Broccoli Organic Sprouts
Homegrown sprouts are a healthy addition to any salad or sandwich year-round. Easy to grow in a mason jar or our handy sprouter. Per capita consumption of broccoli has taken great leaps in the past decade after several scientific studies indicated that broccoli contains high levels of glucosinolates. This compound is known to stimulate the body's natural defences that reduce the risk of cancer. Broccoli is also low in saturated fat and sodium and is a good source of vitamins A & C, calcium, potassium, folate, iron and dietary fiber. Approx. 300 seeds/gram.
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Distribute evenly a very thin layer of seed. The seeds will swell and require a lot of space. For proper germination, seeds should remain wet, but never submerged. Sprouting kits are designed to keep seeds moist, while draining away excess water. Rinse seeds two or four times each day for best results.
Sprouting in the dark will force the sprouts to elongate, while sprouting with exposure to light will have the added benefit of allowing the tiny plants to produce chlorophyll, turning them green for an added nutritional value.
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 a Spouter:
Place desired seed in the topmost tiers leaving the bottom tier, the one that the others sit on, empty. The bottom tier is left empty for excess water collection. Remember, 1 tablespoon of small seed or two tablespoons of large seed is all that is needed.
Rinse seeds two to four times per day. Fill the top tier and allow water to seep through the layers and collect in the bottom tier. Dump excess water.
Place the cover of the sprouter on the topmost tier. Never seal with cover as some airflow is needed. Sealing with the cover increases the chance of mould.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until desired sprout size is achieved. Different crops require different days to harvest but 2-7 days is the typical range.
Note: Wash entire sprouter between harvests. This decreases the chance of mould developing.