Microgreen Garden: Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Greens

Mark Mathew Braunstein
Microgreen Garden: Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Greens
2013, Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN

When you spy the vibrant colorful packages of gourmet microgreens in the produce aisle do you ever wonder, “Could I grow those delicious, ultra-expensive, oversized seedlings at home?” (You may also wonder if those tender greens were sprouted from treated seeds or were genetically modified!) Microgreen growing expert Mark Braunstein comes to the rescue of all want-to-be indoor year-round homegrowers of young vegetable seedlings, herbs, beans and grains with Microgreen Garden, an amazingly photographed step-by-step definitive guide that will have you munching on self sown and grown microgreens in no time. Well, actually it takes about four weeks from sowing till harvest. A long-time microgreen-eating vegan, Braunstein knows the tricks and pitfalls for the best harvest, and covers everything from seed sources to planting containers and mixes, and suggests the ten easiest microgreens for beginners. Napa cabbage tops the list, and lettuce is on there, too. Bok choy, also listed, is very easy to grow and the seeds come in many varieties. Eating bok choy microgreens raw may give your taste buds a challenge; traditionally bok choy is eaten mature and cooked, but since these seedlings are so nourishing and quick to grow, Braunstein says, “Embrace the challenge!” Microgreens are best eaten by themselves, raw, but chew them well! A few recipes such as fennel rice balls and a medley salad are tasty options.

Gail Lord is a freelance writer living in Massachusetts. Please send book review copies to 51 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519 or email socbookreviewer@gmail.com.