Microgreens are fundamentally different from sprouts.
Sprouts are produced from germinating seeds in water for a short period of time (2-3 days) with little to no sunlight, which is just long enough to grow roots, a stem, and small, underdeveloped leaves. This lack of sunlight also denies the plant its natural ability to photosynthesize gaining its color, nutrients, and flavor. The soilless method of growing only in water encourages the proliferation of dangerous pathogens.
Thus, sprouts pose a serious food safety risk and contain little added nutritional value.
Microgreens, however, are carefully grown with the highest food safety standards in nutrient-rich soil and full sun until the plant reaches an ideal stage of maturity. The FDA advises everyone to avoid consumption of raw sprouts. No such warning has been issued against the consumption of microgreens.
City Roots is proud to uphold the highest standards of foods safety.