The main difference is that Sprouts are grown in water and you eat the seeds and seedlings. Microgreens are grown in a medium (soil or coco coir) or on a grow-mat, and you eat more mature seedlings, cutting the greens at the base of the stems.
What is more interesting is that Microgreens have become a better alternative to Sprouts for good reasons.
- Both microgreens and sprouts pack a powerful punch of nutritional benefits and flavour, but they differ in how they are planted and in their nutrient value. Microgreens absorb minerals from the grow-mat and also develop more photosynthesis than sprouts so, in turn, increasing its nutritional value.
- The seedlings are also more developed which means higher fiber content.
- There have been several cases of E-coli outbreaks in sprouts due to bacteria growth in the water that is antibiotic-resistant. In growing microgreens, there is no risk of this developing.