Microgreens – nutritious herbs you can grow easily indoors

From seed to ready-to-eat in as little as seven days, harvesting your own greens has never been so simple.

radish microgreens being harvested

by Angelica Daujotas |

Vibrant, delicate, and delicious, microgreens are taking the gardening and culinary world by storm right now. Small in size and jam-packed full of nutrients, they’re a super-easy way to nourish your body and add depths of flavour to your meals.

You may have already seen them on the menus of gourmet restaurants, but did you know you can easily grow them at home too? Microgreens require little space and plenty of light, they're perfect to grow on a windowsill at home - ideal if you have little or no outdoor space.

From seed to ready-to-eat in as little as seven days, harvesting your own greens has never been so simple and low maintenance – even a serial plant killer would struggle to kill these off.

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are essentially the seedlings of larger edible vegetables and herbs. Miniscule in size and loaded with nutrients such as vitamins, C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene, they contain four to six times the vitamins and phytochemicals found in mature leaves of the same plants. Packed with intense flavours and lovely texture, they’ll elevate any salad dish or make the perfect garnish.

The easiest microgreens to grow:

• Radish microgreens

• Broccoli microgreens

• Cabbage microgreens

• Kohlrabi microgreens

• Rocket microgreens

• Basil microgreens

What’s not to love? Harvest your own super greens in as little as seven to ten days. Get started with our round-up of the best kits and accessories to get you started on your microgreens harvesting journey.

The best microgreens starter kits and accessories

Verdant Republic’s seeds starter box contains everything you need to successfully grow five types of classic microgreens – broccoli, pea, radish, rocket & sunflower. As well as seeds, this kit comes with 100 per cent biodegradable coir peat pots, coir pellets, plant markers and an instruction guide.

Review: “Really happy with the purchase. It has been less than 10 days since I planted the seeds. They are really easy to grow and plenty of seeds compared to other kits I bought in the past. Just bought their other Kitchen Garden microgreens box to try and can't wait to plant them too. I will be buying them again for my daughter in law who is into healthy eating.”

A smart garden planter that does it all! This indoor herb garden germination kit is designed with a water circulation system, to support your plants to grow stronger. Featuring high performance LED lights, they stimulate the sunlight spectrum and promote thriving plants in any weather.

Review: “After wanting one of these for years, I can say that I’m really impressed with the operating volume, ease of use, lack of mess from soil - and very hands-off maintenance. If they continue to grow easily and maintain well - then I think I know what I’ll be getting a couple of people next Christmas!”

Specially selected for colour & flavour and pre-mixed for convenience, this mixed variety of mixed sprouting seeds is perfect for growing super-nutrient greens at home. Results in as quick as nine days.

Review: “These microgreens are amazing, with swift and tasty rewards. They are great value for money, and I highly recommend them.”

Take a step back from gardening and let this clever smart garden do it all for you.

Selfridges says: “Keeping plants and herbs alive is easier said than done – we’re not all born with green fingers after all. Veritable helps even the most novice gardener and serial plant-killers keep their basil blossoming, curly parsley cultivated, chives climbing and thyme ticking over by creating the Smart Copper Indoor Garden fitted with automatic watering and light-intensity adjustments. Plus, there’s an app, too, so you know when to top up the water reservoir.”

Don't know where to start with microgreens? Get this handy paperback book that gives you an essential guide to gourmet greens. Free with Kindle Unlimited.

Review: “Overall a great buy!! Really good advice for a range of people, from beginners looking for a new hobby to people aspiring to make a successful business from Microgreens too. The advice and tips in the book really do work and I particularly liked the bonus 20 recipes which are fun to try out. The business advice in the book is a great bonus too, and an all-around book on Microgreens.”

High-quality reusable trays to get you started growing microgreens with no need for soil! Just add seeds and water for healthy, colourful, and full of flavour greens. Seeds included are Basil, Coriander and Rocket.

Review: “This simple, little tray sits neatly on my kitchen windowsill. The kit came complete with seeds and clear instructions. It was all much simpler than I thought, and the seeds started germinating within two days. I should probably have waited longer but couldn't wait to nibble the first shoots which were big enough to taste after the fourth day. I have left half the tray for a full week and am 'harvesting' tasty shoots each morning.”

This indoor garden is perfect for nurturing your new microgreen seeds. With three beds to house three different variations and an automatic watering system, this smart garden is a great budget-friendly option for low-maintenance microgreen harvesting. Available in yellow, green, white and blue.

What do microgreens taste like?

Microgreens vary in taste depending on the variety. It can either taste relatively neutral, peppery, slightly sour or even bitter.

What are the health benefits of microgreens?

Microgreens are highly nutritious and may reduce the risk of the following diseases:

Heart disease: Microgreens are a rich source of polyphenols, a form of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

Alzheimer’s disease: Antioxidant-rich foods with high amounts of polyphenols may be connected to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Diabetes: Antioxidants may help reduce the stress that can prevent sugar from properly entering cells.

Certain cancers: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in polyphenols, may lower the risk of various types of cancer.

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