What are broccoli sprouts and how can you grow them at home? As you may have already guessed, broccoli sprouts are simply 3-4 day old broccoli plants that look like sprouts but actually taste like radishes. Keep reading to find out more about how to grow broccoli sprouts at home! It's actually super easy, and the health benefits are innumerable!
You may have never heard of them, but broccoli sprouts have been taking the health world by storm, and for good reason too! According to research, broccoli sprouts contain 10-100 times more of the cancer fighting compound than the mature vegetable! A if that's not enough to convince you to eat broccoli sprouts, they also taste delicious and go great in salads, sandwiches, and stir frys! Keep reading to find out how to grow broccoli sprouts!
How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts
Growing your own broccoli sprouts is actually pretty easy! All you need are some broccoli sprouting seeds which you should be able to find at your local nursery or online!
- To a quart jar, add about 2 tablespoons of broccoli sprouting seeds.
- Cover the seeds with a few inches of (filtered) water and cap it off with the sprouting lid.
- Store in a warm, dark place for about 12 hours.
- After the 12 hours have elapsed, drain the liquid and rinse the seeds.
- Continue to rinse the seeds 3-4 times a day. Do not soak them anymore – at this point only rinsing is required.
- In between rinsings, continue to store in a warm, dark place. A kitchen cabinet is usually a great spot!
- After a few days, the seeds will break open and you'll notice tiny little sprouts coming out! This is where it gets exciting!
- Once the sprouts grow to about 1 inch and have yellow leaves, you can move them out into the sunlight.
- Keep rinsing them 3-4 times a day until the leaves turn green.
- Once the leaves turn green, it means they are ready to eat!
- This entire process should take about a week, so be patient.
- Once they are ready to eat, replace the sprouting lid with a regular lid and store the sprouts in the refrigerator.
- Eat raw and fresh, in salads, soups, sandwiches, or however you like!
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