Growing microgreens and sprouting are two of the easiest, fastest, most nutritious, and most rewarding things you could possibly grow at home. You may need a green thumb to grow fruits and vegetables but not for sprouts!
Broccoli Microgreen or Sprouting Seeds
Fast and easy to grow.
High in sulforaphane.
Grow as microgreens or sprouts.
Has a slightly spicy taste, similar to radish.
How to Sprout Broccoli Seeds
Add 1.5 tbsp (20 grams) of seeds to your jar, and fill with water.
Soak for 4-8 hours.
Rinse with water for a few minutes (It is particularly important to rinse your seeds well in humid conditions).
Tilt your jar upside down and using the sprouting lid to drain the water from your seeds. Leave for 8-12 hours.
Repeat the rinsing and draining process 2-3 times daily until your seeds sprout.
In 3-6 days the yield will be 1 – 1 1/2 cups.
How to Grow Broccoli Microgreens:
Do not presoak seeds.
Sow rate: 28 grams for a 25 x 50cm growing tray.
Moisten soil, flatten 3-4 cm soil in tray or grow hydroponically.
Cover for 2-3 days with tray lid. Store in well ventilated area away from light until the seeds germinate. Lightly water 1-2 times daily.
Uncover and place in light. Water 1-2 times daily.
Harvest time: Approximately 8-14 days
Broccoli Seed Details:
Botanical name: Brassica oleracea.
No chemical treatment.
Seeds per gram: Approx. 315.
Health Benefits of Microgreens and Sprouts
Incredibly nutrient dense and low in calories. One study found that "some microgreens contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts" .
Makes seeds easier to digest.
Essential minerals and nutrients contained within the seeds/legumes become more bioavailable after sprouting (i.e. the nutrients become easier for your body to absorb and use).
What's the Difference Between Microgreens and Sprouts?
Both microgreens and sprouts are the young shoots of germinated seeds - essentially baby plants. You can grow grains, legumes, nuts and seeds as sprouts or microgreens and people are now fully realising the benefits of eating these young plants.
Sproutsare not grown in soil or other growing medium but rather are germinated with only water, usually in a jar or on a paper towel. They do not need light but require rinsing/misting at least twice per day, are ready to eat in 3-5 days and both the seed and plant are consumed.
Microgreens are grown in soil, a hydroponic growing pad or another growing medium such as cocopeat. They require light, are usually ready to eat in 5-15 days depending on what you're growing, and are generally cut off above the soil so only the stems and leaves are consumed.