With the change in lifestyle patterns and awareness, fresh and healthy crops are on the rise. Microgreens are the new specialty crops seen in the market and restaurants.
The recent buzz in germinating marijuana seeds and microgreens has spurred much debate regarding their health benefits. While some microgreen farmers have claimed that microgreens pack more flavor and nutrition into every bite, microgreens’ specific health benefits are still unknown. However, what is known is that microgreens make a nutritious substitute for a variety of garnishes and toppings in fine cuisine.
What Are Microgreens
These are the leafy green plants with fully developed cotyledonary leaves with or without fully mature embryonic leaves. Consumption of microgreens increased due to higher antioxidants and other health-promoting compounds than their adult counterparts.
Over the last couple of decades, a keen interest in new food crops that support longevity, superior health, and more combined with gastronomic delight. Microgreens are the herb like or seedling type form of the plant. Microgreen consumption is frequent in Asian countries, but this trend also started in Western countries in recent decades.
Imagine being able to include Micro Mint Lime or Micro Cannabis as a zesty and visually appealing garnish. Not only will the selected hemp sprouts make the dish stand out visually, but also including blueberry autoflower pot seeds garnishes provide unique flavors and aromas, further enhancing the appeal of the plate. These garnishes are less likely to be tossed aside or scraped off the dish, making them a unique complement to the menu’s famous dishes.
The Idea OfMicrogreen As A Culinary Ingredient
The idea originated in San Francisco, California; since then, it has become a culinary ingredient in restaurants and grocery markets worldwide. These are the plants of 7 to 25 days that are harvested early with two cotyledonary leaves that may or may not comprise the real embryonic leaves.
Different plant species have tried the microgreens, including Brassicaceae, Fabaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Cannabis, and more.
Most grown microgreens crops are arugula, mustard, kohlrabi, pakchoi, cabbage, and kale. Researchers found that these microgreens are high in nutrient content. Their study revealed that these microgreens contain more nutritional value than mature plants of their species.
Due to the presence of a higher level of bioactive chemicals like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds in these early staged plants, which make them consider the “superfoods.”
Ten Facts On Why Cannabis Microgreen Is A Superfood
- Cannabis sprouts are a safe superfood.
Contrary to other superfoods, such as soy, there are no contraindications with a high consumption amount.
- Hemp sprouts contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega three and omega 6
For short, Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs are the kind of plant-based fats considered to be a great neuroprotectant, effectively preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
- Cannabis Microgreens have a low percentage of fats compared to other seeds (only 30%)
Consuming low levels of dietary fats is fundamental for metabolic and cardiac functions. It is also a pivotal point for cognitive performance.
- Cannabis sprouts provide all amino acids
This is a unique form of an unmatchable superfood. Amino acids are the structure sections for proteins, making cannabis products a complete vegan protein form.
- Hemp also contains Edestin, a unique globular protein easily absorbed by the human body and can deliver a quick boost of energy.
Side notes: A steak does not contain all 20 amino acids!
- Cannabis microgreens contain high levels of cannaflavins
Cannaflavin is an underrated flavonoid that has a unique anti-inflammatory property. Its efficiency is well higher than aspirin.
- Cannabis sprouts taste good.
Think hazelnut taste. Making them not only more potent than aspirin but also more desirable.
- Microgreens from cannabis do not contain THC.
The percentage of decarboxylated THC is as low as point one percent, making hemp sprouts incredibly safe to consume, showing no psychotropic properties.
- Microgreens contain high levels of phytoestrogens.
The cannaflavin carried in cannabis sprouts presents a novel feature: a similar chemical structure to a related plant that has been recognized as the plant with the most incredible levels of phytoestrogens.
- Oestrogen is a potent neuroprotectant. Intake of phytoestrogen is also great at preventing PMS symptoms in women.
- Cannabis sprouts are bursting with antioxidants.
Thus improving the body vs. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)
Cooking Cannabis Microgreens
Cooking healthy does not have to mean that we sacrifice flavor and fun in our meals. Incorporating microgreens and edible flowers into our menu allows us to keep the dishes healthy, flavorful, and vibrant.
Incorporating microgreens into a variety of dishes allows us to keep our menu healthy without sacrificing quality. No matter how health-conscious a diner is, we can never have too many greens in a diet, and incorporating microgreens into restaurant’s dishes allows us to provide another source of healthy greens.
Dishes that do not feature vegetables or greens can be vibrantly enhanced with the addition of cannabis microgreens. Portions of pasta, soups, and even desserts can incorporate the unique flavors and textures of fresh microgreens.
Testing with various microgreens and edible flowers on some of our dishes is a great way to increase their appeal. Fusing microgreens to improve flavor and beauty adds a garden-fresh element. With a bit of creative experimentation, microgreens can add an eye-catching and flavorful addition to just any high-end dish.
Cannabis Microgreens are gaining importance due to awareness and change in the lifestyle. These are a source of nutrition and antioxidant compounds like vitamins, minerals, and phenolic compounds linked to promoting human health