If you are like me, you are anxiously awaiting the fresh green color of spring. Since I’m a little low on patience levels at this point, I decided to add some fresh green inside my home by growing sprouts! Small but mighty, sprouts pack an enormous nutritional punch for their size–with all containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, protein and essential amino acids.
Sprouts are super easy to grow at home — you just need a few pieces of basic equipment (some of which you may already have laying around): a mason jar with a jar ring, a bowl large enough to set your jar in, some cheese cloth and seeds. If you don’t have the jar ring, Lakewinds has plastic spouting covers available as well as entire sprouting kits. Be sure to use a suitable sprouting seeds, like alfalfa, broccoli, lentils or radish. Plants that do not have edible leaves should never be sprouted. There are several sprouting seeds to choose from in our Bulk Department.
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to start growing! The process is easy and will only take a few minutes of your time every day over the course of a week. If you have kids, this is an excellent project to get them involved with. They will love seeing the progress of their seeds every day and it might even get them to eat some greens!
Now let’s grow! This video from Co+op Stronger Together is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to grow sprouts:
Here are a few images from my sprout growing to give you an idea of what to expect. You’ll be eating your deliciously nutritious sprouts in salads, sandwiches and wraps in about 1 week.