Here we address some of the frequently asked questions we receive on a daily basis. If you have any questions that are not mentioned below, please reach out to us through our contact page and we'll respond as soon as possible!
When will I get my microgreens after I place an order?
As long as your order is in by 6PM on any given Monday, your microgreens will be delivered the Friday of the following week. So, if you happened to place an order on Thursday October 1st, your order would not be planted until the following Monday, October 5th. They would be delivered after the 10-day growth cycle, on the Friday of the following week, October 16th. While dealing with such a fragile crop, freshness is imperative, which is why subscriptions are also so beneficial. We guarantee they will be worth the wait!
How long do microgreens stay fresh?
It depends mostly on the temperature in your refrigerator, but being stored away from vents or fans and in the crisper will always extend the life of your greens. On average, microgreens can remain fresh from 7-10 days.
Can I cancel my "Subscribe & Save" subscription?
Of course, you can! Keep in mind, that once you cancel your subscription, you will have to contact us to reactivate it. This is done to stop people from selecting the "Subscribe & Save" option on every order to save 5%, immediately cancel it and try to activate it again on their next order to save 5% again. Basically, it's to stop people from doing something that they know isn't right but they do it anyway to save a buck or two, which greatly interferes with the fluidity of our process.
Do microgreens really have the health benefits that you state on your website?
Absolutely! If you research the health benefits of microgreens, you'll find a plethora of studies that show how powerful these little greens are. Check out these resources we have selected to share! These are just the small version of the larger plant but with up to 40x more nutrients! So whenever you read about the health benefits of other vegetables, it applies to microgreens as well! Please keep in mind, these are not our claims and we do not, in any way, say that these are miracle greens that can cure everything. We use widely available scientific studies to make our own assumptions based on the facts. We highly recommend you do your own research before making a purchase so you fully understand what microgreens are.
Is it ok if I cut them and store them in ziplock sandwich bags or containers?
Yes, you can cut your microgreens and store them in ziplock bags or Tupperware containers. When putting them in bags, make sure the microgreens are dry and you press out as much air as possible. This will keep them fresher, longer.
With that said, if you have ordered a full tray, we don't recommend cutting your microgreens and storing them in this fashion. You just purchased "living" microgreens that have all of the nutrients mother nature put in them. Once you cut your microgreens, they begin to lose their nutritional value. This goes for all vegetables. That's why we chose to deliver our microgreens still alive so you can harvest and eat them with the maximum health benefits they offer.
Do microgreens need to be washed before eating them?
According to the USDA (United States Agriculture Department), it is recommended that all produce should be rinsed before consumption. Just make sure to give them a very quick rinse with filtered water and try not to soak your microgreens when rinsing them. Rinsing your microgreens will wash off any seed hulls as well. If you happen to eat a seed hull, they are edible and considered a good source of fiber, although potentially undesirable.
Can I cook with microgreens?
No. You cannot cook your microgreens. Since these little greens are still in their infancy, if you subject them to high heat, they will quickly break down and lose all of their nutrients. Therefore, we recommend adding them to your dish once it's ready to be served. If you're having hot soup, drop your microgreens in right before you're about to eat. This is ok. It will still retain all of their nutrients because it's not actually being cooked.
Can I dehydrate my microgreens and put them in smoothies?
Yes. We actually recommend dehydrating microgreens if you have some left over and they look like they're about to spoil. Smoothies with an added spoonful of microgreens powder can really pack a healthy punch!
Are they organic?
We are not certified organic growers. Our growing method is considered organic because we don't use any fertilizers, pesticides or soil that might be contaminated. Plus we only use Non-GMO seeds and purified water. So technically, it is organic growing, or as close to organic as you can possibly get.
Can microgreens be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze microgreens, but it is not recommended. When you freeze any plants or vegetables, they can lose 40% to 60% of their nutrients! Therefore, we highly recommend dehydrating your microgreens instead. Dehydrating results in a nutrient loss of only 3-5% and retains flavors better than canning or freezing. You can use the dehydrated microgreens in smoothies or sprinkle on your food for an extra kick of flavor and nutrients.
How do I know if my microgreens are spoiled because I've had them for too long?
There are a few ways to tell that your microgreens are about to expire and should be either thrown away.
*The leaves begin to shrivel up. Once you see this happening, it means the water content of the microgreens is no longer existent. Basically, they are losing their nutrients. You can still consume them at this stage but they won't taste as fresh or provide that nutritional punch that you're looking for.
*They begin to smell really bad. As with all produce, once they start to decay, they give off a foul odor. Keep in mind, that some microgreens don't smell that great to begin with. For instance, take broccoli. It's one of the most powerful microgreens but the smell isn't much to be desired. So don't think it's bad just because it smells a bit. You should be able to smell the difference of decaying produce and ones that just don't smell great based on the particular variety.
*The stems become mushy. This is usually where decay begins. Too much moisture can decay any produce.