Growing microgreens and sprouting are two of the easiest, fastest, most nutritious, and most rewarding things you could possibly grow at home. You may need a green thumb to grow fruits and vegetables but not for sprouts!
Fast growing alternative to mature basil.
25 x 50 cm tray yields approx. 220 grams.
How to Grow Basil Microgreens:
Do not pre-soak seeds.
Sow rate: 28 grams for a 25 x 50 cm growing tray.
Moisten soil, flatten 3-4 cm soil in tray.
Cover for 4-6 days with tray lid. Store in well ventilated area away from light until the seeds germinate. Lightly water 1-2 times daily.
Uncover and place in light. Water 1-2 times daily.
Harvest time: Approximately 12-16 days.
Basil Seed Details:
Botanical name: Ocimum Basilicum
No chemical treatment.
Seeds per gram: 600 – 650.
Health Benefits of Microgreens and Sprouts
Incredibly nutrient dense and low in calories. One study found that "some microgreens contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts" .
Makes seeds easier to digest.
Essential minerals and nutrients contained within the seeds/legumes become more bioavailable after sprouting (i.e. the nutrients become easier for your body to absorb and use).
What's the Difference Between Microgreens and Sprouts?
Both microgreens and sprouts are the young shoots of germinated seeds - essentially baby plants. You can grow grains, legumes, nuts and seeds as sprouts or microgreens and people are now fully realising the benefits of eating these young plants.
Sproutsare not grown in soil or other growing medium but rather are germinated with only water, usually in a jar or on a paper towel. They do not need light but require rinsing/misting at least twice per day, are ready to eat in 3-5 days and both the seed and plant are consumed.
Microgreens are grown in soil, a hydroponic growing pad or another growing medium such as cocopeat. They require light, are usually ready to eat in 5-15 days depending on what you're growing, and are generally cut off above the soil so only the stems and leaves are consumed.