Forthcoming Ana Paola YANES-MOLINA Rosalina JAIME-MEULY Gabriela ANDRADE-BUSTAMANTE Tania Irasema LUCERO-FLORES Francisco Eleazar MARTÍNEZ-RUÍZ

Microgreens – An Alternative of Horticultural Production and Market

Microgreens are consider a new specialty product in the culinary arts. This horticultural product is composed by the stem and fully developed cotyledons, and sometimes, with the first two true leaves in their first stage of development. Microgreens can be grown with seeds of different species and varieties of vegetables, aromatic herbs and wild herbs, giving to the gastronomic industry new ingredients with flavor, color and texture. The objectives developed in this investigation were divided in two sections. First, determining the productive viability of four different species of microgreens under controlled environment [mustard (Brassica juncea var. Red Giant), amaranth (Aaranthus tricolor var. Garnet Red), radish (Raphanus sativus var. Hong Vit) and arugula (Eruca sativa var. Rocket)]. And second, assessing the current, potential demand and market segments of microgreens in the restaurant industry of the capital of Sonora, Mexico. The research model used was quantitative probabilistic. The data collection was conducted through a survey.