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
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.*
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)