One of the first things that Kyle from Blanrock Farm will tell you is that he produces microgreens – not sprouts. There is plenty of dialogue to be found if you simply google microgreens vs sprouts (see a summary of the differences below). What Kyle can tell you is that he is committed to producing and consuming microgreens – and excited about providing them to Tucson CSA! Here is what Kyle has to say:
Blanrock Farm is located on the Northwest side of Tucson. My wife Rachel and I have very strong family values and strive to provide high quality Microgreens to our local Tucson area, where we were raised and proudly call home. Here at Blanrock Farm we’ve always enjoyed outdoor gardening. We eventually transitioned to indoor controlled growing. My family absolutely loves and eats our Microgreens almost daily.
Microgreens are packed full of amazing flavor with high vitamin and nutrient contents upwards 40% more than the mature counterpart. They also contain wonderful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The temperature, humidity and light controlled environment indoors gives us the capability of growing healthy and sustained edible vegetables, flowers or herbs, year-round.
- Microgreens are the growth stage between sprouts and baby greens.
- Microgreens can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Simply add them to your sandwich, favorite meat dish, stir fry and soup.
- Or easily just eat them by themselves as a quick snack or fresh salad.
- All varieties are organic and non-GMO.
We will be getting Radish, Sunflower and Speckled Pea to try in our CSA Shop the next two weeks. Let us know what you think! We would love to be able to provide shares of microgreens again, soon.
And FYI: Here are some of the differences between microgreens and sprouts:
- Microgreens are grown in soil; sprouts germinate in water
- The leaves and stems of microgreens can be eaten; the “stem” and seed of sprouts can be eaten
- Microgreens take around one to three weeks to grow, depending on the variety; sprouts take under a week to grow
- Microgreens are packed with flavor and are often used as garnishes; sprouts are great for crunch
Hopefully, this helps to dispel some misconceptions and confusion regarding microgreens and sprouts.