41+ Fun Types of Microgreens to Try Growing

Microgreens are the next big thing in the culinary world. More and more chefs are using these tasty little plants that you can grow in your own kitchen to add flavor to dishes and wow their diners. You can even grow them yourself in trays – but which types should you choose?

There are many types of microgreens, here are some favorites categorized by family.

  • Amaranthaceae family:  amaranth, beets, chard, quinoa, and spinach
  • Amaryllidaceae family:  chives, garlic, leeks, onions
  • Apiaceae family:  carrot, celery, dill, fennel
  • Asteraceae family:  chicory, endive, lettuce, and radicchio
  • Brassicaceae family:  arugula, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, and cress
  • Cucurbitaceae family:  cucumbers, melons, pumpkin, and squashes
  • Lamiaceae family:  herbs including mint, cilantro, basil, rosemary, sage, and oregano.
  • Poaceae family:  barley, corn, rice, oats, wheatgrass, legumes including lentils, mung beans, other beans, and chickpeas

Types of Microgreens to Grow

If you’re looking to start growing microgreens of new varieties, or just want to incorporate a few more into your diet, here are over 30 of our favorite types of microgreens.

Amaranth

  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 10-15 days
  • Flavor: Nutty, yet sweet flavor
  • Color: Red
  • Pre-Soak: No
amaranth microgreens

Amaranth microgreens have a slightly bitter, nutty, and sweet flavor. They have been used as an ingredient in stir-fry dishes to give them a rich and savory taste.

They appear in a variety of shades of red, ranging from light pink to deep burgundy.

Amaranth microgreens are one of the more popular types to grow because they’re pretty simple and add a magical color to any dish.

Arugula

  • Family: Brassicaceae
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  • Flavor: Spicy, pungent
  • Color: Light green
  • Pre-Soak: No
micro arugula

Arugula is a spicy and pungent green microgreen. Its common name is rocket salad, but in the past, it was called roquette. The flavor is most similar to watercress.

Arugula has many uses in cooking, the types of which are endless. The most popular uses being in salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.

Arugula microgreens are one of the most nutritious types because they are rich in vitamins A, B-complex and C.

Barley

  • Family: Poaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 7-10 days
  • Flavor: Grassy, earthy flavor
  • Color: Green, White, Yellow
  • Pre-Soak: Yes (12-24 hours)
micro barley

Barley microgreens have a nutty and sweet flavor. Sometimes the color is derived from the types of grain that it came from, but they can also just be green.

In Northern Europe, barley has been a traditional dish that is used in soups and stews. If you’re looking for a sweet taste with a little bit of spice, then Barley microgreens are the type for you.

Basil

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 10-12 days
  • Flavor: A more mild basil flavor
  • Color: Green or Purple depending on type of basil used
  • Pre-Soak: No
micro basil

Basil microgreens will add a nice kick and spice to any dish you cook. Basil can be added to any dish you would add regular basil too, but also makes a great addition to salads and sandwiches as it’s not as pungent as mature leaves.

Micro Basil has a pale to medium green color and tastes similar to its mature counterpart, but is jam-packed with nutrients. You can also use opal basil or Red Rubin basil to grow microgreens and you’ll get beautiful purple shoots instead of green ones.

Related Article: This article shows you how to grow basil microgreens.

Beans

  • Family: Poaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 12-14 days
  • Flavor: Taste like beans, but a little muted.
  • Color: Green, sometimes with red stems
  • Pre-Soak: yes (12-24 hours)
micro beans

You can grow a variety of beans as microgreens, including mung beans, fava bean, and adzuki bean. Mung beans are often the beans used for a typical bean sprout you might find in the grocery store or at a restaurant.

Beans are a hearty, healthy, and inexpensive way to add flavor to your dishes. Micro beans can be used in stir-fries, sandwiches, or even added to a salad.

The flavor is pretty cool because they taste like a bean you would expect, just a little milder.

Beet Microgreens

  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 8-12 days
  • Flavor: Bitter and earthy with a sweet aftertaste
  • Color: Green and red
  • Pre-Soak: No
micro beets

Beet microgreens are small, round greens that have a sweet and earthy flavor. The color can range from green to red depending on the types of beets used.

Beets contain iron, which gives them the ability to grow in cold weather and is packed with nutrients that are good for you.

These microgreens have a bitter and earthy flavor, which is pretty different from its full-sized counterpart but can be added to sandwiches or stir-fry dishes.

Bok Choy

  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 10-12 days
  • Flavor: Mild, earthy flavor
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: No

Bok Choy is a mildly flavored microgreen that has been used in many types of Asian dishes.

It’s leafy and can be added to stir-fries, soups, or stews for a tasty crunch.

Bok Choy microgreens are in a wide variety of colors including yellow, white, and green.

Broccoli

  • Family: Brassicaceae
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  • Flavor: rich, nutty taste
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Broccoli is a highly nutritious and vitamin-rich green that can be grown as a microgreen.

Broccoli microgreens come in a variety of types including green and purple.

It has a rich, nutty taste and aroma that can be used in stir-fries, sandwiches, or soups.

Cabbage Microgreens

  • Family: Brassicaceae
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Cabbage microgreens are mild in flavor and have an earthy taste.

You can grow various types including red/purple, green, or white (a pale green).

Cabbage Microgreens can be used in stir-fry dishes or sandwiches for extra crunch.

Carrot

  • Family: Apiaceae
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  • Flavor: sweet and earthy flavor
  • Color: pale yellow, green
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Carrots are a common garden vegetable that can be grown as microgreens. Carrot greens have a pale yellow color and crunchy texture.

Micro carrots have a sweet taste with an earthy flavor and they can be used in salads, sandwiches, or as a garnish for soups.

Various types of carrots can also be grown including Red Cored Chantenay and White Marble F1 varieties.

Related article: How to grow carrot microgreens

Cauliflower

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  • Days to Harvest: 9-12 days
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Cauliflower microgreens are white with a small green “sprout” that connects them to the stem.

The taste can be described as peppery and a little earthy, and is not as strong as its mature counterpart. Cauliflower contains nutrients such as vitamin C and K, which help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other types of diseases.

Celery

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  • Pre-Soak: Yes, around 18-24 hours

Celery microgreens are a mild-flavored green that can be used in soups, sandwiches, or stir-fry.

Celery is thought to aid digestion and protect against heart disease. Micro celery comes in a range of types including green and red. While it doesn’t have that hard snap you think of when it comes to celery, their microgreens have that fun flavor.

Chia

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  • Flavor: nutty, and slightly sweet flavor
  • Color: Light green
  • Pre-Soak: No
chia microgreens

Remember Chia Pets? Well, they’re pretty much chia microgreens that grow in a specific shape to make some art kids loved.

Chia microgreens come from a seed that is high in omega 3 fatty acids. Chia seeds and microgreens are very tiny and crunchy and have a neutral, nutty taste with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

The types of microgreens available include red/green and white.

They can be used eaten raw or cooked- they add texture when mixed in with other types of greens.

Cilantro

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Cilantro microgreens are part of the coriander plant family and come from cilantro seeds. Cilantro microgreens have a slightly peppery taste and can be used in Asian-inspired dishes.

Cilantro is rich in antioxidants that help boost your immune system, prevent disease, promote weight loss, keep skin healthy, fight inflammation, increase energy, and more.

Corn

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  • Days to Harvest: 6-7 days
  • Flavor: Sweet corn flavor
  • Color: Yellow/green
  • Pre-Soak: 8-12 hours
corn microgreens

Corn shoots are notorious for being super quick growers, ready to harvest in about a week. These are one of the fastest-growing microgreens, as they’ll be ready in only 6-7 days.

They are also very unique in the sense that they are grown completely in the dark. Whoa…

If you’re interested, this is how you can grow corn shoots.

They taste similar to cob corn; however, they have a sweeter flavor. They can be used in soups, stews, and stir-fries.

Corn microgreens are available in types including types like Cream Crown, yellow types like Golden Bantam, and multicolored types including white types Cream Crown White Corn.

Cucumber

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  • Flavor: Herbal cucumber flavor
  • Color: Green, broad leaves
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Micro cucumber has broad, flat leaves that have a crisp, tender consistency. Cucumber microgreens can be added to salads for a bit of freshness, and goes well with herbs.

Cress

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 7-14 days
  • Flavor: Sweet, peppery flavor
  • Color: Green with white stems
  • Pre-Soak: No

Cress is one of the more popular options among microgreens growers because they are easy, delicious and make any dish look 10 times better.

Cress microgreens come in a variety of types and have a sweet, peppery flavor.

They can be eaten raw or added to sandwiches as garnish or added to soups for extra flavor.

Cress is high in vitamins C and K, as well as iron. It contains cancer-fighting properties which makes it a healthy option for salads or sandwiches.

Dill

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 13-15 days
  • Flavor: Muted dill flavor, zest
  • Color: Green with pink-white stems
  • Pre-Soak: No

Dill microgreens add a zest to food, and has long slender leaves with a bit of the scraggly dill look as well.

Micro dill has a fresh, herbal taste that has a muted flavor of the mature herb.

Dill microgreens are popular in Asian cooking, and it can also be mixed with sour cream for a unique flavor. It can be used in soups or salads- it’s crunchy texture adds texture to the dish, as well as a fresh taste.

Endive

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 12-14 days
  • Flavor: Slightly bitter flavor
  • Color: Light green
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Endive can replace lettuce in things like sandwiches and salads.

Endive microgreens have a slightly bitter taste with some notes of nuttiness. They can be used in soups and stir-fry dishes to add texture.

Endive is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E.

Fennel

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 10-14 days
  • Flavor: Mild anise
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: No

Fennel microgreens are a mildly flavored green that’s available in types such as red/green, yellow/red, and white.

The taste is similar to anise or licorice and can be used in salads or sandwiches for flavor. They’re a great addition to Italian and Indian type dishes.

Fennel microgreens are also thought to be good for the digestion system as well as being high in fiber.

Flax

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Flax microgreens are grown from the seeds of flax plants.

Microflax has a mild nutty and slightly sweet flavor. It is available as green, orange/red, or white types.

It can be used to add texture and crunch to salads or sandwiches.

Garlic

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  • Flavor: Mild garlic flavor
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Garlic microgreens as often called garlic chives, and can grow up to 12 inches tall!

They give you a delicious flavor of garlic, but don’t take 8 months to grow! 🙂

You can add these to salads, sandwiches, and even things like baked potatoes or as a garnish elsewhere.

Garlic is good for you- it is said to help lower cholesterol and protect against certain types of cancer.

Kale Microgreens

  • Family: Brassicaceae
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  • Flavor: Nutty, similar to mustard greens but not as spicy
  • Color: Dark green leaves with pink and purple stems
  • Pre-Soak: No

Red Russian kale is one of my favorite varieties, and growing it as a microgreen is so much fun. You get the same color as you do with full-size kale, plus a better-tasting nutty flavor.

Kale microgreens are an excellent source of Vitamin K, which strengthens bones and keeps them healthy. It is also very high in Vitamin C, a nutrient that helps your body ward off disease. Kale has cancer-fighting properties and contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Leeks

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 10-12 days
  • Flavor: Onion-y flavor
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: No

Leeks are similar to growing onion microgreens, and come out with a punch of flavor. Leek microgreens are popular with chefs for their delightful flavor and texture.

Leek types to grow include available types such as Comanche, Jumper, and Rally F1 varieties.

They come out as a long, stringy grass-looking plant.

Lentils

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Lentil microgreens are small and dark green. They have a nutty, earthy flavor and are frequently used in Indian dishes.

Micro Lentils can be used in salads, sandwiches, and soups for extra flavor.

Lentil types include:

– French Green Puy – green with a pointed tip – is common in mixing types of greens

– Castelluccio (Tuscan) – is red/purple in color

Learn how to grow lentil microgreens here.

Lettuce

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 8-13 days
  • Flavor: Similar to regular lettuce, not a huge flavor boost
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  • Pre-Soak: No
micro lettuce

Lettuce microgreens are mild in taste and can be used in salads or sandwiches.

You can grow any type of lettuce in a microgreen format. Lettuces are low in calories and high in fiber, full of vitamins A & C, and protein. They have been shown to possibly help reduce the risk of cancer.

Mesclun mix microgreens are a mixed pack containing many different varieties of lettuce and other greens.

Lettuce types include:

– Oak Leaf – has a red stem and is similar in taste to regular lettuce

– Loose Leaved Red Salad Bowl types of microgreens

– Romaine types of microgreens

Melon Micros

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 8-10 days
  • Flavor: Fresh melon flavor
  • Color: Deep green
  • Pre-Soak:
micro melons

What a fun change! You can eat melon microgreens like watermelon, cantaloupe, and more. These grow super fast in the right conditions, making them pretty easy to grow.

Cantaloupe is one of the more common melon microgreen types and has a nice, fresh cantaloupe flavor.

Melon Micros are an amazing addition to a summer salad and add a little juicy crunch to other dishes.

Mint

  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 7-14 days
  • Flavor: Sweet, mild flavor
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: No

Mint microgreens are a mild-tasting herb that has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid and to relax the body and mind, so it makes for an excellent microgreen.

Micro mint types include red spearmint, apple mint, chocolate mint, white peppermint, and purple (or “Black”) mint. Mint types can be used as a garnish on top of dishes, or added to smoothies and desserts.

Mint types such as apple mint contain high levels of antioxidants that help boost the immune system, fight bacteria, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, protect against heart disease and cancer.

Mustard Greens

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 7-14 days
  • Flavor: Spicy, mustard flavor
  • Color: Pale green with white stems
  • Pre-Soak: No
micro mustard

Mustard microgreens come in a range of types including yellow, red/orange, and white.

They can be used raw or cooked- they add texture and color when mixed in with other types of greens.

Oh, and that flavor you might expect from mustard microgreens? Well, it’s there too! The spicy, mustard-y flavor comes packed with nutrients as you would expect from a microgreen.

Oat Grass

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  • Flavor: Strong bitter taste
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oatgrass

Oat grass is similar to wheatgrass and you can grow it 10 inches tall! It’s also called groats and oat straw.

Oat grass tastes great in salads, and it can also be blended into a smoothie or juiced. This microgreen contains many types of nutrients including essential amino acids and minerals like magnesium and calcium that give it its vibrant green color. It has a strong bitter taste but is so full of nutrients that many people will overlook that and just blend into a smoothie or cover up with other ingredients.

Oat grass has a deep green color and a strong bitter taste you might want to cover up.

Onions

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 14-21 days
  • Flavor: Strong onion flavor with a hint of garlic
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: 2-6 hours
micro onions

Onion microgreens are a great next step for intermediate or advanced microgreen growers. They’re not the easiest to grow, but they’re super versatile and can be a fun new experiment.

Micro onions can be used to replace spring onions in any recipe. They look like little blades of grass when ready to be harvested.

Oregano

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  • Flavor: Powerful, spicy flavor
  • Color: Pale green leaves
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micro oregano

Oregano microgreens are a slightly less popular variety that is full of flavor and will add pizzazz to any recipe.

Oregano is also good for you – it is thought to aid digestion, treat coughs and colds, improve your immune system, as well as mental health. Most types of oregano are grown as

Usually, microgreens have a more muted taste, but oregano is the opposite. Oregano microgreens often have a stronger flavor than mature oregano.

Micro oregano can be used in sauces, soups, and any Italian dishes you might want to add a little spice to.

Pea Shoots

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  • Flavor: Sweet, pea taste
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pea shoots

Pea shoots are a popular type of microgreens – they’re crunchy with a delicate sweet pea flavor, and they’re super easy to grow.

Green pea shoots are a variety that contains chlorophyll and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E.

You don’t need to soak them before planting; just put the seeds in some warm water for 5 minutes and then sow them in your microgreen trays.

Pea Shoots can be used raw or cooked; they taste great when added to salads or soups. They are also a popular choice for use in stir-fry dishes.

Pumpkin

  • Family: Cucurbitaceae
  • Days to Harvest:
  • Flavor: Sweet, but also bitter
  • Color: Deep green
  • Pre-Soak: Yes, 6-12 hours
pumpkin microgreens

You can eat pumpkin microgreens as long as the pumpkins weren’t treated by the farmer, but they do taste pretty strange. They have a sweet flavor on the front end, but a bitter taste on the back end.

Quinoa

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  • Days to Harvest: 10-14 days
  • Flavor: Mild, nutty flavor
  • Color: Green
  • Pre-Soak: Yes, 8-12 hours

Even if you can’t say it properly, you can grow it! These are pretty easy to grow and taste great.

Quinoa microgreens come from tiny, round seeds that germinate into a delicious leafy green you can use however you’d like.

Quinoa microgreens have a nutty, but neutral taste and can be added to salads or stir fry dishes.

They contain omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help protect against asthma and some types of cancer.

Radish Microgreens

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One of the more popular types of microgreens, micro radish has a stunning appearance and great flavor. There are plenty of types of radish you can use as microgreens, but most have dark green leaves, with beautiful white or red stems. Growing radish microgreens is pretty easy and they have an awesome look to them.

Radish microgreens have a spicy flavor that’s perfect for adding to sandwiches or salads.

Micro radish can be used in many recipes due to their versatility. Radishes are considered to be a superfood, because they’re high in vitamin C and contain many types of antioxidants.

Sage

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 14-21 days
  • Flavor: Mild sage flavor
  • Color: Deep green with pale green stems
  • Pre-Soak: No

Sage microgreens have a strong flavor similar to thyme and oregano. They are one of the microgreens that take a while to reach harvest time – around 2-3 weeks.

These might be a little tricky to sell at a profit for microgreens farmers because of the higher price of seeds, and the longer growing time.

Spinach Microgreens

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 10-13 days
  • Flavor: Muted spinach taste
  • Color: Green with pale, sometimes red stems
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micro spinach

Spinach microgreens are mild and taste like their mature leaves, but a little more muted.

They can be eaten raw, in salads or used in soups or sandwiches. Spinach is good for your skin as well as helping you to keep fit because it’s full of iron and calcium.

Spinach microgreens types include red/green types, including types with white stems.

They can be used in salads, sandwiches or soups.

Here is how you can get started growing spinach microgreens.

Sunflower

  • Family:
  • Days to Harvest: 9-12 days
  • Flavor: slightly sweet, nutty flavor
  • Color: Green leaves, pale stems
  • Pre-Soak: 12-18 hours

Sunflower microgreens are one of my favorite types because they’re easy to grow and taste great!

They have a slightly sweet, nutty flavor with the texture of alfalfa sprouts.

Sunflower microgreens can be used in sandwiches and salads or even as garnishes for entrees. These types of greens are also popular for their nutrient content.

Swiss Chard

  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Days to Harvest: 10 days
  • Flavor: bitter with an earthy aftertaste
  • Color: dark red-maroon leaves and deep yellow stems.
  • Pre-Soak: 4 hours
swiss chard microgreens

Micro Swiss chard has a slightly bitter taste typically used as a garnish or on mixed greens salads. Swiss chard microgreens are rich in Vitamin A and C.

Part of the beet family, these microgreens will look similar to micro beets.

Plant Swiss chard microgreens with a pre-soak of 4 hours and harvest after 10 days.

Micro Swiss chard is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and Vitamins A & C.

Swiss Chard Microgreens are also known for their ability to boost metabolism, aid in the digestion process and help relieve symptoms associated with arthritis.

Learn how to grow swiss chard microgreens in this article.

Wasabi

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Talk about adding a spicy kick to your dishes! Wasabi microgreens are fun to grow because they’re not what you’d typically expect.

Wasabi microgreens are spicy, pungent, and slightly sweet. They’re also very crunchy. Be careful not to add too many to your dish – just like the mature version, the heat can be overpowering on your palate if you aren’t careful.

Watercress

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micro cress

Watercress is included in many types of salads and antipasti – it has a very fresh flavor that adds a nice crispness to your dishes.

You’ll have more success with watercress microgreens if you use distilled or purified water to soak them in because they’re not very tolerant of hard waters. It’s also important to keep the water clean and cool – not cold, but room temperature or slightly below.

Wheatgrass

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  • Color: Deep green
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wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is what you’ll typically find as an optional add-on at a smoothie joint. It’ll give a smoothie that deep green color and pack it with nutrients.

Wheatgrass microgreens are a great addition to your diet because they contain many of the same nutrients that you’ll find in wheat, but without all of the gluten. Wheatgrass also has many types of enzymes that can help detoxify your body, and provide you with essential amino acids.

The types of microgreens we just looked at are some of the most popular types of greens

Which Types of Microgreens Can You NOT Eat?

Nightshades should never be grown as microgreens. The greens contain toxic compounds that will make you pretty sick.

These include plants like:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplants
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers

Whether you want to enjoy these types of greens raw or cooked with other ingredients, it’s easy to find what flavor suits your palate best by browsing through this list of popular types. If all this talk about healthy eating has got you ready for springtime planting (or shopping!), we have plenty more content where these came from!

So now you know which types of microgreens are ideal for your garden and which types to avoid growing. Happy planting!

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