Common name: Sunflower, Suryamukhi
Scientific name: Helianthus annuus
Pre soak: 8-12 hours
Germination time: 2-3 days
Harvest time; 8-12 days
Nutrition: Protein, calcium and iron, 8 essential amino acids, Vitamin A/C/K/D, Vitamin B complex, folic acid, and various trace minerals..
Health benefits: Lower blood cholesterol, teeth and bone health, regulate hormones, heart health
Sunflower is one of the most popular microgreens. It is crunchy, pleasantly nutty and slightly sweet in flavor, makes it a great choice for almost any salad mix. Even kids love to snack on it too. Sunflower can be grown on both the hydroponic medium or in the soil. Even easier, you can soak the seed in a jar for about 8-12 hours, you will see some seeds are sprouting and you can then transfer them to the soil.
Microgreens are richer sources of various micronutrient especially vitamins and minerals. Some of the lipophilic vitamins are much higher in microgreens than mature parts. Like vitamin E content of microgreens is forty times higher than the mature parts. Anti-nutritional factors like nitrates and nitrite contents are low in microgreens. In addition to this microgreens are a dense source of various bioactive compounds. Microgreens are used in salads, sandwich and soups. It can also be used for stuffing parantha and other Indian foods.