Aloha Oahu Fresh members! For the first week of February we’re bringing you a new item from a new farmer. We’re excited to introduce micro greens into our produce rotation, courtesy of Drylands Nursery in Mililani. We will also have japanese cucumber, cherry tomatoes, papaya, swiss chard, and braising greens this week.
Micro greens have become popular in recent years, but are often confused with sprouts. In fact, sprouts are grown differently, in water, and usually harvested in their entirety. Micro greens are grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs in soil (or other media) and are harvested when very young, maybe two weeks. At this point they have up to two sets of true leaves, and are cut but not pulled out of the ground. Sprouts are germinated seeds which are grown in water and exposed to low levels of light.
Micro greens have intense flavor and should be added to a salad or used with other foods with strong flavors. They are fragile though so a salad dressing that’s light would work well with them. Try this one, it’s easy and has only three ingredients:
For your other produce, here are a few ideas: