After about 8-10 days, you will have sprouts tall enough to harvest. Soak
the seeds or beans overnight. Once a day, hold the pot under running water for a
5. 1-part beans gives 4-parts sprouts.
By growing your own sprouts, you will save yourself money because it is
less expensive to buy sprout seeds and grow and harvest the sprouts yourself,
than it is to buy the sprouts from a market., are ready earlier and can be eaten
when they are 3-6 days old, depending on the type of sprout.
While there are several commercial products available to cultivate sprouts,
here are three of the easiest methods to help you get started. Lentil sprouts
are ready to be eaten when the root is 1-inch long.Sprouts not only taste good,
but they are also a great source of vitamins, fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, and
Sprouts from beans, peas, etc. Use a rubber band to hold the material
securely in place. The sprouts are ready in 3-4 days. Sprouts can grow from the
seeds of vegetables, from grains such as buckwheat, and from beans. Place the
tray in a window so that the light can turn the sprouts green. It is not all
inclusive as you can sprout almost any kind of seed.
- Growing Sprouts in a Jar -
1. The hassles are minor, the costs are low, and the freshness is
Your local garden shop or health food store will carry a line of seeds for
sprouting. This precaution is necessary because some seeds meant for planting
have been treated with fungicides or insecticides to protect the young seedlings
when planted in a field or garden.
3. 1-part seed gives 10-parts sprouts in approximately 5-6 days.
5. Cover the plant pot with a dish. By following a few simple steps, you
can receive a continual supply of nutritious sprouts. Make sure there is a hole
in the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage. At this stage, it needs to be
eaten immediately so the plant will not switch to photosynthesis that exhausts
the stored food in the seed. Cover the top of the tray with clear plastic
8. They need to be soaked for 12-hours and sprouts are usually ready after
3-5 days. 1-part seed gives 2-parts sprouts. You will need a space to place the
sprouting tray that receives daylight but is not in direct sunlight. Put the
sprouts in tight sealing bags, and they will remain flavorful and crisp for one
to two weeks.
Mung Beans - after soaking for 12-hours, these beans can be grown by any
method. So be sure that your container is large enough, and start with a minimal
amount of seed in a container like a jar, until you determine the correct
quantity that will grow to the sprout size you like, without being difficult to
remove. Remove any that are broken or damaged before you begin the sprouting
process. A sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. Start
with a clean clay or plastic flower pot.
Sprouts can be grown almost anywhere and the best part is you only need a
few basic supplies to get started. When the bright, white root grows from 1-2
inches long, they are ready to eat. Place a piece of cheesecloth or muslin over
the mouth of the jar. Sprouts need to be stored in the refrigerator once they
are ready to eat.)
2. Select a low, flat dish (like a pie plate) or tray. (Sprouting increases
the seed volume. Because the thin layer of soil dries out quickly, water twice
each day. In the morning, pour off the water in the jar and rinse the
seeds/beans thoroughly. Next, spread out a 2-inch layer of soil and then
sprinkle the soaked seeds or beans on top of the soil.
9. For spouts grown in no soil or in seed trays, you can harvest the green
"grass" when it starts to grow. The ideal length for eating is about
2. Keep the jar away from the light for the first few days. Place the
sprouting pot near a window that allows daylight but is not in direct
4. When the seeds/beans begin to sprout, (usually about the forth day) move
the jar into the light to activate the chlorophyll and turn the sprouts green.
4- tablespoons will be sufficient for a quart size container. Then place a piece
of cheesecloth or muslin in the bottom of the pot over the hole so that the
seeds/beans cannot fall out. Once the sprouts begin to show, remove the dish and
cover the pot with a piece of clear plastic wrap to let in the light. Sprouts
can be eaten after 3 days.
Barley, Oats, and Rye - should be soaked for 12-hours and then can either
be grown as "grass" to harvest, or sprouts ready to eat after 3-4 days. Cover
the seeds/beans with four layers of damp newspaper.
3. Remember that seeds soak up 2-3 times their dry volume in water and
sprouts need at least six times the volume occupied by the seeds. Remember to
drain any excess water because the sprouts should not stand in water. While Mung
beans are perhaps the most common source of sprouts, you can also obtain good
results from lentils, soybeans and chickpeas just to name a few.
. Mung beans are the most commonly grown sprouts and are usually ready to
eat after 3-5 days. Seeds sown in soil take a little longer. Remove any that are
broken or damaged. When the root is 1-2 inches long, it will begin to develop
tiny green leaves.
Peas - when soaked in a glass jar, will grow sprouts in about 3 days.
1-part peas gives 2-parts sprouts.
Grains should be harvested and eaten from when they are six days old until
they are 4-5 inches tall. This is to soak the seeds/beans thoroughly.
- Growing the Sprouts in Trays -
1. The seeds can be planted in the pots or jars and also in the flats with
soil. Next, soak the seeds or beans overnight and then put them in the pot. This
makes rinsing easier. Rinsing the sprouts daily under cold water can extend
- Some of the Kinds of Seeds/Beans You Can Sprout -
The following list gives some of the popularly sprouted seeds/beans.
4. Sprouts, from grain sown in jars, are ready sooner and are
edible even before they turn green. When purchasing seeds for sprouting, be
certain that the seeds are intended for food and not for planting.
To harvest, just take your kitchen scissors and cut what you need. 1-part
lentils gives 6-parts sprouts.
Soybeans - can be grown in a glass jar or a pot. 1-part beans gives 4-parts
sprouts. When the roots are 2-inches long, they are ready to eat.
If necessary, wash the sprouts thoroughly to remove the seed coat.
2. Remove any that are broken or damaged before you begin the sprouting
6. Drain them and pack into freezer containers. You can purchase growing
trays wherever planting supplies are sold.
Sprouting at home takes only a few minutes a day, and can produce a good
part of your daily requirements of the nutrients you need from fresh
- Harvesting and Storing the Sprouts -
Newly germinated grain, seed, and sprouts, increase in food value in the
very first period of growth. To keep the sprouts constantly damp, repeat the
rinsing 2-3 times a day.
- Growing Sprouts Wholesale
disposer in Flower Pots -
Sprouts may be frozen by blanching them over steam for three minutes and
then cooling them in ice water. When the sprouts start to lift the plastic
cover, (usually about three days) remove the newspaper.
Alfalfa - should be soaked for 6-12 hours.
Lentils - can be grown in either a glass jar or a plant pot and need to be
soaked for 12-hours. Soak the seeds, grains, or beans in lukewarm water
overnight in a wide-mouth glass jar. They are ready to eat when the root is