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Growing microgreens in homes

Beginners interested in gardening and individuals interested in putting additional efforts towards healthy eating can try their hands with microgreens.  

Madurai

With just a small bowl, some soil, coco coir and readily available kitchen ingredients like mustards, fenugreeks or green grams, one can start their journey of growing microgreens, in their homes. These are nothing but young greens that can be harvested within one or two weeks of sowing seeds and used as nutritional garnishes for foods. Beginners interested in gardening and individuals interested in putting additional efforts towards healthy eating can try their hands with microgreens, say experts.

Archana Deiva, an experienced terrace gardener from the city, says, “Microgreens are quicker and easier to grow. In simple terms, they are just plants harvested in their first or second week of growth. Seeds available in our kitchen like mustards, fenugreek or wheat can be grown in small bowls or containers, with soil and manure of your choice. Once they grow for about 2-3 inches, they can be cut using scissors and used as garnishes for food like sandwiches or salads.” Watering usually needs to be done once or twice in a day, in the form of spraying and they can be kept indoors as they are shade-tolerant.

A. Aravindhan from SweetNSpicy Microgreens that has been making different varieties of microgreens available in the market says that beginners would enjoy harvesting microgreens that come with different flavours.

“Most people quit gardening when they do not get results in a month or so. With microgreens, the job is easier. Most varieties can be grown in 5-10 days. Some of them are extra flavourful. Beginners can try their hand with sweet and tasty ones like sweet corn and coriander. They can even go for wheat grass from which a healthy juice can be made.” If one does not have the time to buy things like vermicompost or coco coir for boosting leaf growth, they can even use Themor karaisal, a mixture of fermented buttermilk and coconut milk for about 5-6 days, he suggests.

Mr. Aravindhan also tells that while microgreens are already popular among health-conscious people and fitness enthusiasts in cities like Chennai and Bengaluru, people in Madurai are slowly showing interest towards it.

Nutritionists believe that microgreens are also dense in nutritional value. V. Suganya, Senior Clinical Dietician at the Apollo Hospital, Madurai, says, “If they are homegrown, they are going to be fresh and that is an advantage on any given day. When eaten raw, they are very nutritious, just like sprouts. They can be used as a garnish to add taste and nutritional value to some food varieties.”


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