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How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts
Broccoli sprouts are among the most nutritious of sprouts to grow, containing many necessary vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Growing them takes only 3 to 5 days and they can add health and fresh flavor to any dish. Broccoli sprouts don't just have to be eaten though; they can be easily planted in your garden for full size broccoli in the coming months!
Supplies for Growing Sprouts
Sprouting kits can be inexpensive and can provide a quick, easy way to grow broccoli sprouts. However, it is not necessary to buy one. Sprouts can be grown in jars, on paper towels and in many easy to create environments since all they need is moisture and warmth or light. Either method (kit or non-kit) will produce vibrant green sprouts.
You will need:
- Untreated, organic broccoli seeds (1 tablespoon per 5 square inches of sprouting space)
- Paper Towel
- Container your size of choice, but at least 5 inches deep.
- Plastic wrap
When my family grew sprouts, we made every effort possible to buy untreated seeds meant specifically for sprouting, as your average broccoli seeds may have been treated with chemicals specifically for in-ground planting. Seeds generally come in "bulk", so be prepared to buy about a pound and a half to two pounds of seed. It's completely normal and ensures you'll have tasty broccoli sprouts whenever you want them!
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Growing Broccoli Sprouts
- Disinfect seeds and container with a mixture of 9 parts warm water to 1 part bleach, or rinse the seeds in the solution and run the container through the dishwasher. Seeds are sprouted in an environment that bacteria thrives in, so you'll want to make sure there are no added incentives for them to come join your growing sprouts! The cleaner the environment, the better.
- Soak the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water. Of course, once the water cools down, you don't need to run back and refresh the warm water. Just let them soak in a warm area of your kitchen.
- Moisten several sheets of paper towel and line the bottom of the container with them. Sprinkle the pre-soaked seeds evenly over the towel.
- Cover the container with plastic wrap and use a butter knife or scissors to cut a few long slits in the plastic wrap as ventilation. If the container has a ventilated lid, that would work as well.
- The container should now be placed in a warm, well ventilated, lit space. Don't put the seeds in direct sunlight. I keep my sprouting broccoli seeds off to the side of the window, out of direct sunlight, but still close enough to receive it's benefits. Seeds germinate best at temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Let sit for 3 to 5 days, refreshing the paper towel with light sprinkles of warm water if it gets too dry for any reason.
- After your sprouts have grown to the desired size, rinse them with water to remove the hulls and enjoy!
Sprouts will stay in your fridge for several days after you grow them, although they taste best immediately after harvest. Be sure to store your sprouts in a dry, airtight container and rinse thoroughly before eating again.
If you have excess broccoli sprouts and decide you want to plant them and enjoy full-grown broccoli heads at a later date, let your broccoli seeds grow a day or two longer and then transplant to your garden. Enjoy!