Rocket Microgreens – 2,000 Seeds
Mr. FotherGill’s from UK
Rocket is an annual edible plant in the family of Brassicaceae, used as a leaf vegetable for its fresh, tart, bitter, and peppery flavor, which is widely popular as a salad vegetable. Rocket is native to the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal in the west to Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Turkey in the east.
Rocket is an easy-to-grow crop that adds a lovely peppery flavor to salads. The younger leaves are milder, more tender, and delicately flavored. Rocket is rich in potassium and vitamin C.
But in this guide, we will talk about rocket microgreens, which contain 10 times the nutrients that can be found in mature rocket leaves, in addition to their fast growth and concentrated taste.
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– Rocket microgreens are the mini version of the spicy mature leaves. Growing rocket as microgreens gives the same delicious peppery taste as the full-sized grown ones. These small leaves are full of nutrition and add a unique tangy flavor to any salad and pasta dish and they are great to put on your sandwich.
– Rocket consists of a wide range of health-promoting properties such as phytochemicals including Vitamin C, carotenoids, dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin K, polyphenols and glucosinolates. This compound has strong protective agents to our body and can help prevent several serious diseases. Due to their nutritional contents, it is quite beneficial to the human body.
*Cleanses the colon
*Promotes healthy digestion
*Protects the kidney
*Maintains a healthy skin
*Helps with weight loss
*Reduces the risk of heart disease
*Increases fluid intake
*Promotes a healthy pregnancy
– Botanically, rocket belongs to the Erucagenus in the Brassicaceae family.
– With a Mediterranean origin, it was traditionally collected in the wild or grown at home gardens along with other herbs such as parsley and basil. Nowadays the adult version of the vegetable can be bought rinse-ready in supermarkets.
– Rockets as microgreens are commonly used by chefs in restaurants to add a tasty flavor to culinary dishes.
– These spicy leaves are filled with health benefits and are low in calories. The Rocket microgreens contain a good amount of vitamins A, C and K.
– They are also packed with Calcium which is necessary for bone health, tooth health, muscle function, and nerve function. Other vital nutrients are Potassium and Folate.
– Pre-soaking: It needs pre-soaking in chilly water. (no less than 2 hours and no more than 8 hours)
– Growing Methods: Hydroponic and soil
– Estimated Time to Harvest: 10: 20 days
– Darkness: Needs darkness during the period of germination
– Darkening Period: 48 hours
– Germination Time: 3 to 7 days
– Nutrients: phytochemicals including Vitamin C, carotenoids, dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin K, polyphenols and glucosinolates
– Microgreen Flavor: Tangy and peppery
– Microgreen Texture: Soft
– Preferred Growing Medium: Hydroponic and soil mix of cocopeat and vermiculite
– Microgreen Color: Green
Empty the growing media into the planting container until you fill most of the black part. (Preferably a mixture of cocopeat and vermiculite with a ratio of 90:10) then use the sprayer to make it very wet.
Soak 1 pack of seeds for several hours (2-8 hours), then clean them from the soaking water and use a spoon to distribute evenly on the growing media.
Spread the seeds to cover most of the growing media, leaving 1 cm from the edges of the container, for aeration, watering and also to easily cut your greens later.
Try to make very small spaces (0.5 mm) between the seeds with a toothpick (for aeration).
Spray the box with water until everything is very wet, including the inside of the cover, to create a humid environment.
Put the container in a very dark area for at least 48 hours
After 48 hours, remove the cover to let the oxygen in and check the length of your greens then spray with water if needed.
When the seeds complete germination and sprout, put the cover upside down on top of the tiny plants for an additional 24 hours. To keep the cover secure, put a small weight on top of the cover.
It is preferable to leave them in the dark until the sprouts push the cover upwards as they grow. The sprouts will stretch upward in search of the sun or the light, this strengthens them and makes them more nutritious and easier to harvest when they are longer than the edge of the container.
Remove the cover and take into consideration that the container must be placed in a bright place until its color turns green through the process of photosynthesis.
Keep an eye on the water, always make sure the media is completely wet, but not submerged in water.
Start harvesting when your leaves are tall and green enough (about the length of your small finger or they are 5-10 cm high)
Use thin scissors to cut your needed amount of greens, harvest right above the growing medium and add to your delicious meals. It is possible to harvest daily until the microgreens run out and the process is repeated again after cleaning the box.
Follow up on the water and make sure that the soil does not dry out before the buds appear and make sure that it is dark for at least 48 hours.
After the appearance of sprouts and germination, irrigation is reduced to only keeping the soil wet and not submerged.
In some cases, the beginnings of rot may appear at the stem in the sprouts, which means that the sprouts need more aeration and the seeds were put very close together. The solution is very easy, oxygen water is bought from the pharmacy and diluted in the spray water, and once sprayed, it will disappear and the oxygen will be vaporized, and it becomes plain water. This white fungus is harmless and is easily treated.
On some winter days, the growth of greens may be a little slow, as well as the germination, so the seeds can be left in a place, for example, 72 hours instead of 48 hours.
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