Using Microgreens to Add Color and Flavor to Your Cooking

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There’s a reason why photo-sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram are full of pictures of food. Most people want their food to look as good as it tastes. And a truly memorable presentation really stands out. That’s why professional chefs in the world of haute cuisine have been using microgreens and edible flowers as food accents. These small decorations add a unique touch of color to any dish, as well as a burst of flavor. True leaf microgreens come in many different varieties. Home chefs and moms wanting to use these should get their microgreens from a specialist grower.

But does it look good?
Food is meant to be admired before it is eaten. Maybe the psychologists have an explanation for this, which might tell us why people like to share pictures of their food on social media sites. Further, it seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. These could be artistic designs in foam on a cup of cappuccino, or edible blossoms decorating a birthday cake.
In fact, one of the largest groups on the photo-sharing site Flickr is called “I Ate This”. Its 19,000 members have shared over 300,000 pictures of food. That also makes it one of the most active groups on that site. Chefs have always known that food presentation matters. That’s one of the reasons why they have taken to using true leaf micro greens to accent their dishes with a dramatic touch of color and flavor.

What are micro greens?
True leaf microgreens are tiny vegetables, with a stem and leaves. They’re not baby vegetables, or immature ones picked at an early stage. True leaf microgreens come in a number of varieties, including kale, broccoli, carrots, beets, and more. Not surprisingly, microgreens made their first appearance in fine dining establishments in California some 20 to 30 years ago.
Since that time, they have gained a fixed spot in the world of haute cuisine. Chefs value the touch of intense color and flavor they give to any dish. Home chefs and moms have started using these tiny vegetables as well, to add color and taste. Microgreens can be added to just about any dish, salad, or sandwich to make a unique meal.

Care and handling
Microgreens need special care and handling, which is why it’s best to buy them from a specialist produce grower rather than trying to grow your own. They must be picked at exactly the right time for maximum freshness and taste. To preserve their taste and quality, they should be kept at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius or 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Micro greens should be consumed within a few days to get the most out of their taste. They should also be washed carefully before eating. Most chefs don’t recommend cooking microgreens, but just adding them as food accents.

Microgreens are tiny vegetables that add taste and color to food. Long popular in the world of haute cuisine, they are making an appearance in homes and kitchens as well. True leaf microgreens don’t need any cooking, but can just be added as food accents to all kinds of entrees, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

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