After seeing how the NY Attorney General exposed some of the health supplements I've been buying as containing 0% DNA
of what is on the label, I decided to just try to eat better.
I've never been much of a vegetable lover so when I saw that Microgreens have recently been discovered
to possess as much as 40X the vital nutrients of the mature plant, I tried growing some for myself.
Here is some data on Sunflower Microgreens from renowned herbalist Isabel Shipard:
phytosterols, oils include linoleic acid, 60% and oleic acid 30%, coenzyme Q 10, saponins, albumin, lecithin, betaine, quercimetrin,
tannins, sesquiterpenes, pectin, lignans, protein 24-30% with 8 essential amino acids (amino acid score 81, moderately low in lysine)
A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, B15, C, D, E, F, H, K, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA
calcium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, sulphur, zinc
anti-inflammatory, antifatigue, antimicrobial, antioxidant, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, hypolipidemic, nutritive, tonic
I grew some Lentils first and they grew well. I harvested them 11 days after planting the sprouted Lentils.
Then I tried some Sunflowers and Wow! I really love the taste of these.
They are sooo juicy & succulent.
I harvested half the tray on day 7 and they made a couple of salads & a big smoothie, with enough left to let my chickens sample them.
Today is day 10 and the "real" leaves are developing. It is said that they can become fibrous after this point but these are still very tender.
5 days ago I planted a 5 foot patch directly in the ground in the chicken's paddock and put a ring of 1" chicken wire around it.
Most microgreen growers are growing indoors in climate controlled conditions.
I'm in Central Florida and I'm growing outdoors, so I would have a harder time with Lettuce or Spinach Microgreens but Sunflowers like the heat.
I've got the various sources for the nutritional info listed on my Microgreens website.