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    Default Microgreens Go From Trendy Vegetables To Functional Food

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    September 28 2021

    Study suggests ‘gourmet’ sprouts have potential to help provide global nutrition security

    Starting decades ago as fashionable, high-value gourmet greens, today microgreens have gained popularity among consumers for their nutritional profile and high content of antioxidant compounds. Now, a new study suggests that the tiny plants have the potential to help provide global nutrition security.

    As part of a project titled, "Food Resilience in the Face of Catastrophic Global Events," an international team of researchers has found that these vegetables can be grown in a variety of soilless production systems in small spaces indoors, with or without artificial lighting.

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    "Now, a new study suggests that the tiny plants have the potential to help provide global nutrition security."

    I'm always interested in reading about new organic methods of nutritional crops from unlikely sources. Just last week, I started reading (again) about saltwater crops, another unlikely food source. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=salt+water...ages&ia=images
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    Grulla, your link isn't working. Can you eliminate the search engine as a part of the URL and simply copy the URL for the page you're viewing? In other words, separate and download the page from the search engine.
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    I have been growing microgreens almost year-round in window boxes before it became trendy. They're so much easier to do than head lettuce and you can snip a bunch at ground level, knowing they will regrow, or in my preference, go through the box taking just the tallest ones for your salad. They will grow in a sunny spot indoors or a semi-shady spot outside and they tolerate cold temperatures — in fact they do better spring and fall than they do in the peak heat of summer. At the cost of a single packet of seeds, you're saving money almost year-round and you know they're organic because you grew them yourself!
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    Default Re: Microgreens Go From Trendy Vegetables To Functional Food

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Grulla, your link isn't working. Can you eliminate the search engine as a part of the URL and simply copy the URL for the page you're viewing? In other words, separate and download the page from the search engine.
    OK, but I'll leave it up in case it works for others. I quickly posted these 3 websites without reading them, so I hope they are informative. And lets not forget the seaweed kelp industry as well.

    https://www.salineagricultureworldwi...ne-agriculture
    https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/water-ma...ant-irrigation
    https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/...by-salt-water/

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    Some seeds are quite expensive, broccoli for instance, so I grow my own. I grow a small crop of kale, broccoli, rocket etc (haven't tried lettuce) and let them go to seed. I can grow enough for a year's supply.

    BTW Islander, what microgreens will regrow when cut?

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    "...what microgreens will regrow when cut?" Oh, so many!

    arugula, romaine, black seeded Simpson come to mind. But you can buy packets of mixed microgreens, and I think any lettuce would do, the point being to keep trimming them. I like mine in windowboxes because they fit my spaces, but I've sold them in the greenhouse in round shallow 12 inch clay bowls. Thin them when they sprout to a couple of inches apart, and pluck off a few outer leaves when they reach 4 to 6 inches.
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