Distribute evenly a very thin layer of seed. The seeds will swell and require a lot of space. Approximately one tablespoon of larger seed and two tablespoons of smaller seed is enough for the Biosta Seed Sprouter. For proper germination, seeds should remain wet, but not submerged in water. The Biosta 3-Tier Sprouting Kit is designed to retain a small amount of water, just the right amount. Rinse the seeds once or twice each day for best results. Sprouting in the dark will force the sprouts to elongate, but sprouting with some exposure to light will have an added benefit of allowing the tiny plants to produce chlorophyll and turn green for more nutritional value. Sprouts are ready to eat in 2-7 days. Always use clean water and clean practices. It is a good idea to disinfect your sprouter between crops by soaking in a solution of 1 Tbsp of bleach to 1 Pint of water.
Please Note: The tiny seedlings develop very fine, fuzzy root hairs that can sometimes be mistaken for mould. If you think you are growing mould, look closely at one of the seedlings to determine if it is simply the fuzzy root hairs that you are seeing.
Using the Biosta 3-Tier Sprouter:
Place seeds in the top 3 trays (the trays that have a red siphon). The bottom tray is to collect the water. Once the seeds are in each tray, fill the top tray, not quite to the top, with tepid water. Cold water may impede germination. The water will drain through each tray and finally into the collection tray. Remember to dump out the bottom tray before you fill the top the next time. If the trays aren’t draining, wiggle the red siphon and/or spin it around and the water should start flowing.
- Sprouting is inexpensive. Pound for pound sprouts are perhaps the most nutritious food there is per dollar value.
- Sprouts are easy to grow – very little can go wrong.
- Sprouts are one of the most concentrated and truly natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids known.
- You can grow sprouts indoors in any climate and they are ready to eat in just a few days.
- A sprouted seed is a tiny, easy-to-digest plant that is at its peak of nutritional value. The seed releases all of its stored nutrients in a burst of vitality as it attempts to become a full sized plant.
- Chlorophyll is a protein compound found in green plants, including sprouts with green leaves like alfalfa, broccoli, and radish. Chlorophyll is like a living solar battery. It stores the energy from the sun!
Recipes for sprouts available online here.