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What Are The Different Types Of Microgreens – Where To Start?

With an increasing number of options of microgreen seeds being available these days, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices. Yes, you could spend hours trawling the internet to figure it all out, and yes - you could also just skip that, try your luck, and hope that it works out!

In this blog, we'll cover the main categories of microgreens to help you make an informed decision, as well as provide a few recommendations on good places to start if you're new. If you’re interested in learning more about how to grow, consume, and get the most out of your microgreens, be sure to check out the links to our separate blogs. 

Types of Microgreens you can Grow at Home

Microgreens are one of the most satisfying foods to grow – and the best suited to growing in small indoor spaces. They are super fast, nutritious, and flavorful – and there are hundreds of varieties to choose from. Pretty much any vegetable, grain, legume, or salad green can be grown as a microgreen, so there are a lot to consider (flavor, looks, price, timing) but we find it most useful to think about it in terms of how you’ll use them.

Microgreen Types: Which Ones Are Right For You?

Microgreens With A MILD Flavor 

Mild flavors range from nutty to sweet, many with the delicate taste of larger vegetables – like carrot and cucumber. These microgreens make it easy to boost the nutrition of a meal without changing the taste too much. 

Our Favorites: Alfalfa, Borage, Broccoli, Carrot, Chard, Kale

Type

Alfalfa

Borage

Broccoli

Carrot

Chard

Kale

Family

Fabaceae

Boraginaceae

Brassicaceae

Apiaceae

Amaranthaceae

Brassicaceae 

# of Days to Harvest

6-7 days

12-21 days

6-14 days

14-25 days

7-12 days

7-10 days

Pre-soak?

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Microgreens with a SPICY flavor

There are several microgreens with deep spiciness that you can use in your hearty dishes. We love dressing our salad with mustard microgreens and topping our pizzas with arugula. We also love the rush of eating the radish straight.. but maybe we’re a bit intense. 

Our Favorites: Arugula, Cress, Mustard, Radish

Type

Arugula

Cress

Mustard

Radish

Family

Brassicaceae 

Brassicaceae

Brassicaceae

Brassicaceae

# of Days to Harvest

2-7 days

7-12 days

2-14 days

7-10 days

Pre-soak?

No

No

No

Yes

HERBS that can be grown as Microgreens

Most herbs can be grown as microgreens. In addition to the much shorter time to harvest (in days, not months), they are also more tender, making them better garnishes for desserts and cocktails. 

Our Favorites: Anise, Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Scallion,

Type

Anise

Basil

Cilantro

Dill

Fennel

Scallion

Family

Apiaceae

Lamiaceae

Apiaceae

Apiaceae

Apiaceae

Amaryllidaceae

# of Days to Harvest

14-21 days

12-20 days

10-20 days

7-14 days

7-28 days

12-21 days

Pre-soak?

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Optional

Microgreen SHOOTS that are good for snacking 

Shoots are our favorite for snacking on straight – but also add a nice crisp to sandwiches and are some of the most kid-friendly varieties. They are typically bigger seeds that need to be soaked before planting. It’s not too hard, but is a tiny bit more advanced

Our Favorites: Corn, Garbanzo, Lentil, Peas, Soy, Sunflower 

Type

Corn

Garbanzo

Lentil

Peas

Soy

Sunflower 

Family

Poaceae

Fabaceae

Fabaceae

Fabaceae

Fabaceae

Asteraceae 

# of Days to Harvest

6-7 days

7-14 days

7-10 days

8-14 days

7-9 days

10-14 days

Pre-soak?

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Best types of Microgreens for Beginners: A Microgreens List

 

Unless you’re a celebrity chef or way ahead of the curve, chances are you don’t know what your favorite microgreen is. There are also so many different flavors out there, we think it’s best to start with a wide range of representative flavors & textures (and ones that are also easy to grow) so you can get your footing and decide which flavors to explore further.

We think the perfect starting microgreen list is:

  1. Radish: Radishes show off just how flavorful microgreens can be. Compared to the radishes you know, you will find these to be immensely rich, peppery, and slightly floral.
  2. Lentil: While this might not be the first microgreen that comes to mind – it’s a great representative of the “shoots” family. It’s crisp with a fresh, sweet flavor and the easiest of the family to grow (doesn’t require soaking, ready in 7 days).
  3. Mustard: This is a super fast grower, showing its green leaves after just 2 days, and you’ll be blown away by the bold, spicy mustard flavor. 
  4. Kale: Kale is a classic “mild” microgreen – it has a rich, nutty flavor that goes well with a broad range of dishes. Its soft texture also shows off just how tender microgreens are compared to their adult counterparts. 

Want to learn more about Microgreens? Check out our other blogs on:

And if you’re ready to give growing microgreens a shot, our Microgreens Starter Kit can help you out with that. Let’s get sprouting!

 

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