Health benefits and uses of Homefarm Microgreens

In this series we will be sharing our research on the nutritional value and uses of Homefarm leafy crops. Microgreens and microherbs are packed with vitamins and phytonutrients and are an excellent way to get your daily fix of the good stuff your body needs.

In this blog article we explore 3 crops; Red Swiss Chard microgreen, Basil and Kale microgreen.

Red Swiss Chard Microgreen

Quick facts

  • These tasty shoots are sweet, with an earthy aftertaste that makes an exciting addition to sandwiches, wraps and salads.
  • Red Swiss chard contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.
  • Red Swiss chard microgreens are best eaten as a young plant before the first set of true leaves appear.

Nutritional value of Red Swiss Chard

100g of raw red Swiss chard contains:

Uses of Red Swiss Chard

Red Swiss chard has a beautiful earthy flavour reminiscent of a young mild beetroot leaf. Add Red Swiss Chard to a Potato salad or use it to garnish a soup, leafy salad or piece of steak. Its striking colours will elevate the visual appeal of any plate of food and when paired correctly, its earthy tones will enhance, highlight and elevate the flavours of a dish.


Quick facts

  • Basil is a sweet-tasting aromatic herb that has a scent of pepper, anise and mint.
  • Basil is used in Mediterranean and Asian cuisines. 
  • Basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • It boosts your immune system and strengthens blood vessels.

Nutritional value of Basil

100g of raw basil contains:

Read our Note and Disclaimer at the end of the article on the Nutritional value of Basil.

Uses of Basil

Basil is the undisputed king of herbs. It is used extensively in italian and thai cuisine. It pairs beautifully with tomato whether it be in pasta sauces or on a caprese sald and its sweet aromatic nature makes it a common ingredient in thai curries too. The Homefarm system grows a variety of different types of basil including green basil, purple basil and lemon basil.

Kale Microgreens

Quick facts

  • Kale microgreens are high in fibre and assist in promoting a healthy digestive tract.
  • It’s considered a superfood and has a very high concentration of antioxidants and vitamin C
  • Kale is a member of the cabbage family and its microgreen has a mild cabbage flavour, found to be more pleasant than its bitter, fully grown counterpart.

Nutritional value of Kale microgreens

100g of boiled kale contains:

*Read our Note and Disclaimer at the end of the article on the Nutritional value of Kale microgreen.

Uses of Kale Microgreens

Kale can be used as a classic microgreen garnish or as a superfood boost in your favourite smoothie. A great smoothie recipe includes green apple, kiwi fruit, kale microgreens, a squeeze of lime juice and a few tablespoons of plain yoghurt. 

We hope you enjoy creating delicious dishes from these crops, grown and harvested in your very own Homefarm system.

Homefarm systems enable people to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

Homefarm systems are smart, fully automated indoor farms that can grow a wide range of crops from seed to harvest, year round.

  • The Homefarm Appliance and Nano are perfect for hobby gardeners, health and wellness gurus and passionate foodies.
    • The Homefarm Nano is designed for smaller kitchens and is ideal for growing leafy greens at home.
    • The Homefarm Appliance can either be proudly displayed on a countertop or built into your kitchen cabinetry. Wow your family with delicious meals with greens harvested in your Homefarm system.
  • Homefarm Commercial systems are ideal for restaurants, food retailers, educational institutions, catering companies and corporate cafeterias.


Dolson, L. (2023). Swiss Chard Nutrition Information and Health Benefits. Available at: https://www.verywellfit.com/carbohydrate-information-for-chard-2241830. (Accessed: 4 June 2023). 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. Basil, fresh. Available at: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172232/nutrients. (Accessed: 6 June 2023). 

Ware, M. (RDN, L.D.). 2023. What are the health benefits of kale? Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435. (Accessed: 7 June 2023).

Note: The information provided is intended for general informational purposes only.

Full disclaimer: 

The information provided is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or dietary requirements.

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