Hey, everyone. Steve Szudera here from Tabletop Farmer. We’re coming to you from where it all started 38 years ago and it’s looking a little greener. The last time we were out here, all there was was stubble. Today I want to talk a little bit about what are the best plants to grow as microgreen.
A couple of days ago we talked about what are microgreens. With that being said, talking about the best plants to grow, I went and I actually Googled it, just to find out what the recommendations were, what people were talking about.
They’re talking about lettuce, kale, spinach, radish, beet, watercress, herbs, and greens. From that, I know that sunflowers are very popular, for whatever reason. They grow quick, they probably germinate and sprout within seven to that 14 day window. The two leaves come out, and you can harvest them and you can use them in a variety of reasons.
The other one that’s really popular that I know of are pea shoots. There’s a lot of things being talked out there about sprouting, eating pea sprouts. What I’ve been finding on that is there’s a lot of mold issues with that. There’s a lot of danger zones, and we can eliminate a lot of that with the microgreens, by growing the microgreens.
The other thing is radishes, and those three things, sunflowers, peas, and radishes, are some of the ones I’ve been finding that go probably the quickest at the farmer’s markets. The radishes are used to garnish salads, the peas are used for smoothies along with the sunflowers, and then you can eat them whole, too, as far as that goes. That is just a few among the plants that are used to grow as microgreens.
Now, where I’m standing, there’s one more crop, too, and it’s one of those Pulse Crops. We talked a little bit about the peas, and this is a lentil field. There are lots of lentils out here. As you can see, we’re already past what it would be to harvest as a microgreen because these have actually been up for … They’re probably up a little over 14 days, I’m guessing. They’re probably 16, 17 days these have been up.
They’re actually looking pretty good. We’ve been getting some rains in the area and so who knows where it’s going to go, but it’s interesting that one of the microgreen crops that you can raise in a microgreen farming situation, or a microgreen growing chamber, or however we’re going to do that and we’re going to address a lot more.
We have a lot more coming for you about the nutrient value and we’re going to be talking a lot about how we’re going to be building that, why it’s so important, where it comes from, but it’s interesting standing out here in a lentil field and thinking that the lentils are actually one of the crops that’s used to grow microgreens.
With that, comment on this video, maybe share some of the crops or some of the plants that you grow or that you like growing as microgreens. Share some of the successes you’ve had with it. Share some of the stress or some of the failures that you’ve had with it, and we’ll talk about those. With that, thanks for watching and keep growing microgreens. Steve Szudera from Tabletop Farmer.
So today I want to talk to you a little bit about what are microgreens. Now behind me is the Memorial Day 2019 garden that we started up here in central North Dakota over Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of what is growing in there that you can grow as microgreens. And just yesterday there was a newspaper article that came out and this is probably going to be backward because of the way the camera is set up, but it talks about microgreens, a tiny nutritional, easy to grow crop all year long. So you know if you're enjoying a garden in the spring and then it ends at the end of the year, a lot of what you enjoy in that garden can be grown as microgreens.
Now, what are microgreens? So if we look at it, if we look at when that plant germinates, the first thing that comes out of course is the root and it comes out and attaches to the soil or to the media or whatever the case may be for nourishment to that plant. Then from there comes out what we call the coleoptile, and that's the first sprout that comes out of the plant.
From there comes the cotyledon. And the cotyledon is what produces the first two leaves, generally, on most plants. So they sprout in seven to 14 days. Some of the plants up to 21 days can be harvested at that point and that is called a microgreen and that is known as the most nutritious part of the growing of that plant because that is the beginning of it when it's grabbing everything it can for resources to start and to grow and so that's why there's such nourishment in that plant.
So microgreens are being grown, they're being distributed in farmer's markets. There's restaurants being used, they're used to garnish salads, they're used for smoothies, they're used just to munch on, but it's getting to be an increasing popular crop. Everyday I learn more about microgreens and the benefits of them and the expansion of it.
Now there's another side to it as well. There's a business side to the microgreen market. I ran into an article not very long ago that talked about microgreens, it's actually the highest priced legal crop that can be grown and it can be grown upwards of $25 a pound, marketed in stores and markets, restaurants, places like that.
So microgreen is a pretty exciting crop and we're going to be talking a lot more about it. We're going to have a lot of information coming forth about microgreens. We're going to be teaching you down the road all about it. In the research I've been doing, I've been watching a lot of how it's grown. I'll just say that and it's kind of interesting. I'm a farmer of over 40 years and I've grown a lot of crops, and I have a method to growing and so I look at how some of these microgreens are being grown.
I was just on the phone this morning with some of the people that I concur with through the Soil Health Academy and so on, and we were talking a little bit about the nutrient density that's produced in these microgreens. I'm going to teach you and show you through some of these videos I'll be making for you about how that's attained through and why there's such nutrient density, how there can be greater nutrient density and maybe not so much. And so we're going to go through and visit that.
So with that, growing microgreens, it's an interesting crop and we're going to have a lot of fun learning more about it. So come join us, leave us a comment at the bottom of the page here, and if you're seeing this on YouTube or on our blog or on our Facebook page, leave us a comment and tell us a little bit about what you know about microgreens and what you'd like to learn. And we will do some more research on that and we'll have videos for it. So with that, thanks for watching.
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