Is Wheatgrass a Microgreen?
Most of people around the world don’t think that wheatgrass is a microgreen. According to food safety authorities around the world, the best definition for wheatgrass is microgreens rather than sprouted seedlings. By now, wheatgrass microgreens have become very popular among Indian mothers. Since wheatgrass has the ability to regenerate itself, we can harvest it twice. So it is a great opportunity to get more income from same initial inputs.
Steps of Wheatgrass Microgreen Production
Step 1 – Initial soaking is the most important step at the beginning for promoting seed germination by activating physiological processes inside the seed. All seeds should be soaked completely inside the growing tray itself. Within 2 days, seeds show some actions in germination. With that, the water content in the tray goes down drastically. That is a very normal situation. Some darkness during the germination period increases the root growth of germinating seedlings.
Step 2 – By 3 days, little leaf blades appear in the tray. Now you can remove the darkness and subjected it to sun/artificial light to start the photosynthesis of leaves. During these 2 steps of production, it is better to keep your seeds at a 60-70 F temperature environment because cooler climates will reduce the rate of germination and the initial growth of wheatgrass microgreens.
Step 3 – Wheatgrasses are about 4 inches on the 5th day. Make sure to maintain the moisture content in the tray. Otherwise little grasses will become dry. Root hairs at this moment will look fuzzy, just don’t be confused whether they are fungus.
Step 4 – With time little wheatgrasses are growing. By 10 days, wheatgrass microgreens can be harvested. At this moment, plants are about 8-10 inches tall. Bright green color leaf blades of wheatgrass microgreens are really better looking. From the base, you can cut the grass and keep the rest for the second crop. Harvested microgreens can be stored in the fridge for about 10 days. Rinsing in the water after harvested is not a need because they are already clean. Also rinsing may reduce the shelf life of your microgreens.
How to Eat Wheatgrass Microgreens?
Wheatgrass microgreens have a mild and sweet flavor. Also since we harvested them within 10-12 days, they do not contain gluten. At this stage of the plant, only seeds contain gluten. So those who have gluten intolerance also can eat wheatgrass microgreens without any hesitation.
Wheatgrass microgreens are a perfect source for minerals, vitamins (A, C, and E), magnesium, calcium, iron, and some acids. Also, it reduces allergy conditions for antibiotics, risk of developing cancers by restoring the alkalinity of the body, and blood cholesterol level and regulates the blood glucose level. As well as wheatgrass microgreens promote weight loss.