Microgreens vs Sprouts

June 24, 2020 4 Comments

Microgreens vs Sprouts

 

Have you ever wondered about the difference between Sprouts and Microgreens? Read on to learn more! 

 

Sprouts & Microgreens may look similar, but they are actually slightly different stages of a plant's life! 🌱

 

 

 

What are Sprouts?

Sprouts are the beginning of growth! A sprout is produced when a seed starts its journey of growing into adulthood.  Imagine this - every floret of broccoli you eat comes from a mature head of broccoli that was once just a little seed that became a little sprout!  There are many seeds that when grown to the sprout stage are tasty and healthy! The sprout stage is the 2-4 days of growth after germination. The seed stores the nutrients for the plant to begin development of its roots, stem and cotyledons (the first leaves to appear from a germinating seed!). We usually can’t see the sprout stage when plants are grown in soil of course, but if you grow them at home in a jar with water, you get to witness this stage of life!  With Hamama Seed Quilts, the sprout stage happens underneath the Seed Quilt cover.  So if you peek through the slightly opaque cover you can get a glimpse (See Sean's photos below)!

 

Photo from The Plan Riot 

 Photo from MRSIRAPHOL - FREEPIK.com

 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 Photos taken by: Hamama Friends group member, Sean Goodman

 

What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are the intermediate stage between sprouts and baby greens and they grow in about 7-14 days. They will have formed the cotyledons and sometimes even their first set of true leaves, unlike sprouts. Microgreens are usually grown in higher light conditions with lower humidity, either in soil or a hydroponic growing pad (like Hamama Seed Quilts)! Because microgreens are grown in a medium and not directly soaking in water, microgreens are less susceptible to bacterial contamination than sprouts.* Also, microgreens are often considered to offer more developed flavor and texture than sprouts.*

*Ebert, Andreas. “Sprouts, microgreens, and edible flowers.” 2012. PDF File.

 

 

Here at Hamama, we test all our microgreen seeds for the common strains like e Coli and salmonella and of course, they must pass in order to be packaged into our Seed Quilts. Our growing process is also specifically designed with safety in mind! The seeds are never soaking in water, unlike sprouts, but rather the Seed Quilt wicks up water from below as needed. Our coconut fiber mat is also great for airflow around the roots which is the best way to combat the growth of the "bad stuff"!

Just like sprouts, microgreens can easily be grown at home, in containers on a windowsill. An especially fun thing to do with microgreens is to grow several varieties together to create unique combinations of tastes, textures, and colors (Like Hamama’s Super Salad & Zesty Mix seed quilts)! 

Microgreens are concentrated with a diverse set of vitamins and antioxidants and fiber. Nutrient levels in different microgreens vary, but they typically have higher levels per gram of vitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids (plant compounds, some used to make vitamin A and others help maintain eye health) than mature crops.* 

*Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2016 64 (48), 9161-9171

 
 
Photo taken by: Allison Riebe (Hamama Happiness Team Member)

 

Simply put, sprouts are the newly germinated seeds while microgreens are 1-2 weeks old.

Both fun to grow and eat!! 🌺🌿

  

Hamama offers microgreen broccoli, red cabbage, radish, super salad mix, wheatgrass, zesty mix, kale, clover, fenugreek & wasabi mustard! 🌱 

*The Super Salad Mix is broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and cabbage. The Zesty Mix is the same but with mustard instead of cauliflower!

Broccoli– Mild, crunchy, dense, slightly bitter

Clover– Mild earthy, nutty, crunchy, juicy. Similar to Alfalfa!

Kale– Mild, subtly sweet, broccoli-like taste

Radish– Strong, Peppery, Spicy

Wheatgrass– Mild, sweet, "grassy."

Fenugreek- Subtle bitter taste, mild spicy, nutty

Cabbage- Mild, earthy, slight sweet, juicy

Cauliflower (In our salad mix)– Mild, peppery

Kohlrabi (In our salad mix)– Mild, sweet

Mustard (In our zesty mix)– Sweet, mildly spicy, zesty

Wasabi/Mustard- Slightly Bitter, Spicy, Zesty (Great in Southern & Asian cuisines)


 Don’t miss out on the fun! You get everything you need to start growing your own fresh greens at home with our Starter Kit, found on our Shop Page. Can’t wait to start growing with you! 🌱



4 Responses

Allie Hamama
Allie Hamama

August 10, 2020

Hi Deb! Great question :D Sure! If you would like to grow multiple varieties in 1 tray at the same time, you could carefully cut the Seed Quilt in quarters, thirds or halves and just grow those out together in one tray. Just be sure to plant them at the same time because water levels vary throughout the growth cycle. As for drying your wasabi greens – I haven’t tried it yet but this would be a fun thing to test out! :D I have only tried this with wheatgrass – 1 quilt yields about 1-2 TBS of powder.

Allie Hamama
Allie Hamama

August 10, 2020

Hi Catherine!

The total grow time varies just slightly depending on what variety of microgreen you are growing, but typically the time between planting and harvesting (eating) is 7-10 days! :D -Allie

deb
deb

August 10, 2020

2 questions: Can I cut a quilt in half & grow 2 different quilts at the same time in my ceramic tray? And 2nd question, I have the wasabi – can I dry the ready to harvest growth? I guess it would take a lot to gather enough to make a paste for wasabi paste, huh…

catherine olds
catherine olds

July 14, 2020

so is the time between planting and ready to eat two weeks? thx

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