Florida MicroGreens pack a nutrient-rich punch
We are constantly bombarded with conflicting information about diet and nutrition and quite frankly, it is overwhelming and frustrating. One day something is good for you and the next day it isn’t. How do we know what we are eating is helping us, not harming us? Who has the time to sort through all the information? We want to be able to go about our daily routines and not worry about what we put in our mouths.
We at Florida MicroGreens took a hard look at these questions. We spent time looking at our own family and the different issues faced. We realized that the most basic lessons that shaped us as individuals were no longer being followed. We decided to do something to bring our family and friends back to the table, the way we remember tantalizing aromas wafting through the house from the kitchen. The kids would be running in and out. Friends would arrive with wine and bread to enjoy with dinner. The kitchen would soon fill with everyone taking on a different task to get that meal to the table. It was a team effort that ended with conversation and laughter while sharing the best food you could imagine, because it was prepared together with love.
How do we get back to the ways of former days with nutritious food that we can trust? After extensive research, we found microgreens to be part of the answer and some of the most nutrient rich foods that you can eat. What are microgreens? Microgreens are vegetables and herbs that are 7 – 14 days old. They are tiny flavor packed nutrient bundles of goodness. Carrots, peas, onions, cabbage, basil, cilantro, radish… the list is long.
Hopkins University and the University of Maryland studied microgreens and found them to be 4 to 40 times more nutrient dense than their adult counterparts. USDA researchers recently published a study of 25 different microgreens showing that they all possessed significantly higher nutrient densities than the bigger guys. Red cabbage microgreens, for example, have 6 times more vitamin C and 69 times more vitamin K than full grown cabbage. We found the results to be staggering. Why aren’t we eating more of these? Why don’t more people know about the incredible benefits of these tiny plants? How can the everyday person do this at home?
At Florida MicroGreens we developed ways to share microgreens with our community. We have come up with a new way to grow microgreens indoors, under LED lights that we make ourselves. We grow hydroponically using hemp grow mats, non-GMO organic seeds, and filtered water only. This provides you with some of the cleanest, nutrient rich food you can find. We have also created a home kit for the do-it-yourselfers out there wanting to grow their own microgreens.
Florida MicroGreens now offers boxes of living microgreens for preorder and pick up at 3 different locations around Lee County. Our microgreens are unclipped and still living when you receive them, ensuring that you get the healthiest, freshest, and longest lasting greens available. With a little bit of water, our microgreens will last 2 – 4 weeks in your refrigerator.
Visit FloridaMicrogreens.com to browse our selection of living microgreens, check out recipes developed with the help of local chefs, and get all the supplies you need to grow your own microgreens. In Cape Coral, you can visit the Back to Nature Organic Market on Tuesdays to pick up your orders. Alternatively, find us at Purple Spoon (Wednesdays) and Circle C Farm (Saturdays) both in Bonita Springs.