Sunflower Seeds Sprouting

I have been sprouting my own sunflower seeds for a good year now. It’s fast process and takes only 10-12 days from start to finish. Sunflower seed sprouts are packed with vitamins and you can use those almost everywhere: smoothies, salads or soups.

Sunflower sprouts are a powerful antioxidant that rids the body of harmful free radicals that pose risk for heart disease. And for all of those people who ask “But like where do you get your protein from if you don’t eat meat?”, these sprouts are one of the richest sources of protein, 100 grams of sprouted sunflower seeds contains 22.78 grams of protein.

I like to grow my own because it’s easy to do even if you don’t have a garden, you can easily do it in winter time as well and it is so much cheaper than buying already sprouted ones.

For sprouting sunflower seeds you will need:

Sunflower seeds (unroasted). Amount depends on your tray size, I use about 100 grams.

Bowl

Soil

Some sort of tray (I use old baking tray, 20×30 cm)

As many books as you have.

Day one:

Add you sunflower seeds into the bowl full of water and soak for 24 hours.

Day two:

Remove sunflower seeds from water and rinse. Add to the bowl again without adding any water. Make sure that sunflower seeds are always wet, splash some water from time to time if needed. Leave for 24 hours.

On the morning of day three your sunflower seeds should start looking like this

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Days three to five:

On the morning of day three you are ready to plant your sunflower seeds. Take your tray and add soil in it, tray should be almost full to the top. Make sure soil is wet. Add sunflower seeds on top and press lightly, pour more water on top. Add old magazine on top, making sure it covers all surface of the tray.

Add as many books as you have on top, I usually use around 10 heavy books. Leave your seeds like this for 3 whole days. On the day two you can check if the seeds are wet enough depending how hot it is where you live. I you see that soil is dry just add some water and cover again.

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Day four:

Come back from grocery shopping and find your dog had a little bit too much fun. Go to day one and start again. If you are lucky enough and your sunflower sprouts survived carry on with day 6.

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Day six to the end of growing:

On the day six remove all the books and uncover the sunflower seeds. They should look like that, already starting to sprout

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Now all you need to do is wait for them to grow. Leave somewhere where sprouts can get enough light. Mine are usually all grown and ready to be eaten on day 11. I just cut mine with scissors close to the roots and remove shells from the top. You can easily leave sprouts in the fridge for about a week or even longer.

If you notice mold forming when you remove the books:

Don’t worry it happens sometimes. There might be few reasons why that happened. One of the reasons this happens is because soil is too wet and there is not enough oxygen under the books. The other reason is that it is too warm in the room or the weather is too humid. But don’t worry about that, when you remove the books seeds will get enough oxygen and mold should disappear, just don’t add any water for few days.

Now all you need to do is wait for them to grow. Leave somewhere where sprouts can get enough light. Mine are usually all grown and ready to be eaten on day 11. I just cut mine with scissors close to the roots and remove shells from the top. You can easily leave sprouts in the fridge for about a week or even longer.

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You can try sprouting shelled seeds and then you save some time removing the shells in the end. But I like using seeds with shells because this way sprouts grow larger and are more juicy.

So it is really easy to sprout, it doesn’t take much time and it is very fun experience to have your own tiny garden, plus it tastes really nice! :)

Enjoy! x

 

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