What are microgreens and why eat them?
Microgreens are baby plant greens similar in nature to sprouts but with a couple important distinctions. Microgreens are grown in soil, whereas sprouts can be started with only water. Microgreens are grown slightly longer, to a later life cycle, and they are cut off just above soil level so that generally the seeds are not eaten.
Microgreens are nutrient dense, meaning they are generally far more nutritious than their full-grown counterparts – up to 40x more as in the case with radish! They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, so they are much more than a garnish for fine dining. Affordable, flavour-packed, and incredibly healthy!
We grow all our certified organic microgreens year-round and indoors in a converted shipping container located in Strathcona. They are grown in soil using only certified organic, pathogen tested seed. After that it’s just sunlight and water. Delivered same day of harvest to restaurants and grocers twice weekly.
Minimum $16 order required for delivery or $15 for pick up from Union Market.
Sunflower, Pea, Radish:
- $16.00/lb or
- $5.00/125 grams ($4.00/125g wholesale)
Arugula, Wasabi, Rapini:
Sunnies have long been our most popular crop and for good reason. Nutty and buttery in flavour, firm in texture, packed with vitamins, and full of protein – sunflower shoots are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and wraps while making any dish look fabulous in its presentation! High in vitamins A, B, D, and E plus calcium, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, and potassium.
Pea shoots are a popular crop as they can be eaten fresh or cooked. Their tender leaves make a wonderful addition to salads and they are a great addition to soups and stir fries, maintaining much of their firm texture once cooked or sautéed. Very high in vitamin A, C, and folic acid (B9).
Radish shoots are a great way to add some spice to your life! A mix of two types of radishes, these spicy shoots make your meals come to life with colour and spice! Contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, carotene, and chlorophyll.
A long-tenured microgreen of ours, arugula has all the peppery flavour its mature leafy green counterpart has but gives your dishes a new twist. Use it as a pizza topping or in salads or sandwiches. Very high in protein, vitamin B6, amino acids, iron and calcium.
Oriental wasabi mustard
Hot and spicy! Just like a proper wasabi. Spectacular and classy addition to modern sushi dishes! A great source of vitamins A, B6, and C, and calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
This brassica is an excellent source of vitamin C and good source of fiber. The important nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are present in kohlrabi help us to maintain digestive health, iron deficiency, proper nerve and muscle function and vision health. Like all brassicas it contains many health promoting phytochemicals like isothiocyanates, sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol – eaten for their protection against certain cancers. Not to mention it is an incredibly attractive addition to your dishes!
Broccoli Raab (Rapini)
Rapini is a member of the Brassicaceae family, however it is more closely related to turnip than broccoli. Nutty, bitter, and pungent, this microgreen is high in vitamins A, C, and K. Also high in calcium, iron, manganese, and zinc. Many people look to brassica microgreens for their sulfophane content, which is used for its chemopreventive (cancer-fighting) properties.