- Describe what micro-greens are and how they differ from sprouts
- Describe the flavor of common microgreen varieties
The food industry is unusually prone to universal fads. Kale is king! Quinoa will give you superpowers! Eat acai berries and live forever! At one point, everyone had a jar of sprouts on their counter. Remember that?
Well, many see microgreens the same way, a fad that is having its day but will soon pass. But there is something different happening here. You see, microgreens aren’t coveted just for their nutritive properties. Yes, they are nutrient-dense and there is some impressive medical research on broccoli microgreens, specifically the micronutrient they contain called sulforaphane, and the impact they may have on breast cancer.
But what is giving microgreens a more sustainable role at the dinner table is the role they play in helping chefs build flavors. These little dynamos can be grown quickly, in large volumes, and used to create flavor and add texture in unique ways. The nutritional component just might be the icing on the cake as they say.
Tools & Materials
- Microgreen seeds
- Cups and water
- Harvest ready set of microgreens
- True leaves
Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin the lesson by introducing microgreens to the Students. If you started a set in advance, allow the Students to examine the microgreens up close. Describe the nutrient value they have and how they are used to add flavor to recipes. Explain how micro-greens are grown and provide them with a timeline for the set you have presented.
Activity (20 minutes)
Have the Students cut, wash, and taste a sample of the microgreens. Have them describe the flavor. Then have the Students pre-soak seeds for other microgreens.
Discussion (10 minutes)
What did you taste? What other tastes would be good to pair with these? Were they crunchy or soft?
Assessment (5 minutes)
Use the following questions to assess the Students before and after the lesson. Tally the responses of the group in the Assessment Tracking Log for comparison:
- By a show of hands, how many of you have ever eaten microgreens?
- Now that you’ve taste tested microgreens, how many of you would enjoy eating them more often?
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