The History of Microgreens

These days, most people know or have heard of microgreens as they have gained immense popularity in recent years. These miniature plants are harvested when they are just a few inches tall, making them perfect for adding a burst of flavor and color to a wide range of dishes.

But where did microgreens come from, and how did they become such a staple in modern cuisine? 

The Origins of Microgreens

While microgreens may seem like a recent food trend, the truth is that they have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Roman texts all describe the practice of growing and eating small, young plants. These early civilizations recognized the health benefits of eating fresh greens, and many of them used microgreens as a way to supplement their diets during the winter months.

However, it wasn't until the 1980s that microgreens became more widely recognized as a culinary ingredient. In California, chefs like Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck began incorporating these tiny greens into their dishes, and soon, other chefs around the country followed suit. In the early days, microgreens were primarily grown for high-end restaurants, where they were used as a garnish or accent on top of dishes.

The Rise of Microgreens

Over time, the popularity of microgreens continued to grow, and more and more people began experimenting with growing their own. One of the reasons for this was the rise of the local food movement, which emphasized the importance of fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Microgreens were a perfect fit for this movement, as they could be grown in small spaces, and could be harvested quickly and easily.

Today, microgreens are grown and sold all over the world, and they are used in everything from salads and sandwiches to smoothies and juices. They come in a wide range of flavors and colors, including spicy radish, sweet pea, and tangy sorrel. They are small and delicate yet add an amazing flavour to meals and are the perfect garnish. 

The Future of Microgreens

As technology advances, it's possible that we will see new varieties of microgreens developed, with even more unique flavors and colors. Researchers are experimenting with using LED lights and other innovations to optimise the growth of microgreens, and it's likely that we will see even more exciting developments in the years to come.

As interest in healthy eating and plant-based diets continues to grow, it's likely that microgreens will remain a popular ingredient. They offer a convenient way to add a burst of flavor and nutrition to any dish, and they are easy to grow at home, even for people with limited space or gardening experience.

We can't wait to see what becomes of the microgreens space, and are thrilled to be part of it. We're so excited to bring you along in our journey as we delve into innovative methods for cultivating these nutritional powerhouses more efficiently and effectively at home.  Given their growing popularity, we predict that microgreens are here to stay and become a crucial part of our diets for years to come, and we're excited to be on this journey with you!

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