeling generous! :D 

Wheatgrass can get very tall and displays a vibrant / bright green color! It is also our only green that may give you a second harvest - so cool!

You can use it to make Wheatgrass powder, Homegrown Wheatgrass Sorbet, and Wheatgrass & Nectarine Lemonade!

Wheatgrass is a source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.


The 3 most therapeutic benefits of wheatgrass are blood purification, liver detoxification, & colon cleansing. It chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants, enhances immunity, & restores energy and vitality.

 

Growing Diary: Sweet Wheatgrass Growing Diary

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

More from our Blog: How to Grow Wheatgrass at Home the Foolproof Way

 

Earthy Clover

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                        GROW TIME: 8-10 Days

Clover microgreens are mild, earthy, nutty, cool & juicy. Clover microgreens are very similar in taste & texture to Alfalfa! They are especially great as a sandwich or soup topper, and in wraps & salads. 

They grow to be very tender, plush, dense and short - peaking at about 1.5-2 inches!

Our favorite ways to use them include in a Super Salad with Earthy Clover & Maple Balsamic Dressing, Earthy Clover Black Bean Salad, and Grilled Chicken Clover Salad.

 

 

Recipes: Hamama Clover Micro Recipes 

Growing Diaries: Earthy Clover Growing Diary

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

 

Hot Wasabi Mustard

 

PEEL TIME: 5-7 Days                                  GROW TIME: 10 Days

Hot Wasabi mustard greens have a bold, spicy, horseradish/wasabi flavor. They start off mild like kale and end with a kick [don’t worry, it doesn’t linger]! The spiciness stimulates the nose more than the tongue

These microgreens are especially great in Asian & Southern cuisines but can be added to anything for a spicy kick! You can eat them straight up to clear your sinuses too :D 

They’re crisp, succulent, and semi-chewy with pale green stems and bright green heart-shaped leaves. Aww 💚

Some standout recipes we recommend include a Hot Wasabi Mustard Sandwich, Hot Wasabi-Kick California Wrap, and Mustard Microgreen Crispy Chickpeas!

Mustard microgreens contain high levels of antioxidants, are high in fiber, and can help detoxify your liver and blood.

They are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.³
and contain compounds that may protect against cancer! 

 

Recipes: Hamama Wasabi Mustard Micro Recipes

Growing Diary: Hot Wasabi Mustard Growing Diary

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying! 

 

Spicy Daikon Radish

PEEL TIME: 4-5 Days                                                  GROW TIME: 7 Days

Daikon Radish greens are strong, peppery & spicy, much like it’s mature counterpart. These microgreens are perfect for adding spice to any meal! Great with Latin and Asian cuisines and in salads, sandwiches, & tacos. 

They are juicy, crisp and tender with large green leaves with white stems. They grow up fast, dense, and tall! 

Some of our favorite ways to eat them include Sticky Sesame Ginger Chicken Meatballs, Fragrant Chicken Thighs and Rice With Peanut Sauce, and Spicy Radish Curry Noodles!

Radish microgreens contain compounds that may protect against cancer.

They have high concentrations of ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phylloquinone, and tocopherols.
They contain vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, they also deliver calcium iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

 

Recipes: Hamama Daikon Radish Micro Recipes

Growing Diary: Spicy Daikon Radish Growing Diary 

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

 

 

Super Salad Mix

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                 GROW TIME: 10 Days

Our Super Salad Mix includes broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and cabbage. It is a lovely mix of sweet, mild, and subtly peppery (arugula) greens. Garnish any meals for a harmonious combination of colors & flavors. These microgreens are awesome on their own for snacking too!

They are tender, juicy and have slightly varying heights & colors due to the different varieties. Beautiful mix of purple and greens! 

Some standout recipes that we recommend include Super Salad Pesto Pasta, Super Salad Carnitas Burrito Bowl, and Vegetarian Buffalo Chickpea Tacos!

Microgreens in the Brassicaceae family contain compounds that may protect against cancer.

Kohlrabi - Research shows that the phytochemical content of kohlrabi aids in fending off cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol while improving liver and kidney function! It is also one of the top Vitamin C foods & is high in iron!

Arugula - Micro Arugula contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, calcium, iron, potassium, antioxidants, magnesium, and phosphorus.³

 

Recipes: Hamama Super Salad Micro Recipes 

Growing Diaries: Super Salad Mix Growing Diary

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying!

 

Zesty Mix

PEEL TIME: 5-6 Days                                 GROW TIME: 10 Days 

Our Zesty Mix includes broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, mustard, and cabbage. It is a bolder mix of sweet, peppery, & mildly spicy greens. Garnish any meals like pizza, soups or pasta, or toss in salads, wraps, & sandwiches for a fun mix of colors, flavors & nutrition. Adds a zesty kick! Awesome on their own for snacking too :D 

 Similar to our Super Salad mix these greens are tender, juicy and have slightly varying heights & colors due to the different varieties. Beautiful mix of purple and greens! 

 You can use your zesty mix to make Loaded Steak & Potato Salad, Zesty Curry Ramen, and Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza!

 

Microgreens in the Brassicaceae family contain compounds that may protect against cancer.

Kohlrabi - Research shows that the phytochemical content of kohlrabi aids in fending off cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol while improving liver and kidney function! It is also one of the top Vitamin C foods & is high in iron!¹¹


Mustard- Contain high levels of antioxidants, are high in fiber, Vitamin K, B6, A, C, & E and can help detoxify your liver and blood.³ 

 

Recipes: Hamama Zesty Mix Mico Recipes  

Growing Diaries: Zesty Mix Growing Diary 

Hamama Friends: What Hamama Friends are saying! 

 

Sources:

  1. Manjula D.Ghoora, Dandamudi RajeshBabu, N. Srividya. “Nutrient composition, oxalate content and nutritional ranking of ten culinary microgreens.” Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Volume 91, August 2020, 103495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2020.103495
  2. Weber, Carolyn F. “Broccoli Microgreens: A Mineral-Rich Crop That Can Diversify Food Systems.” Frontiers in nutrition vol. 4 7. 23 Mar. 2017, doi:10.3389/fnut.2017.00007
  3. Lester, Gene & Xiao, Zhenlei & Luo, Yaguang & Wang, Qin. (2013). Microgreens: Assessment of Nutrient Concentrations. 
  4. Ellen R. Turner  Yaguang Luo  Robert L. Buchanan.  Microgreen nutrition, food safety, and shelf life: A review. March 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.15049
  5. Ramirez D, Abellán-Victorio A, Beretta V, Camargo A, Moreno DA. Functional Ingredients From Brassicaceae Species: Overview and Perspectives. Int J Mol Sci. 2020;21(6):1998. Published 2020 Mar 15. doi:10.3390/ijms21061998
  6. Agric. Food Chem. 2016, 64, 48, 9161–9171. Publication Date: November 12, 2016 https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.6b03805
  7. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis in 2016.—by Sharon Durham, ARS Office of Communications. https://agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov/2017/apr/microgreens/#printdiv
  8. Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2006-. Fenugreek. [Updated 2020 Jul 20]. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK501779/
  9. Mogra Renu, Rathi Preeti. Health benefits of wheatgrass – A wonder food. Vol. 2, Iss. 4, Page 10-13.  2013
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4 Responses

Allie Hamama
Allie Hamama

August 11, 2020

Hi Michelle! Welcome to the Hamama fam :)

The best harvesting practice is to cut (or pull up) all of the mature microgreens & then store what you don’t eat right away in the fridge in a baggie (like the Stasher bag). They’ll last up to 10 days like that!

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 a bit of water in the tray to drink! Otherwise, they will prematurely wilt over. The greens may develop a slightly more bitter taste & fibrous texture if you don’t harvest them within 2 weeks.

Hope this helps- Reach out to us at contact@hamama.com anytime with more questions! -Allie :)

Michelle
Michelle

August 11, 2020

Hi, I just received my grow kit, super excited. My first grow is the Super Salad. Once harvest, what’s the best way to store them? And how long will they last.
Thank you so much! 😊

Allie Hamama
Allie Hamama

August 06, 2020

Hi Nancy! The “grow time” is the total time from when you plant your Seed Quilt! The Wheatgrass should be ready to peel in 3-4 days, then will need an additional 6-9 days to finish growing :D You can follow along with our Wheatgrass growing diary here: https://www.hamama.com/blogs/hamama-blog/diary-of-a-sweet-wheatgrass-microgreen

Happy growing! -Allie

Nancy
Nancy

August 06, 2020

Hello
growing my first seed pod in Wheatgrass. Does the grow time start after the peel time or is it inclusive?

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