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Ashleigh Smith

Jan 30
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What Do Microgreens Taste Like?

Many microgreens are edible at the microgreens stage of growth. This is the period of time after a vegetable has sprouted and developed its cotyledon and true leaves. Because microgreens are developed from the energy and nutrients stored in the seed, they often offer a greater nutrient density than their mature counterparts. In addition to nutritional differences, there can also be some taste differences. Usually, microgreens have a more pungent flavor than the mature vegetable harvest.

We understand some people are hesitant to try new microgreens if they aren’t sure what the flavor will be or if they will like it. After polling the fans of Mike VanDuzee of @KeeponGrowin’ we created a microgreen sample starter pack that includes 12 varieties of microgreen seeds that interest growers of various experience levels. The sampler includes 1 oz of broccoli, purple radish, spicy salad mix, beet, nasturtium, cilantro, garden cress, sunflower, pak choi, shiso, orach, and pea. Try something new with this special 12 Variety Microgreen Sampler.

Microgreens can show off a variety of flavors. The most common include sweet, savory, bitter, zesty, spicy, earthy, and nutty. Most microgreens will include more than one of these flavors making for unique flavors when paired with your everyday foods. For ideas on how to use microgreens in your day-to-day cooking, check out our “How to Use Microgreens and Sprouts” article.


Most people new to trying microgreens tend to like the sweet types the best at first. They tend to be more mild in taste and can be used in many ways. Kids will likely be more open to eating these types, although they may respond well to other flavors as well.


While these microgreens have more of a bitter taste, they are still widely liked. Broccoli has a delightful texture that pairs well with salads, sandwiches, and burgers. While wheatgrass is grown with the same technique as other microgreens, it should only be consumed as a juice by people. Pets may benefit from directly chewing on the grass.

Sour or Tangy

These microgreens are known to bring more of a unique flavor to the plate. If growing cilantro microgreens, be sure to split the seeds by gently rolling over them with a rollin pin or lightly crushing them for quicker germination.


These microgreens are known for their more bold, spicy, and peppery flavors that will add a flare to your meals. While each of them have this flavor kick, they vary in strength.

Learn more from Mike VanDuzee on YouTube @KeeponGrowin

"Growing some of your own food is empowering, it is a basic necessity that most of us depend on someone else for. Take control of your life and gain the knowledge that will make you a little more self sufficient. It's an awesome feeling and is even better having a virtual salad bar at your fingertips throughout the year!"

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I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.

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Erin S

Great info! Thanks for mentioning the part about dates to maturity not counting the indoor time!

Nathan Matlock

Lexi, Thank you for the information provided here. We plant of course our favorite varieties ever year. But always try a few new varieties. This year will be no different.

Amanda Lamar

I’ve done container herb gardens and towers before, this year I’m making an established in-ground herb garden for the first time. Nothing like fresh herbs when cooking!


I absolutely love that there are semi seedless varieties, as my family can not consume seeds due to health reasons. This cuts down on the prep time in the kitchen when I’m preparing healthy meals and snacks, and leaves me with more of the product my family can enjoy


I love flowers. Are these bulbs?


This is such a clever idea to grow herbs in mason jars! Excited to try this to give out at my produce stand this summer for my neighborhood. Thank you for sharing!

Trent Geerdes

My order over $193 was just delivered on 3/11 but I didn’t see any extra herbs. Did I miss the promotion?


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Hello , I just received my seeds but did not see the free gift. Thanks