Sprouting Seeds enable you to have all year round availability of highly nutritious food that is 'sow' easy to grow. All you need is a jar, oh and some water. A fantastic accompaniment to growing microgreens/microleaves for a mini indoor garden...all year round!
Here's our guide to growing Sprouting Seeds:
Equipment for growing Sprouting Seeds:
- Wide mouth jars e.g. Ball Mason wide mouth (wide mouth is important as the sprouts need room to expand and air to circulate)
- Sprouting Seeds
- Make sure that the jars are super clean and sterile
- Use screw top lid and simply drill or punch several holes in the lid – but not too large, the water needs to be able to drain, but not the seed!
- An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
- Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
- Use water that is at room temperature…water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Cold water can also slow the germination process
- Don't put too much seed in the jar, allow the seed sufficient room to expand…insufficient space will lead to mould issues as air cannot circulate sufficiently
- After the initial soak, the water needs to be emptied and filled back up with room temperature water
- Turn the jar upside down and let the water drain out, the seeds should be left damp and not swimming in water
- Rinse 2-3 times per day with room temperature water
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest
Hulls may be removed but they are not harmful to eat, removal helps to minimise spoilage in storage.
Varieties of Sprouting Seeds:
|Variety||Days to Sprout||Harvest Length||Character|
|Alfalfa||3-5||3-5cm||Nutty and mild|
|Beetroot||6-8||2-5cm||Earthy mild beetroot|
|Radish||2-5||1-3cm||Peppery and spicy|
|Red Cabbage||4-6||2-5cm||Mild cabbage|