I imagine that you've heard about the health benefits of broccoli sprouts. Research has shown that 3-4 day old broccoli sprouts contain high levels of sulforaphanes, which is known as a cancer-fighting compound.
In this article, we'll show you how to grow broccoli sprouts with a glass sprouting jar. You can also use a plastic sprouting colander or a hemp sprouting bag. If you choose one of these methods, you may need to experiment with the quantities of seeds that you use.
One litre glass sprouting jar.
1.5 tablespoons of non-GMO, non-hybrid and not chemically treated (preferably organic) broccoli seeds.
Instructions for sprouting broccoli seeds
Rinse 1.5 tablespoons of seeds in cool water.
Add seeds to your glass sprouting jar. Top up with water.
Soak for 4-8 hours.
Drain the water from your seeds, using the sprouting lid (strainer) in your jar. Rinse with cool water for at least a few minutes.
Place your jar upside down in a bowl or in a dish drainer, and leave to drain for 8-12 hours.
Repeat the draining and rinsing process for 3-4 days until your broccoli seeds have sprouted.
Your harvest will be approximately 1-1.5 cups.
Tips and troubleshooting
Rinse your sprouts well (at least a few minutes each time) to reduce the risk of mould. High humidity/temperatures are a common cause of mould.
Discard your sprouts if they have visible signs of mould, or if they don't look right. They will usually have a small web of root hairs, which is OK and normal. Mould will have black or brown spots.
Broccoli sprouts have a distinct sulphur-like smell, but they should not have an overpowering smell. Inadequate drainage can 'drown' your seeds. When draining your seeds, ensure that they are not left soaking in a puddle of water.
It is advisable to use the recommended amount of seeds, as too many seeds will lead to sprouts overcrowding, clumping and mould.
Keep your sprouts out of direct sunlight. The best spot to grow your sprouts is on your kitchen bench.