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7-day old sunflower microgreens ready for harvest

Since food is one of the three main requirements for human survival, you would think having immediate access to it, and/or being able to quickly attain it, would be at the top of our priority list of things to know how to do. Unfortunately, apart from a trip to the grocery store, most people lack the ability to feed themselves.

1-gallon bag of fresh sunflower microgreens from one tray

Growing microgreens is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get fresh nutrition-packed food, fast! With some seeds, you can even harvest a crop in just over a week, like these sunflowers I just cut. The tray above yielded just under a pound of fresh power-packed food.

Microgreens are not sprouts. Sprouts are typically “sprouted” in a jar, while microgreens are grown in trays using a growing medium like potting mix or hydroponic mats. And whereas everything on a sprout is eaten – seed, root, stem and leaves – microgreens are harvested after the first pair of true leaves grow out. Only those leaves and stems are eaten.

Fresh-cut sunflower microgreens with avocado and spaghetti squash

Microgreens are super nutritious, and they can be eaten raw as a snack, as a garnish or side-dish, in a salad, on a sandwich, or any other way you like..

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