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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : (182) Last page : (186)
Article doi: : http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6251

Microgreens: A Nutrient Rich Crop that can Diversify Food System

Pooja Bhatt1* and Sonika Sharma2
1*Ph.D. Scholar, 2Assistant Professor,
Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University,
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: poojabhattpau@gmail.com
Received: 14.02.2018  |  Revised: 22.03.2018   |  Accepted: 25.03.2018  


As the world’s population increasing at a rapid speed, food system must be revised to supply adequate nutrition while minimizing environmental impact. Current malnourishment statistics are high and affected large number of population. Thus, microgreens are new special category crop which are gaining popularity these days. They are tenuous cotyledonary leafy greens of many vegetables, spices and herbs that are found in variety of colours, textures and flavours, which are harvested at infancy stage. They belong to class of functional foods. They are dense source of many nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which are potential to prevent many diseases and deficiencies when consumed in small quantity. The nutritional values of microgreens are more quantitatively than mature ones. Microgreens can be easily cultivated and it takes minimum resource demands i.e. water, soil and pot or tray. Commonly grown microgreens are mustard, spinach, beetroot, lettuce, cilantro, cabbage, radish and broccoli. Microgreens production provide better access to adequate nutrition along with diversify food system. This review provides insight potential for microgreens to diversify food system.

Key words: Microgreens, Functional food, Cilantro, Cotyledonary, Food system

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Cite this article: Bhatt, P. and Sharma, S., Microgreens: A Nutrient Rich Crop that can Diversify Food System, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(2): 182-186 (2018). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6251

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