What are microgreens? Microgreens are a type of plant with a delicate, fresh appearance and a vibrant taste. Interestingly, microgreens are not the same as sprouts, which are germinated in water just long enough to grow roots, stems and pale leaves. Microgreens require soil, sunlight and a week to grow before harvesting.
Microgreens are used as edible flowers both because of their delicious taste and visually appealing nature. Some different kinds of edible flowers and plants include pansy, bachelor’s buttons, calendula, marigold, chrysanthemum, snapdragon, carnation, dahlia, nasturtium and viola. There are also herb crystals, micro rainbow mix and edible blossoms that are grown as part of specialty produce.
Edible flowers are most useful when used as a garnish for a cup of tea or cocktail. There are also candied flowers, which can be put on cakes or in other places to spruce up the look of a plate or dish. You can buy things like sugar flowers and micro rainbow mix when you talk to professional gardeners who grow microgreens.
Growing microgreens is very difficult, and only the most advanced and skilled gardeners can grow successful microgreens, albeit with a ton of work put in as well. With that said, however, edible flowers can be consumed safely, and they can be preserved for future use by drying them, freezing them or steeping them in oil. Overall, microgreens not only make a plate look better, they can make it taste better as well.