Cress Microgreens: Grow An Intense Burst of Nutrition in Days

Microgreen growing tips

Cress is an excellent microgreen choice if you want to add a little spice. These easy-to-grow cress microgreens will wake up your taste buds with their intense peppery flavor. 

Cress microgreens

What are the nutritional benefits of Cress Microgreens?

Cress microgreens are an excellent source of vitamins C and E. They also have high amounts of carotenoids that become vitamin A when consumed.

How to Grow Sow Right Seeds Cress Microgreens

  • Cress seeds do not need to be soaked before sprouting. 
  • Spread the cress seeds onto a damp growing medium. 
  • Cover the seeds and keep them away from light for 4 - 5 days
  • This is the blackout period referred to on the seed packet. 
  • Keep the seeds moist by misting them with water from a spray bottle. 
  • Maintain an average room temperature. 
  • Check daily and mist as needed to keep them moist. Cress seeds don’t need much water to sprout. 
  • Once the cress seeds have sprouted, remove the cover and expose the seedlings to direct light
  • The light during this growth period is vital for sunflower microgreens. The bright green color that develops during the photosynthesis process creates higher levels of vitamins and nutrients. 
  • Continue keeping the seeds moist until they’re ready to harvest.
broccoli and cress microgreens

When and how to harvest Cress Microgreens

Within 8-12 days, when cress seedlings are about 2 inches tall, they will be ready to harvest. The seed leaves (cotyledons) will be fully grown, and the first set of true leaves will be growing. 

Use scissors to cut the greens just above the soil. 

Then rinse in cool water if needed. 

Use immediately or place in the fridge and consume within a few days.

Enjoying your fresh cress microgreens

Cress microgreens add a peppery flavor that works well with all kinds of vegetable dishes as well as meats and grains. 

Their leafy shape adds a nice touch of visual interest when used as a garnish. 

They will look beautiful and add flavor when sprinkled on a bowl of soup.

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