How to Grow Your Own Organic Broccoli Sprouts

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Organic broccoli sprouts are great on salads and in sandwiches, and they are very easy to grow in your kitchen. Here’s how to grow broccoli sprouts at home for year-round fresh greens.

Be sure to try growing lentil sprouts, too!

broccoli sprouts on a fresh salad

Sprouting is a simple way to grow food in your own kitchen without even a small pot of dirt. Sprouts are generally considered one of the foods highest in enzymes and are chock full of many vitamins and minerals, depending on the seed you are sprouting.

Organic broccoli sprouts, in particular, have come into focus as a particularly nutritious seed to sprout.

Cruciferous vegetables are generally considered a category of vegetables good for detoxification but the sprouts of broccoli are said to contain even higher quantities of the sulfur compounds that detoxify your body than the whole vegetable.

Basic Sprouting Primer

If you’ve planted a garden, you’ve grown sprouts. The process requires quite the same parameters of moisture and warmth to create delicious, homegrown sprouts. Instead of planting directly in soil, though, you simply use water. (Microgreens such as these are grown in very small amounts of soil, and is another great indoor garden project to try.)

The first few days of sprouting these organic broccoli seeds can be done with or without daylight. But after a few days you will see little tails and then tiny little leaves beginning to emerge. That is when you want to get your sprouts into indirect sunlight to green them up and allow them a bit of time to make chlorophyll.

To determine how much broccoli seed to start with, you must decide how large you wish to grow these broccoli sprouts. The younger you consume them, some health experts say, the better. In that case, three tablespoons works well. If you want them to grow long and leafy, use two tablespoons and give them a couple of extra days of growth.

how to grow broccoli sprouts: sprouts on a metal sprouting lid

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How to grow broccoli sprouts

You’ll need a quart sized mason jar, a canning ring, and a sprouting screen in order to grow sprouts at home. You’ll also need sprouting seeds and fresh water. Choose organic broccoli seeds for sprouts.

Place the seeds into the bottom of the quart jar. Cover with water up to the two-cup measure, place the sprouting screen and canning ring on the jar, and leave to soak at 60-80 degrees for 8-12 hours.

Once you’ve soaked the seeds, simply turn the jar over your sink and allow the water to drain out. Rinse the seeds and then drain this water out as well. The moisture from the soaking and rinsing will be enough to get the process started. Leave the jar tilted downward in a bowl at a 45 degree angle to drain any remaining water off. After 12 hours, repeat the rinsing process as stated above and place the jar back into the bowl to drain and rest for another 12 hours.

seeds and sprouted seeds in two glass jars

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Repeat the 12 hour cycle of rinsing, draining, and resting the organic broccoli sprouts two times a day, until you begin to see sprouts forming. This usually takes three days, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. (If your kitchen is 85 degrees or above, you may want to rinse the sprouts once at mid-day as well to avoid any fermentation.)

sprouted seeds close up

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Once sprouts begin to form, move the sprout jar into indirect sunlight and continue the rinsing/draining/resting cycle until the broccoli sprouts have reached the desired size. Consume the broccoli sprouts immediately or refrigerate for several days before consuming.

Eating broccoli sprouts

Now that you know how to grow broccoli sprouts right in your kitchen, you’ll need to explore ways to use them. Here are some ideas for you!

  • Add them to green salad.
  • Top a sandwich.
  • Put them in wraps.
  • Add them to smoothies.
  • Mix into tuna or chicken salad.
  • Put some on your avocado toast.
broccoli sprouts in an inverted jar
How to Grow Organic Broccoli Sprouts

How to Grow Organic Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli sprouts are easy to grow at home, delicious, and a great way to generate some fresh greens during winter months or on an urban countertop.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart mason jar
  • A sprouting screen, or make one as described here
  • 1 canning ring
  • 2-3 tablespoons of organic broccoli sprouting seeds
  • water

Instructions

  1. Place your sprouting seeds into the bottom of the quart jar. Cover with water up to the two-cup measure, place the sprouting screen and canning ring on the jar, and leave to soak at 60-80 degrees for 8-12 hours.
  2. After the soaking period, tip the jar and allow the water to drain out. Then add more water to cover the seeds by one-half inch and swirl around to rinse the seeds. Drain this water out as well.
  3. You will now be leaving your sprouts to drain in a bowl. (The moisture from the soaking and rinsing will be enough to get the process started.)
  4. Leave the jar tilted downward in a bowl at a 45 degree angle to drain any remaining water off.
  5. After 12 hours, repeat the rinsing process as stated above and place the jar back into the bowl to drain and rest for another 12 hours.
  6. Repeat the 12 hour cycle of rinsing, draining, and resting, until you begin to see sprouts forming. This usually takes three days, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. (If your kitchen is 85 degrees or above, you may want to rinse once at mid-day as well to avoid any fermentation.)
  7. Once sprouts begin to form, move the sprout jar into indirect sunlight and continue the rinsing/draining/resting cycle until the broccoli sprouts have reached the desired size.

Notes

Consume the organic broccoli sprouts immediately or refrigerate for several days before consuming.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Meet the Author

Shannon Stonger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family's journey towards sustainability. She is the author of The Doable Off-Grid Homestead, Traditionally Fermented Foods, and the sourdough baking book 100% Rye. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

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  • Gregg Mar 24, 2018, 5:52 am

    do you need to dry the sprouts when finished before refrigerating? if so, how do you dry them?

    • Kris Bordessa Mar 24, 2018, 1:04 pm

      I like to store stuff like this in a container lined with a flour sack towel. It absorbs excess liquid but maintains a certain level of moisture.

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