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Violet Broccoli Microgreen Seeds – 10 Grams

85 EGP

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Sativa Seeds from Italy (GMO FREE DECLARATION)

*What are microgreens?

Microgreens are the sprouted seeds of various leafy greens. The seeds are grown in small, shallow containers, like Harraz microgreens kit, which makes them easier to grow and harvest.

In addition to Broccoli microgreens, you can sprout beets, radishes, celery, basil, and dill.

Microgreen production isn’t expensive or time-consuming, it can be grown on a large-scale or at home and it is very simple.

*Violet Broccoli Microgreens:

Broccoli is an edible plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head, stalk, and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable. 

Broccoli is classified to be in the “Italica cultivar “ group of the “Brassica oleracea” species.

Violet broccoli microgreens, however, look different from their full-grown vegetables in terms of shape, size and color. Yet it tastes similar. 

Violet broccoli is one of the ideal microgreens to grow. They are not the kind of variety you will commonly find available in grocery stores. 

They grow tiny violet shoots and are full of nutrients and antioxidants that are very beneficial to the body. People use full-grown broccoli as a side dish by itself or mixed in other dishes, however, violet broccoli can be eaten raw in salads, green mixes, smoothies or as a garnish.

The violet color of broccoli is due to the anthocyanins found in them. Anthocyanins are blue, red, or violet pigments found in plants, especially flowers, fruits, and tubers. In acidic conditions, anthocyanin appears as red pigment while blue pigment anthocyanin exists in alkaline conditions. Monero et al. (2010) studied the properties of acylated anthocyanins in broccoli and found the color of violet-sprouting broccoli to be the result of the presence of anthocyanins.

We are pleased to take you on a quick tour and explain how to grow broccoli by yourself using seeds, simply by using Harraz farm and Garden’s experience and growing guidelines.

General Info

  • Violet-sprouting broccoli was found to contain higher contents of antioxidant compounds compared with green broccoli, but tended to show higher sensitivity to cooking treatments.

  • One cup of broccoli has as much vitamin C as an orange. You need this antioxidant to protect your cells from damage and promote healing throughout your body.

  • Broccoli is also rich in vitamins and minerals like:

  1. Calcium

  2. Iron

  3. Phosphorous

  4. Potassium

  5. Zinc

  6. Thiamine

  7. Riboflavin

  8. Niacin

  9. Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E and K

  10. Folate

  • On top of all the vitamins and minerals it contains, broccoli is full of many natural chemicals that scientists are still learning about. Among these is a sulfur compound called sulforaphane, which may help with certain health conditions. These include:

  1. Diabetes

  2. Cancer

  3. Schizophrenia

  • Other natural plant compounds in broccoli called carotenoids have health benefits, too. They can help lower your chances of getting heart disease and boost your immune system, your body’s defense against germs.

Growing Guidelines

– 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: 8 – 12 days

– Darkness: Needs darkness during the germination period

– Darkening Period: 2 – 4 days

– Germination Time: 2 to 3 days

– Nutrients: antioxidants

– Microgreen Flavor: Fresh Cabbage

– Microgreen Texture: Soft

– Preferred Growing Medium: Hydroponic and soil mix of cocopeat and vermiculite

– Microgreen Color: Violet

1- 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.

2- 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.

3- 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.

4- Try to make very small spaces (0.5 mm) between the seeds with a toothpick (for aeration).

5- Spray the box with water until everything is very wet, including the inside of the cover, to create a humid environment.

6- Put the container in a very dark area for at least 48 hours

7- After 48 hours, remove the cover to let the oxygen in and check the length of your greens then spray with water if needed.

8- When the seeds complete germination and sprout, put the cover upside down on top of the tiny plants for additional 24 hours. To keep the cover secure, put a small weight on top of the cover.

9- 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 for 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.

10- 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.

11- Keep an eye on the water, always make sure the media is completely wet, but not submerged in water.

12- Start harvesting when your leaves are tall and green enough (about the length of your small finger or they are 5-10 cm high)

13- Use thin scissors to cut your needed amount of greens, harvest right above the growing media 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.

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Important Tips

– 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 appearing of sprouts, irrigation is reduced to minimal amounts, only keeping the soil wet and not submerged.

– In some cases, the beginnings of rot may appear at the stem level of 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 with spray water, once you spray it, the oxygen will disappear and vaporize 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 almost 72 hours instead of 48 hours.

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