Nutritional benefits of cress microgreens
Vitamins are an essential part of anyone’s diet and cress microgreens are a good provider of many of them, including B1, B2, B6, C and E. They also contain essential mineral salts such as iron, manganese, calcium and phosphorus. The presence of these nutrients means that cress is a good natural diuretic and that it helps the body’s digestive system.
Cress microgreens have properties that make them valuable to health in several different ways.
- Help with anemia as it contains folic acid and iron;
- provide protection from infections;
- keep skin hydrated and in good condition;
- helps to strengthen hair and nails;
- improve blood circulation;
- assist in reducing blood glucose levels, making it useful for anyone suffering from diabetes;
- help to improve memory and clarity of thought.
The health benefits that they provide means that cress is a popular cooking ingredient with professional chefs and home cooks.
Taste and use of cress microgreens
Cress microgreens are a fresh and appealing addition to a salad, especially when mixed with a small amount of lemon juice to bring out its flavour.
They can also be mixed with various salad fillings and added as a topping to a low-fat cracker.
Many people use cress as a condiment to be added to dishes such as risotto and pasta on a regular basis. It can also be added to soup, to help give it an enticing aroma on a cold winter evening.
Remember that cress should never be cooked as this removes a lot of valuable nutrients. It’s also important to soak this vegetable for around fifteen minutes, before leaving it to dry, prior to using it to bring flavour to homemade food.
Ho piantato i semi direttamente in idrocoltura, ma si sono attaccati, essendo mucillaginosi, al cartone di copertura e ne ho dovuti buttare la metà. Ma questo non mi scoraggia, proverò a piantarli direttamente in terra e vedremo cosa succederà :-)