Tips For Harvesting Your Microgreens
- Microgreens are typically ready to harvest when they have reached a height of about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) and have developed their first true leaves. The specific time to harvest may vary depending on the type of microgreens you’re growing, so refer to the seed packet or your growing guidelines for more precise information.
- You’ll need sharp, clean scissors or kitchen shears for harvesting. Make sure the blades are clean and sanitized to prevent contamination.
- Cut just above the soil. Use scissors to snip the microgreens just above the soil line, leaving a small portion of the stem. This minimizes the risk of damaging the growing medium and allows for regrowth for a second harvest in some cases.
- Grow and harvest only what you need. To maintain the freshness and flavor of your microgreens, it’s best to harvest them just before use. This ensures they are at their peak flavor and nutritional value.
- Rinse and store. After harvesting, rinse your microgreens gently with cold water to remove any soil or debris. Pat them dry with paper towels or use a salad spinner. Store them in a container with a lid or a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator. Properly stored, microgreens can last for several days to a week.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Microgreens are delicate and can wilt quickly if exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Keep them in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use them.
Remember that the quality of your microgreens largely depends on how you care for them from planting to harvest. Pay attention to their growth and adjust your harvesting schedule accordingly to ensure the best taste and texture.