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Microgreens Found To Have Higher Concentrations Of Micronutrients Than Mature Plants

August 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Many of the currently trendy seedlings – known as microgreens – of green vegetables and herbs are actually more nutritious than the mature versions, according to U.S. research. Microgreens have gained popularity in recent years, a culinary trend that has blossomed in many upscale markets and restaurants. Seedlings of spinach, lettuce, red cabbage and other vegetables are usually one to three inches tall and harvested 14 days after germination. The researchers found that microgreens generally have higher concentrations of healthful vitamins and carotenoids than their mature counterparts.
Zhenlei Xiao et al., "Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, August 29, 2012, © American Chemical Society
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