Buckwheat microgreens are hardy delicious, and low maintenance, making them the perfect choice for those who are new to microgreen gardening. Buckwheat microgreens are ready for harvest in as little as 7 days. Once two green cotyledons open on their pinkish stems, it is time to harvest your buckwheat microgreens.
Buckwheat microgreens are tasty and tender. These tender microgreens have a tangy flavor with hints of citrus undertones, making them a perfect complement in smoothies and salads.
Buckwheat microgreens have been enjoyed in Asian countries for centuries. Today, people around the world enjoy these delicious microgreens because they are filled with nutrients. Buckwheat microgreens contain protein, fiber, vitamins (vitamin B, C, and K), and minerals (zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium). They also are rich in amino acids.
Buckwheat microgreens are naturally anti-inflammatory. They help regulate glucose levels, enhance the immune system, and improve skin health. Regular consumption of buckwheat microgreens reduces the risk of anemia, improves bone health, protects against asthma, and improves cholesterol levels.
Finally, these nutritious microgreens reduce the risk of certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer.
The following table provides an overview of buckwheat microgreens.
|Flavor||Buckwheat microgreens have a citrus-like flavor with tangy and tart undertones.|
|Pre-Soak (Yes/No)||Buckwheat microgreens should be presoaked for 12 to 24 hours.|
|Color||Buckwheat microgreens feature green leafy tops on yellow and red stems.|
|Germination Time||The germination period of buckwheat microgreens is 2 to 3 days.|
|Harvest Time||Buckwheat microgreens are ready to harvest within 7 to 14 days.|
|Green Thumb Level (1-5)||2-3 Buckwheat microgreens are easy to grow when you follow our step-by-step instructions.|
Buckwheat microgreens can be grown and enjoyed year-round thanks to our easy-to-follow instructions. Add these delectable microgreens to your sandwiches, smoothies, salads, and soups for a power-packed nutritional boost.
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions concerning buckwheat microgreens.
No, buckwheat microgreens do not regrow once you have harvested them. Once you have harvested your buckwheat microgreens, place your microgreen scraps and soil into your compost pile.
Buckwheat microgreens are extremely fast-growing microgreens. You can harvest your microgreens within 7 to 14 days from the day you plant buckwheat microgreens, depending on growing conditions.
Buckwheat microgreens are one of the easiest microgreens to grow. The materials used to grow buckwheat microgreens can be found at many retailers and online. Buckwheat microgreens can be grown in a variety of growing mediums. To help ensure a large harvest, follow our step-by-step guide on how to grow buckwheat microgreens. You can either choose a starter kit or buy individual pieces of equipment for growing buckwheat microgreens.
A buckwheat microgreens starter kit contains everything you need to grow microgreens. These kits are used by both new microgreen gardeners as well as expert microgreen gardeners. A starter kit will contain both the buckwheat microgreen seeds and the supplies needed for your microgreens.
If you prefer to purchase individual pieces of equipment needed to successfully grow buckwheat microgreens, here are the items that you will need.
Buckwheat microgreen seeds must be soaked for 12 to 24 hours before you plant them. A mason jar with a screw-top lid allows you to soak your buckwheat seeds easily. Then, when it is time to plant your seeds, unscrew the lid and drain the water before dumping your buckwheat microgreen seeds out on a paper towel.
Buckwheat microgreens can be grown in a variety of growing mediums. We have found that a seed starter soil often results in a larger crop.
Coconut Coir – Coconut Coir is a soilless growing medium that increases soil drainage and aeration.
Soil – A seed starter soil contains the right amount of nutrients to help your seeds get the boost they need for a large crop.
You will need two growing trays for each crop of buckwheat microgreens. One will need to have drain holes. The other one should not have drainage holes. We recommend using 10 inch by 20 inch growing trays; however, there is also 10 inch by 10 inch growing trays available.
Growing Tray with Drainage Holes - The growing tray with holes allows you to water from the bottom up.
Growing Trays without Holes - The growing tray without holes will be used to help germinate your buckwheat microgreens.
A misting bottle or misting spray can help you water your microgreen seeds without disturbing the delicate roots.
Buckwheat microgreens require light and actually prefer a full spectrum grow light rather than sunlight. If you decide to place your microgreens in a sunny window, the buckwheat seedlings will grow toward the sunlight, resulting in uneven growth. A grow light placed directly above your microgreens will help ensure they grow uniformly.
The ideal temperature for buckwheat microgreens is approximately 70° F. A heating mat allows you to set your soil temperature to 68 to 72° F. When using a heating mat, you want to ensure that your soil remains moist until you harvest your buckwheat microgreens.
A planting rack for your buckwheat microgreens allows you to attach grow lights to each shelf of your planting rack. A shelf also provides you with vertical growing space, which is great when you have limited space to dedicate to your microgreen gardening.
Microgreens are susceptible to mold and disease. A circulation fan helps to keep the delicate stems of buckwheat microgreens dry, which can reduce the risk of disease and mold.
Finally, you will need a high-quality seed if you want to have a large harvest. True Leaf Market offers some of the best buckwheat microgreen seeds on the market.
Organic Buckwheat Microgreens Seeds – Mountain Valley Seed Co. organic buckwheat microgreen seeds grow tall quickly and easily germinates. You can expect to harvest these organic seeds 7 to 14 days after planting.
Buckwheat microgreens are easy to grow when you know the proper steps to ensure a bountiful harvest. Here are the easiest and most proven techniques for growing buckwheat microgreens.
The first step when it comes to growing buckwheat microgreens is to presoak the seeds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. Once your seed has soaked for the recommended time, rinse the seeds well to remove any contaminants. After you have rinsed the seeds, lay them out on a clean paper towel while you prepare your growing trays.
We recommend planting your buckwheat microgreen seeds in seed starting soil. The soil should be fine-grained, which allows for even germination. Fill your growing tray with drainage holes approximately three quarters full. Then, use your misting bottle and wet the soil three times. Once you have thoroughly moistened the soil, use your other growing tray to gently tamp down the soil so it is level, making sure the soil extends to the corners of the tray.
Grab your pre-soaked and rinsed buckwheat microgreen seeds and sprinkle them across the surface of your seed starting soil. You will need approximately 71.5 grams of buckwheat microgreen seeds for a 10 inch by 20 inch growing tray. The seeds should be densely spread so when your buckwheat seeds germinate and grow, they will look similar to a patch of grass. Your seeds should be close together; however, they should not overlap. Gently press the seeds into the soil so they will stay where they were planted.
After you have tamped down the seeds, mist them with your mister, and then place the growing tray with no holes on top of your seeds. This will block out sunlight to help ensure proper germination. You will want to place a small weight on top of the growing tray to keep it in place for the next few days. Don’t worry about weight down your tray, buckwheat plants are stronger than you may realize. Buckwheat microgreens can lift five pounds.
It will take 2 to 4 days for your buckwheat microgreen seeds to germinate. During this time, the cover and weight should remain in place other than when you are checking the moisture level of your soil. If the soil begins drying out, use your misting bottle to mist the soil. You may need to do this a couple of times a day to keep your soil moist.
Once your buckwheat microgreens begin lifting the lid, it is time to remove the lid and place your microgreens under the grow lights on your planting shelf. In the beginning, your microgreens will be pale yellow; however, once they are exposed to your grow lights, they will quickly turn green.
Turn your circulation fan on and have it blow across your buckwheat microgreens. The airflow will reduce the risk of mold and mildew on your buckwheat greens. However, it should be noted that the constant airflow will require you to monitor the moisture level of your soil.
Throughout the growing process, you want to check the moisture level of your soil. Once your microgreens have sprouted, they are vulnerable to bacteria and mold. The surface of the soil should be dry; however, the soil under the surface should be moist. One of the best ways to keep the soil moist and your microgreens healthy is to water from the bottom.
Once you have removed the tray on top of your microgreens, place your growing tray with drainage holes inside the tray with no holes. Then, you can add water to the tray, this will allow the water to be absorbed through the drainage holes. Fill the bottom tray up with an inch or two of water and allow the soil to soak up the water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, drain the water from the growing tray with no holes. Repeat anytime your soil becomes dry.
Your buckwheat microgreens will be ready to harvest when your buckwheat microgreens have grown 2 to 4 inches high, and the two cotyledons have opened up. Harvesting during this time will ensure maximum flavor, nutrition, and texture. If you wait until the first set of true leaves develop, the microgreens can become tough and bitter.
When it is time to harvest your buckwheat microgreens, you may notice that some of your microgreens may have a seed hull still clinging on, you can remove them by gently brushing your palm across your buckwheat microgreens.
Once you have removed all the seed hulls, you will want to gather your harvesting supplies. You will need a clean pair of sharp scissors or a clean, sharp knife. This will allow you to cut the stems of your microgreens without damaging or bruising the stems.
Grasp the microgreens gently in one hand and cut approximately one quarter of an inch above the soil. This method will minimize the amount of soil on your buckwheat microgreens. You can either harvest all of your buckwheat microgreens at one time or cut only what you need. However, you should remember that you will only have a small window of time when your buckwheat microgreens will be perfect for eating.
When you are ready to eat your buckwheat microgreens, remove them from the refrigerator and dunk them in a bowl of cool, not cold water. Swirl the microgreens through the water to remove any soil. Then, lay the greens on a clean, dry paper towel and allow to dry. If you need to speed up the drying process, you can place your microgreens in front of your circulation fan.
Buckwheat microgreens are best eaten fresh. You should not wash your microgreens until you are ready to eat them. Place your harvested greens in a zip-lock bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can place a paper towel inside your container or bag to absorb excess moisture to keep your microgreens fresher for longer. When properly stored, your buckwheat microgreens will remain fresh for three to five days.
If you will be shipping your buckwheat microgreens, you will need to follow the harvesting directions listed above. Wrap your microgreens loosely in a paper towel and place them in an airtight container. The microgreens will remain fresh for up to one week when properly packaged.
Eating organic buckwheat microgreens is a great way to increase your nutrition. These easy-to-grow microgreens can be added to your favorite stir-fry, salad, or sandwich. Their tangy flavor provides you with a gluten-free way to increase your fiber consumption and improve your health.