USDA researchers recently published a study* assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available mucrogreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants. Just a few inches tall, they boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but what about their nutritional content? We’ve known that baby spinach, for example, have higher levels of phytonutrients than mature spinach leaves, but what about really baby spinach, just a week or two old?
Microgreens won hands down, possessing significantly higher nutrient densities than mature leaves.
For example, red cabbage microgreens have a 6-fold higher vitamin C concentration than mature cabbage, and 69 times the vitimin K.
*Assessment of vitamin and carotenoid concentrations of emerging food products: