With so many varieties of beans available to gardeners today, how do you know which are the best beans for microgreens? Microgreens, also known as “specialty green” vegetables, are tiny, succulent vegetables that are grown mainly for their edible foliage and flowers. Some varieties of this vegetable are more popular than others and some varieties are much easier to grow than others. Knowing which varieties are best for growing microgreens can help you choose the best beans for your culinary needs.
There are two basic types of micro green vegetables. Sativa or passion flower beans are the first type of microgreens that you will find growing in a variety of climates across the globe. These plants produce small, dark-colored hairs and can be used to make a great difference-maker in many cuisines. They are high in fiber, low in starch and protein and should be a main ingredient in any salsa, bean salad, wraps, pizzas and most other dishes that you desire. They have a nutty, peppery flavor that is great on pasta and baked crackers.
Meanwhile, colchicum or chives are native to South America and also make great additions to any diet. Colorful and slightly bitter to taste, chives are a cousin of the cabbage family and were originally grown for their fresh color and flavor. Growing microgreens with chives is very similar to growing spinach and it will grow well in either an indoor or outdoor environment. Both chives and colchicum produce small, dark-colored hairs that will grow closely with the plants they are planted along. This should also work in your favor when trying to decide which type of bean to use for your microgreen recipe.
Anise seeds are very popular in Mexican cuisine and they make for a wonderful side-salad with chicken or fish. They are small, red, purple or blue flowers that come from the anise plant and should be used sparingly. They have a pungent, earthy flavor that is best added to salads and cooked with tomatoes, onions and garlic. Anise seeds can also be used in place of parsley in a casserole.
Another great way to incorporate the best beans for microgreens is to make a delicious balsamic sauce with them. Most people know that this tasty condiment is made with vinegar but you may have trouble finding it if you are not originally from Latin America. The key is to find a local Latin American grocery store that sells it. You can then add fresh balsamic vinegar and seasonings to your favorite beans for microgreens and have a mouthwatering dish ready to serve. If you try this condiment with lettuce it will be even better because of the crisp crispiness of the lettuce.
To make your own version of coleslaw, try using red and green bell pepper along with a red onion. Then, instead of adding vinegar, you can use a little liquid apple cider vinegar to make your own coleslaw. This makes a delicious alternative to store bought coleslaws that often have harsh vinegar flavor. It also adds a unique flavor to your bean for microgreens.
Another great way to enjoy a bit of Latin food is with Quinoa, a grain that is similar to couscous. These are easily found in bulk and are very low in fat. If you roast them, you can make a delicious gluten-free quinoa meal that is full of flavor. Try cooking it with chopped tomatoes, onions, bell pepper or Anaheim pepper and add a few drops of tequila sauce for a splash of color. You can eat the greens with the quinoa as a side dish or in a chili recipe.
For salads, lettuce is usually the best choice to pair with vegetables. But what about if you like a crunchier salad? Try grating cauliflower pieces to make a healthy variation on the typical salad. Crusty crackers are another tasty combination for a green and cheese option.