Home - level Hydroponic Microgreens as Nutritional Supplements

Mahalakshmi Selvan, Visalakshi Rajeswari Salvadeeswaran

Abstract


In this industrial 2.0 world, people find no time to cook, prefer restaurant foods, chat items and fat-rich junk food. Most of them especially younger generation, follow similar food habits and patterns. Such food consumption habits may fail to provide vital nutrients to the body. Inadequate supply of nutrition for an extended period can result in health issues in human beings. To combat this situation, people are in dire need to find a ready- to- use alternative not only to restore their energy and wellbeing but also bring in changes in their food choices. Scientists and health specialists consider microgreens as a functional food that can be consumed with anything, either in raw or cooked forms. Researches further ascertain microgreens to be rich precursors of essential nutrients compared to mature vegetables and plants. A growing interest among people about microgreens as a popular and an emerging new clause of edible plant variant is gaining momentum. Prospects for growing them in households further prove as multiplier effect, mainly because people have come to know about their beneficial roles. They are easy to grow inside homes, consume less resource and lend well for hydroponic system. This article presents the findings of a micro-level study on microgreens growing conducted reusing wasted water from Reverse osmosis purifiers adopting hydroponics (soilless technique). Test findings revealed that greens grown adopting this technique also to yield edible, sumptuous micro greens as time plus cost effective and healthy nutritional supplements.

Keywords


Chat items, Microgreens, Ready-to-use, Hydroponics, Reverse Osmosis

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