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Microgreens considered super vegetables

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On Glenburnie Farm in Spotsylvania, John Biscoe’s greenhouse is filled with microgreens. Simply, microgreens are seedlings of vegetables and herbs like arugula, basil and red Russian kale.

UMD researcher Zhenlei Xiao

Though 90% of his sales go to chefs, Biscoe says consumer demand is up after USDA and University of Maryland researchers discovered how much nutrition is packed into the tiny seedlings.

Researchers measured levels of vitamin E, K and C, as well as beta carotene and lutein in 25 types of microgreens.

“The nutritional level of young seedlings are 4-6 times higher than their mature counterparts which is so impressive,” noted researcher Zhenlei Xiao.

Researchers found that radishes, red cabbage, cilantro and amaranth scored highest overall. But each one is considered a super veggie.

Here is the list of the Mighty Microgreens studied by the USDA and UMD:
• Arugula
• Bull’s blood beet
• Celery
• China rose beet
• Cilantro
• Garnet amaranth
• Golden pea tendrils
• Green basil
• Green daikon radish
• Magenta spinach
• Mizuna
• Opal basil
• Opal radish
• Pea tendrils
• Peppercress
• Popcorn shoots
• Purple kohlrabi
• Purple mustard
• Red beet
• Red cabbage
• Red mustard
• Red orach
• Red sorrel
• Sorrel
• Wasabi

 

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