Growing your own sprouts is easy. All it takes is a little bit of love and a little bit of time.

Sprouts are great for adding a bit of flavor or crunch to a salad or sandwich, and can really boost the nutritional value of your meal. One cup of bean sprouts provides 119% of your daily Vitamin C, and broccoli sprouts are considered by nutritionists to be a "cancer fighting superfood” due to high levels of phytochemicals.

Considering the additional fact that sprouts are the single simplest crop to grow, why don’t you give it a go!

 

What you need…

  • Wide mouth jar (Mason jars are good, but you can reuse a marmite, peanut butter or pasta sauce jar.
  • Fine mesh strainer, cheese cloth. Sometimes I use the lid of the jar and just pierce holes in the lid.
  • Sprouting seeds. Find these at your local health food store or supermarket. Organic are best though.

 

How to do it…

  • Place one or two tablespoons of seeds into your jar. Cover completely with filtered water, cover the jar with the mesh, and sieve perforated lid or cheesecloth.
  • Let it sit overnight. I often speed up the process by placing the jar in the hot water closet over night.
  • Next morning, drain the water off using the sieve or cheesecloth. Rinse the seeds, swish the water around and drain again. (Don’t cover with water again) Simply rinse and drain either once or twice a day until your sprouts are the desired size.

This will take anywhere from three to seven days, depending on your sprout variety. Sprouts are their best when still fairly small and just starting to turn green.

Store your sprouts in a covered bowl. Use sprouts within one week.

Growing sprouts in a jar is a very easy method. However, there are also other gadgets you could buy for your sprouting operation, including multi-tiered sprouters, jar lids with different size strainers for easy rinsing and draining, and even sprouters that automate the rinsing process for you. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Either way, growing sprouts is a great way to get extra nutrition into your diet. An awesome addition to kids’ lunch boxes too.

 

Happy Sprouting!