Microgreens: How to Grow Nature's Own Superfood

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Microgreens are the first true leaves of herbs and vegetables — and today's hottest gourmet garnish.

Microgreens is a practical guide to growing arugula and other popular mini-greens that offer a multitude of colors, textures and distinct flavors, as well as high levels of concentrated active compounds. Microgreens pack a powerful nutritional punch, are easily grown in containers as small as a bowl and can be ready to harvest in a week, giving ...

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Overview

Microgreens are the first true leaves of herbs and vegetables — and today's hottest gourmet garnish.

Microgreens is a practical guide to growing arugula and other popular mini-greens that offer a multitude of colors, textures and distinct flavors, as well as high levels of concentrated active compounds. Microgreens pack a powerful nutritional punch, are easily grown in containers as small as a bowl and can be ready to harvest in a week, giving quick rewards for the effort.

Fionna Hill offers expert guidance on successfully growing, harvesting and preparing the 20 most popular microgreens, including arugula, beet, kale, radish, wheatgrass and basil. Her comprehensive instructions explain which containers and growing media to use, how to prepare and sow the seeds, when and how to harvest and how best to store the bounty.

The book also includes 15 easy recipes that make the most of microgreens, including:

  • Raw energy salad
  • Spicy Asian salad
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Curry vinaigrette
  • Frittata

Microgreens brings fresh, nutritional gourmet produce to the dinner table and is as an ideal choice for health-conscious home cooks and those following a 50-mile diet.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Donna Seaman
Microgreens are superfoods you can grow at home. Hill explains all in this beautifully illustrated how-to... Hill, a lively advocate for these pretty little superfoods, covers every aspect of microgreen cultivation, preparation, and consumption, offering thorough instructions, helpful tips, and precise trouble-shooting... This comprehensive microgreen handbook will be a revelation for everyone who enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients, indoor gardening, and eating locally, sustainably, and healthily.
Food and Drink Books in Review, Gothic Epicures - Dean Tudor
It's a wonder that this is one of the first books about microgreens, the tiny seedlings of herbs and veggies, since they have been on cooks' radar for over five years.
National Garden Clubs
A highly delicious gourmet treat, microgreens are the tiny seedlings of herbs and vegetables that pack a wallop of nutrition in a tiny, tasty form... Fiona Hill speaks enthusiastically about the potential of growing these in a limited garden space, such as in a container on a windowsill. Saying that microgreens offer the opportunity for a variety of colors, flavors, and textures in table food, she points out that these are fun activities for teaching children how to garden. Along with instructions on how to grow microgreens in the garden or containers, she provides a list of seed resources, including those in the U.S., and offers a variety of recipes for these tiny seedlings.
Texas Gardener's Seeds - William Scheick
Well-produced, richly illustrated.
Villages Daily Sun (Orlando) - Nara Schoenberg
Offers instructions for beginners who want to go "micro" in the comfort of their own homes.
Grand Magazine
Microgreens just might be the ticket for garden fans longing for spring.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Marilyn K. Alaimo
Microgreens, a highly delicious gourmet treat, are the tiny seedlings of herbs and vegetables that pack a wallop of nutrition in a tiny, tasty form. Larger in size than sprouts, microgreens are the next stage of plant growth with at least two "true" leaves. Grown at home, microgreens are superbly fresh when harvested. New Zealand floral designer Fionna Hill speaks enthusiastically about the potential of raising these in a limited garden space, such as in a container on a windowsill. Saying that microgreens offer the opportunity for a variety of colors, flavors, and textures in table food, she points out that these are fun activities for teaching children how to garden. Along with instructions on how to grow microgreens in the garden or containers, she provides a list of seed resources, including those in the U.S., and offers a variety of recipes for these tiny seedlings.
Scripps Howard News Service - Maureen Gilmer
This is the best idea for apartment dwellers, renters and urbanites since the invention of the alfalfa sprout.
Taste for Life - Lisa Fabian and Emily Bragoner
Fresh food fanatics will delight in this easy-to-use guide to growing micro greens — the first leaves of herbs and veggies. These superfoods full of vitamins and nutrients add color, texture and a range of flavors to any meal. Ready to eat within a week, microgreens will give new meaning to your home garden when you learn how to plant, harvest and store 20 varieties — everything from arugula and kale to broccoli and basil.
Washington Gardener - Edna Troiano
The ease and speed of gardening and the superior nutrition of the crops will persuade you to give microgardening a try, and the gorgeous photographs will make the learning process a pleasure.
Library Journal
Hill's enthusiasm for microgreens, "plants raised from seed that are larger than sprouts and smaller than 'baby' salad greens," infects you as you read her well-written and comprehensive introduction to the superfood you can grow on your windowsill in a week. A New Zealand-based floral designer, Hill explains how to plant, raise, and harvest crops of delicious and highly nutritious microgreens. The book is informative and accessible, delivering in a buoyant voice all you need to know about the ultimate in local eating—making a meal of houseplants. It is nicely illustrated as well, with tantalizing photographs of microgreens at every stage, from seed to planting to plate. And there are more than a dozen recipes included here along with the chapters on plant care, individual crops of microgreens from amaranth to mustard to rocket, and involving children in the operation. Resources, a glossary, and an index round out the volume. VERDICT Highly recommended for gardeners, foodies, and health enthusiasts.—Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Libs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554077694
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 515,795
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Fionna Hill is a floral designer and author who also contributes to lifestyle, garden and travel magazines.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Beautiful photos and inspiring recipes!

    A very enjoyable book! It inspired me to eat better and provide better for myself.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    Great Start with Healthy Microgreens

    I notice the publishers David Bateman have responded to criticism from your earlier correspondent:
    As the originating publisher we do not normally respond to book reviews, but as Mr Sasuga's post is not so much a book review as an attack on the integrity of the author and publisher, we felt it appropriate to respond.
    We recognise that people may dispute the claims for the scientific basis of the higher nutrient qualities and flavours of microgreens and that is fine. But what we do find so odd about Mr Sasuga's post is that the other microgreens book, which makes the same claims to a higher nutrient content and more intense flavour for microgreens as Ms Hill's (indeed, on the back cover it says "Learn how to plant, grow and harvest the most nutrient-dense greens available"), is described by him as "Outstanding!" No mention is made of the authors' nutritional information. It is this odd inconsistency that has prompted us to comment. "

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    Nutritious pea microgreens

    Offering little in the way of calories, microgreens are nevertheless rich in vitamins and minerals. Pea shoots contain seven times the vitamin C in blueberries and four times the vitamin A in tomatoes, according to the British website www.peashoots.com.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Superfood or Super-hype?

    There is no evidence that microgreens are a superfood or that they contain more nutrition or "higher levels of active plant compounds" than mature plants. As a commercial microgreen grower, I would love to make the claim that microgreens are more nutritious than regular greens, but there is no proof of this; where is the nutritional analysis? The author has taken studies of sprouts and cleverly inserted the word microgreens to make her case. This is a shocking misrepresentation of the facts. None of the studies she references involved microgreens. Microgreens have not yet been studied and compared for their nutritional value. It is a shame that someone is out to make money by passing off false information as fact.

    Microgreens are not sprouts. There are important differences. It appears that the author actually "lifted" her brief explanation of this directly from my Fresh Origins website.

    USA Nutritionist Colette Heimowitz has stated that Microgreens should be comparable to normal sized vegetables in their carbohydrate content. This would suggest they are also comparable in other nutritional aspects. Colette has appeared on radio programs nationwide, as well as on national television networks including CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She also makes frequent trips around the country on the lecture circuit. She has 20-plus years of experience as a nutritionist, which includes the time she spent with Dr Atkins as director of nutrition at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine.

    Microgreens actually have less flavor when compared with an equal weight of full-sized vegetables and greens. This suggests that they also have a lower nutritional content, not greater.

    There is of course no actual scientific or nutritional definition of a superfood or a functional food. These terms are meaningless and have been used primarily as marketing hype to sell something (like this book).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    A bright colourful inspiring book!

    I bought this book for guidance on how to grow microgreens and for some inspiration on how to use them. Three weeks later I have microgreens flourishing on my window ledges and the recipes I have tried so far have been simple to prepare and delicious.

    If you are looking to set up a commercial growing operation this book may not be for you. But it is bright and colorful, the text is understandable and it is full of helpful tips on growing microgreens for home use. I am now supplementing my family's diet with produce that we have grown together and that I know is chemical free.

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