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Broccoli Sprouts from Seed to Harvest

Broccoli Sprouts from Seed to Harvest

Mary Smith |

Welcome our intro Sprouting Broccoli.  If you've never grown broccoli sprouts, you're in for a treat.  From Nutritional Info on SPROUTS

"Eating broccoli sprouts may be able to protect people from cancer, according to scientists from Johns Hopkins. The Maryland-based researchers found that young broccoli sprouts contain a substance called sulforaphane in concentrated amounts. Sulforaphane helps the body fight cancer, and may prevent certain cancers from developing. Researchers call this phenomenon chemoprotection.

Asthma sufferers may benefit from a daily dose of broccoli sprouts, as studies have shown a decrease in inflammation of the airways after eating the vegetable. A study reported in the March 2009 issue of Clinical Immunology reports that sulforaphane, the same compound that can prevent and fight cancer, reduced inflammation associated with asthma and nasal allergies. In addition to broccoli sprouts, sulforaphane is naturally occurring in cauliflower, mature broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage. "

Sprouting Jar and Seeds

Broccoli Sprouts: Day 1
Seed to sprout in 3-6 days
Yield is up to 1:5
Sprout shelf life is up to 6 weeks if stored properly.

Prep 1 to 3 Tablespoons of organic broccoli seeds then transfer into a bowl or into your Sprout Jar.  Add 2-3 times as much cool (60°-70°) water.

Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.  Note: Brassicas tend to float. Try to sink those that do by knocking them down with your fingers. It isn't a big deal but it is a good habit.  Allow seeds to Soak for 6-12 hours.

Move the jar so the kitten won't knock it over! Empty the seeds into your Sprout Jar.  Drain off the soak water.  You may water plants or use it in stock if you like - it has nutrients in it.  

Broccoli seeds after a first soak

Rinse thoroughly with cool (60°-70°) water.  
Drain thoroughly!
Set your Sprout Jar anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between rinses.  This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top - in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprout jar won't get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us
Rinse and Drain again every 8-12 hours for 3 days.  Be sure to drain very thoroughly.
Day 4: Broccoli Sprouts

On the 4th day relocate your sprouts if necessary.
If you've been keeping them away from light, move them. Avoid direct sun.  It can cook your sprouts. Indirect sunlight is best but virtually any light will do.

Your sprouts will be done during day 5 or 6.

The majority of sprouts will have open leaves which will be green if you exposed them to light.
Before your final rinse; remove the seed hulls. Brassica sprout hulls are quite large (relative to the seed and sprout) and they hold a lot of water - which can dramatically lessen the shelf life of your sprouts
A sea of Broccoli Sprouts
Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after the final rinse.  After you de-hull and the final rinse we need to drain very thoroughly and let our sprouts dry a bit.  At this time, you can spread your seeds out only a plate
Transfer the sprout crop to a clean glass jar or the sealed container of your choice.


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