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What you need to know about Onion Microgreens

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Onion microgreens have a mild, nutty, and subtly sweet onion flavour well suited well suited for sprinkling fresh over many types of dishes. Micro onion while delicate in appearance have an intense flavour so it’s best to use a small amount as to not overpower the dish.

Onion microgreens don’t grow very tall, but they have a beautiful elegant thin stem often retaining their tiny black flat’ ish seed.

Onions are botanically classified as Allium cepa. The young shoots of germinated onion seeds belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family. The seeds are collected from bulb onion plants and are allowed to germinate and grow for approximately 15 days before they are harvested. Onions are native to Asia and have been cultivated for thousands of years. While the exact origin of growing onion seeds solely for the sprouts is unknown, ancient Chinese physicians have been using sprouts medicinally for over 5,000 years.

Onion Microgreens are great for

  • served with an scrambled egg

  • with sushi/ sashimi

  • garnishes over salad bowls

  • in wraps/ sandwiches / burgers / veggie burgers

  • spring rolls, onion pancakes/ fritters

  • added to soups

  • with a stir fry, rice /noodle dish

  • with lemon risotto

  • macaroni cheese

Pairs well with

  • sushi

  • soft cheese

  • eggs

  • avocado

  • asparagus

  • tomatoes

  • grilled meats

  • herb dips

How to take care of your Micro Onion

Keep your live microgreens at a cool temperature with good air flow. Not too humid. Favourable temperature range of 18 to 24°C and relative humidity (RH) of 40 to 60 per cent would meet the needs of most plants.

Using a knife (rather than scissors) to cut your live microgreens, this ensures they stay fresher for longer. Keep your live microgreens on a shallow tray/plate. Water once a day, don’t water too much. Always water from below. Avoid watering from above as this may cause mould. The amount of water will vary according to the environmental conditions: i.e. they'll need more water if they're in the sun and wind, than if they're in a sheltered, shady spot. Water them evenly, making sure the growing medium (compost) is moist.

Onion are fairly east to grow but they do require a delicate balance of water and a good air flow in order to flourish.

Nutritional Facts

Onion microgreens are a good source of vitamin C to strengthen the immune system while reducing inflammation and contain fiber to regulate the digestive tract. They also provide calcium and phosphorus to protect bones and teeth, vitamin A to maintain healthy organ functioning, and contain other nutrients, including iron, vitamin D, zinc, B vitamins, and potassium.

Health Benefits

Other health benefits are that they contribute to lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent anemia and promote enzymatic activities in our body.


This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician.

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