How to Sprout Seeds
Sprouts are seeds that have just begun to germinate, so you can grow them in only a few days. They're tasty and nutty and crunchy and very good for you.
From: DK Books - Ready Set Grow
For this example, we've used snow peas, one of many edible sprouting seeds. There are two main ways to germinate seeds quickly. Store your seeds in the refrigerator so they don't become moldy, and make sure to eat them within five days. This project will take six days to complete.
Materials Needed for Method 1:
- snow pea seeds
- shallow tray
- paper towels
1. Place paper towels in a shallow tray.
Soak a few sheets of paper towels in water. Spread your seeds over the damp surface and place the tray in a warm place — like in front of a sunny window.
2. Keep the paper towel moist.
Watch the seeds germinate and taste them after a few days.
Materials Needed for Method 2:
- snow pea seeds
- empty glass jar
- clean muslin or toe end of clean panty hose
- rubber band
1. Put seeds into a large glass jar.
Put two tablespoons of seeds into a large glass jar. Fill it 3/4 full of water and cover with a piece of clean muslin. You can also use the toe end of a clean pair of panty hose instead of muslin. Secure with a rubber band and leave for 8-12 hours, or overnight.
2. Drain the water away through the muslin.
Rinse the seeds with cold water and drain well again. Place the jar on a warm windowsill out of direct sunlight.
3. Rinse the seeds with cold water twice a day.
After a couple of days, taste a few sprouts to see if they are ready to eat.
4. Rinse and drain the sprouts for a final time.
When the sprouts are ready, take off the muslin and leave them for eight hours so all the water can dry off.