5 Differences Between Microgreens And Sprouts.

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Some of the Microgreens from our MicroMix – you can tell the difference between these and sprouts by the developed leaves and stems.

We get asked this question a lot – is microgreens just a fancy word for sprouts? The simple answer is no. Sprouts and Microgreens are actually very different. There are different growing processes,
different nutritional benefits and at the end of the day, a completely different food experience. Here are 5 differences between Microgreens and Sprouts.

1. Sprouts Are Germinated Seeds. Microgreens Are Developed.

Sprouts are simply germinated seeds. Microgreens go through a different planting and growth process that allows them to boast fully developed stems and leaves, making them significantly different in composition from sprouts.

2. Sprouts Are Grown In Water. Microgreens in Soil or Peat Moss.

You may not know this, but sprouts are grown in water while microgreens are grown in soil or peat moss. Sprout seeds are never actually planted but go through a process of being grown in a very low light environment with high humidity levels.

3. Sprouts Take Much Less Time To Grow.  Microgreens Take Longer.

Producing sprouts usually takes a few days due to the high-intensity growing process. Microgreens on the other hand, usually take between one and six weeks to grow the first fully developed leaves and stems that are ready to be eaten. The growing process includes high-light and greenhouse conditions.

4. Sprouts Do Not Have The Same Nutritional Value. Microgreens Are Healthy.

Microgreens are eaten once the first fully developed stems and leaves appear. When you eat a sprout you are eating the seed, stems and underdeveloped leaves. This makes a significant difference to the nutritional value between a microgreen and a sprout. To learn more about microgreen health benefits visit our Health Benefits of Microgreens page.

5. Microgreens and Sprouts Taste Very Different.

Because microgreens are fully developed and sprouts are not, the flavours in microgreens are concentrated and the textures are delicate. Concentrated flavours allows you or your customer to enjoy a bright punch of freshness or a spicy aftertone with each bite. To learn more about our varieties visit the Our Microgreens page.

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