Independence Middle School eighth grade students in Mrs. Campagna’s Family and Consumer Science Class learned about the hottest food trend in the culinary industry today—microgreens.
IMS parent and professional botanist Patty Gensler suggested the idea of growing microgreens to Mrs. Campagna so the students could plant, harvest and taste the products. Mrs. Gensler explained that currently farmers and greenhouses sell these flavorful plants to restaurants to garnish food.
The students were excited to plant the seeds, which were donated by Trax Farms, in organic potting soil, water them daily and harvest them within a week. But the most exciting part of the project was the ability to participate in a taste-testing, where they also wrote down their impressions of the microgreens.
The students planted radishes, lettuce, broccoli and a mild mix. The students were pleasantly surprised when they tasted the small plants—they actually enjoyed them, especially the radishes.
The students said the next time they see microgreens on a restaurant entrée, they would definitely eat them and not brush them off to the side.
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