How to Grow BROCCOLI
Sprouted broccoli seed is renowned for its strong antioxidant content. The same constituents that account for this tremendous nutritional strength are also responsible for the strong, radish-like taste that broccoli sprouts are known for. Some evidence indicates that eating broccoli sprout is especially beneficial to the stomach and digestive system, helping to prevent ulcers, gastritis and other damaging conditions.
DAYS OF HARVEST
To start your sprouts, you will want to soak your seeds in a bowl of cool water for 4-6 hours, or overnight, making certain that seeds are submersed and not floating on top of the water. This will soften the seed coat and promote germination. After soaking, thoroughly drain off all water. It is wise to rinse seeds immediately after soaking to clean them and wash away an extraneous matter, and again drain off all excess water.
Wait several hours, then later in that day: Rinse seeds with cool, clean water. Carefully drain off all water so seeds at bottom of sprouter are not covered with water.
Repeat this process of rinsing with cool water and draining 3-4 times per day as your seeds mature, and even as you begin to harvest and consume them. As your sprouts grow, it is important that they receive good air circulation. Many types of sprouters, such as simple canning jar types, provide good circulation with the tilting motion necessary for complete drainage. Keep your container on your kitchen table or counter, or similar location that has dependable lighting and airflow.
Once sprouts have reached a desirable state for consumption, typically 3-6 days after germination, they can be transferred out of sprouter and placed under refrigeration to prolong their lifespan. This is not necessary but will slow down the growth process and give you a larger window to eat your sprouts. Keeping your broccoli sprouts out longer. Sprouts should not be allowed to dry out, as they can quickly lose their vitality and nutritional content.
Clean sprouter thoroughly after use.
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