Looking for a low-effort way to vastly improve your diet?
Microgreens are having a moment and a new stand in the English Market makes for an easy way to get them into your fridge.
Green Spaces have set up a stand at MyGoodness, where they’re currently selling three varieties of microgreens; tiny, immature greens that contain all the vitamins and minerals found in the mature plant but in a higher concentration.
Think of them as cute mini salad ingredients with super powers.
Entrepreneur Ellie Donovan grows them alongside her fresh herbs and salads on her farm in Ballyvolane. While she mainly sells her produce to restaurants (you’ll find them on the menu at Market Lane, Castle Cafe, Orso, Elbow Lane and Blair’s Inn, to name but a few) now you’ll be able to buy them alongside your Raw Wrap and kombucha at My Goodness.
“This week there’s purple radish, pink kale and rocket.” Ellie told Yay Cork. “We will have peashoots, carrot and red amaranth next week.”
Ideal for anyone who’s not keen on eating salad but knows it’s good for them, microgreens are a great source of Vitamins, A, C and E, enzymes, antioxidants and lots of other compounds beneficial to health.
They are also pretty to look at (ideal for garnishing a dish or stirring through a pasta or stir-fry) and, because the flavour isn’t too strong, perfect for hiding in children’s meals or smoothies.
“We grow them in Ballyvolane in fully compostable trays.” Ellis continues.
“They are actually sushi trays from Down2earth materials in Togher. We grow in organic coco coir, the fibre from the shell of the coconut. This is a waste product of the food industry but it’s perfect for growing microgreens. It’s more sustainable than peat based compost and also avoids the bacteria associated with soil, so it’s much more favourable from a food safety perspective.”
Add them to your meals this week for instant vitamin and mineral boost.
Turns out it is, in fact, really easy being green.