Most people who are trying to eat clean, whole foods understand the benefits of choosing broccoli for a vegetable. Broccoli is rich in vitamins C and K, offers a moderate amount of vitamin B and is a good low carb, low-protein food. What most may not realize is broccoli sprouts are LOADED with 1,000 percent more nutrients than mature broccoli! (According to both Johns Hopkins and Ohio State University.)
Broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, the prominent phytochemical found in broccoli is an excellent source for fighting cancer. It is known to remove carcinogens, prevent cancer cell production, destroy breast cancer cells and aid in tumor reduction. Pretty amazing! The university research shows the sprouts pack more nutritional punch because sprouts are easily absorbed into the system due to their potent digestive enzymes. These powerful sprouts are easy to add to a meal or eat on their own. Here is an easy way to grow them at home.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO GROW BROCCOLI SPROUTS
Start with three tablespoons organic, high germination broccoli seeds for sprouting. (There are many reputable sources for organic seeds online) Prepare the three tablespoons by thoroughly rinsing them in a tightly woven stainless steel strainer. Remove debris and non-seed material so you are only left with clean seeds.
Place rinsed seeds in a quart sized, pre-sterilized, glass jar. (I personally recommend a clean Mason jar that has been washed with boiling water.) Fill glass jar with roughly 3/4 cup of spring or purified water. Push down any floating seeds with your finger. Place your seed jar in an easy to see place for the first 8 hours.
Drain and Rinse and Drain and Rinse. Skim off any floating bits and drain them through a strainer or a piece of cheesecloth. It is important to keep your seeds rinsed at this point, but not soaking in water or they will become rotten. At this point, you should lean the jar at a 45 degree angle (a dish rack works great) to free the seeds from any excess water left. You will need to repeat the process every 8 hours. (It is recommended you place your jar in place you will remember to rinse and drain your seeds) This process will take place for three days until you begin to see leaves start to grow.
Now that you have leaf growth, place the jar in indirect or partial sunlight to allow the leaves to grow and become green. After one to two more days or rinsing and draining in the partial or indirect light, your broccoli sprouts are ready to go in the refrigerator.
Remove the hulls of the seeds by placing the broccoli sprouts in a large bowl of clean water. Gently pull the sprout mass apart and allow the seed hulls to float to the top of the water. Skim, rinse sprouts again, and return the jar with the screen on top. Invert the jar to fully drain and allow the sprouts to dry out. (Roughly 8 hours)
Place your broccoli sprouts in the refrigerator in a covered jar or other suitable container. These should stay fresh 7-10 days.
Broccoli sprouts are great in salads, sandwiches or to eat alone for an easy snack. Consume broccoli sprouts raw for the most benefits for anti-cancer benefits. If you have ways to enjoy sprouts, please share in the comments below.
Cheers to Good Health!