Micro Greens & Shoots

Big trend these days is super foods. You know that! Did you know that the smaller the plant - i.e. closer in size and time from seed germination to eating it, the more concentrated the nutrients? Yep, it makes sense. Each little seed has all the nutrition for the whole plant, so when we eat it as a small green, or a shoot, it is extra good for us. Extra pretty and tasty, too, these are micro greens.

Orca Eats is growing radish, pea and sunflower micros and shoots. You can grow them too, if you want to, and sprinkle them on everything, pack a sandwich with the green beauties, or make a salad or stir fry, top soups and rice and pasta and everything.

Usually grown in plastic plant seeding trays, it occurred to me that a shallow hotel pan is about the same size as a plastic tray, so that’s what I’m using. Clean, organic potting soil, soaked seeds are spread on the soil in the pan, kept covered for 2-3 days, then sit under lights all day, watered as necessary and enjoyed as soon as possible! They get big pretty fast! It’s only 5-6 days for radish sprouts! 7-8 days for pea sprouts and sunflower greens. I’m letting the peas get long so they are pea shoots, which are longer than micro greens. With all that effort it seems like a good thing to double the yield. I sound like a farmer, but I’m not really. I just follow instructions and have fun. You can too! This weekend the pea shoots will be on/in the Spicy Mushroom Noodle Soup. Maybe the Asian slaw, too, which is a side that comes with the potstickers. And cheesecake pudding for dessert. In a jar. Hope to see you at the farmers market on Saturday; it’s our only public day this week.

pea shoots

pea shoots

radish micro greens

radish micro greens

sunflower micro greens

sunflower micro greens