Pak Choi, Bok Choy
Preferred Growing Medium:
Soil or Hydroponic
Seeding Rate per 10"x 20" tray:
Estimated time to Harvest:
green leaves with violet to red highlights throughout
strong broccoli/cabbage (brassica) flavor
soft and fresh
Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, beta-carotenes, potassium and iron calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements Antioxidants
Red Acre Cabbage is easy to grow and grows quickly! It grows well in soil or on hydroponic mediums. If using soil, tamp and moisten soil before spreading your microgreen seeds across its surface. You may want to cover seeds with a thin layer of soil. This will keep the seeds moist for longer. Allowing the seeds to germinate on the surface is fine too! Keep dark with the black out dome for the first 3 days then flip the lid on day 4 and 5 to stress and strengthen the crop.
A 2016 study by the American Chemical Society implies that red cabbage may help reduce "bad" cholesterol.
Amazing Health Benefits
Highly concentrated Vitamin C in red cabbage microgreens helps to boost the immune system and protect you from common illnesses like cold and flu. People with high Vitamin C levels are also less at risk of developing eye disease and cardiovascular disease.
Your body also uses Vitamin C to produce collagen, which is an essential component of tissues in the body. Bone, joint, and overall skin health are improved with a regular source of Vitamin C.
Sulfur-based chemicals like Glucosinolates are broken down when red cabbage microgreens are chopped, crushed, chewed, and digested. Byproducts like nitriles, isothiocyanates, and indoles are activated, and there is mounting evidence to show that these compounds can prevent or even help to treat cancer.
Isothiocyanates can prevent the development of cancer by inhibiting carcinogens that are introduced into the body through tobacco smoke or air pollution. Isothiocyanates are so powerful that they are now being developed for use in lung cancer pharmaceuticals
Because cruciferous vegetables like red cabbage microgreens can protect against DNA damage, reduce inflammation, and promote unhealthy cell death, they are considered to be amongst the most powerful natural cancer-fighting agents known today.
While not technically a vitamin, the chemical compound known as Vitamin U is abundant in red cabbage microgreens and can help to protect your stomach and promote gastrointestinal health.
The benefits of Vitamin U were first discovered in the 1950s when cabbage juice was found to help treat ulcers and protect the stomach lining in patients. In controlled trials, fresh cabbage juice containing Vitamin U was found to reduce peptic ulcer healing time to 10 days. The average healing time for patients treated by conventional means was as high as 37 days.
Gastric ulcer improvements were similar, with fresh cabbage juice reducing healing times to 7 days, from an average of 42 days. This leads us to believe that if you consume red cabbage microgreens, which are up to 40x more potent than the adult plant, you can see the same positive effects as the cabbage juice identified in the study.
PREVENT ALZHEIMERS DISEASE:
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease and is the leading cause of dementia in aged persons. While Alzheimer’s is often associated with genetic and lifestyle factors that can damage the brain over time, it is now understood that diet could help to prevent it from developing.
Elevated amyloid plaques in nervous system tissues are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratory testing has proven that red cabbage microgreen extracts can reduce amyloid plaque concentration by a significant amount, sometimes from 100% to just 9.6% in a controlled environment . While further study is needed to fully understand the relationship between microgreens and Alzheimer’s, introducing red cabbage sprouts into your diet today could significantly reduce your risk of neurodegenerative conditions later in life.
Red cabbage and other dark foods like blueberry, cocoa, and pomegranate are rich sources of anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins do more than just color foods. They can inhibit the formation and growth of cancer tumors, limit oxidative stress in the body, and fight carcinogens that are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by other means .
Oxidative stress has been linked to a plethora of diseases, ranging from Parkinson’s to Asthma, and Diabetes to Hypertension. A diet rich in anthocyanins could drastically limit the risk of developing cancer and other diseases.
REDUCE WEIGHT GAIN:
Early testing has revealed that red cabbage microgreens could help to reduce weight gain and keep cholesterol at healthy levels . The microgreens not only limit weight gain, but they also provide an antioxidant boost that can lower triglycerides in the liver.
Weight gain is a widespread problem in the developed world. Stress, low-quality nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles are leading to what is often labeled as an obesity epidemic. Although research is in the early stages, it is highly probable that daily or regular consumption of red cabbage microgreens could significantly improve health by controlling weight and cholesterol. By extension, microgreens will also improve heart health and limit the risk of diabetes, inflammation, and other common health problems.