Monday, March 1, 2010

Microgreens and Me

Have you seen  microgreens at the Farmer's Market? Have you tried them? They are usually found hiding under or around the more familiar lettuces and greens. Farmers and chefs know them well. They are delicately beautiful and they pack a punch of flavor or color when added to a salad or a sandwich.   Microgreens are cut early, usually when the plant is only a inch or so high and just a few weeks old.  They're even smaller than baby greens and their flavor is robust and full. The bull's blood microgreens are actually a baby beet plant and their flavor is that of an earthy, sweet beet.  The Bull's blood beet plant is an heirloom plant that dates from about 1840.

You can order them on-line from Marx Foods and including shipping and handling they retail for $64.50 for 4 ounces.  Let's see, that's $16.00 per ounce.  Luckily for me, I found  them at the Farmer's Market for $4.00 per ounce. I washed them in sparkling, clear water, dried them, then dressed them with my fresh green salad.  Talk about a rainbow of colors.  Green lettuce, orange carrots, creamy white pinenuts, red tomatoes and purple microgreens, wow! What a delicious and healthy salad! 
And if you haven't tried microgreens in a while, experiment with some that you find at the Farmer's Market.

1 comment:

  1. Beryl,
    Great story about the Pub. Let's GOO!