Don’t get too intimidated when you hear talk about growing sprouts. You will be surprised at how easy they are to grow. The real question is, why don’t we all have sprouts growing in our homes?
What are Sprouts?
Sprouts are basically little green “shoots” of a plant. Or basically a “baby” plant that just started to grow. They are highly nutritious and easy for anyone to grow in their own home. I personally enjoy growing the in them winter time since you can keep them alive indoors and can be grown within just a few days. Yet they are excellent year round. Sprouts are perfect for those looking to add some more greens to their diet.
Types of Sprouts:
There are many, many different types of sprouts but here are a few popular kinds:
What are the benefits of eating and growing sprouts?
Sprouts are easy to grow, are fairly cheap, and even better buying organic is cheap too.
Sprouts are very nutritious.
Can make great sources of vegetable protein
Are rich in antioxidants
Can be grown indoors
Dr. Mercola mentions that sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables.
They are even said to have the highest concentration of phytonutrients per calorie in any food. International Journal of Applied Science
How to Grow Sprouts at home (in mason jars):
I prefer growing sprouts in mason jars since they can be rinsed easily and they store well. I originally saw the idea on Boulder Locavore and decided to try it out. I’ve sprouted seeds in bags before but haven’t turned back since the jar method (this can be different for everyone). Like Boulder Locavore, I purchased the needle work canvas in different sizes (found at most craft stores) and cut out inserts for my mason jars. I love this method but do find that the metal part of the lid gets rusty fairly easy. Therefore in the future I plan to buy some of these lids from The Sprout House Sprouting Lid. They are bpa free and I believe they have different sizes as well.
1. Purchase Sprouting Seeds (Links for recommendations will be at the bottom)
2. Clean & sterilize mason jars and lids
3. Place about 1 teaspoon *smaller seeds* or 1/2-1 Tablespoon *larger seeds* in each jar
4. Fill with water and allow to sit for 24 hours
5. After the 24 hours is up, Drain and Rinse (my magic number for the times I rinse is 3)
6. Drain well and turn jars upside down in bowls to further drain any water
7. Rinse seeds about 3-4 times daily (you shouldn’t have to take the lids off) I just fill them with water, shake, rinse, then place upside down in bowls again.
8. Continue the rinsing process for about 5 days or until your sprouts are ready to eat (see photos below)
**Optional** if you wish to grow/regrow sprouts you can plant them a day or two after they first sprout
After they are ready to eat you can store them in a fridge for about 3 days. Add them to salads, juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and anything you can think of.
Seeds are so pretty
Store in water for 24 hours (I just set them on my counter)
Rinse 3-4 times a day and keep jars upside down In bowls to further drain any water
Just after 1-2 days they are starting to sprout
So Exciting (day 3)
This is day 6 of my alfalfa sprouts
Nom Nom Nom
Where to Buy:
Mountain Rose Herbs-Sprouting Seeds (affiliate link) (this is where I purchased my seeds from)
Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds (not an affiliate link) (they sell a large variety of organic sprouting seeds)
The Sprout House (not an affiliate link) (they too sell a good variety of organic sprouting seeds)
Other Helpful items for Sprouting Seeds:
Good Luck and I hope this encourages you to grow some sprouts of your own! If you are looking for other gardening tips and ideas make sure to check out This post on growing your own herbs and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for tons of other gardening and healthy living ideas 🙂