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.
Sprouting Seeds in Jar and Sandwich Wrap

Sprouting Seeds in Jar and Sandwich Wrap

To make a simple, scrumptious, and super-healthy wrap, tuck a handful of sprouting seeds, a slice of ham, and a lettuce leaf inside a wrap.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

To make a simple, scrumptious, and super-healthy wrap, tuck a handful of sprouting seeds, a slice of ham, and a lettuce leaf inside a wrap.

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.

Sprinkling Seeds Onto Paper Towel

Sprinkling Seeds Onto Paper Towel

To begin sprouting your seeds, place a few sheets of paper towels onto a shallow tray. Soak 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.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Keep the paper towel moist.

Watch the seeds germinate and taste them after a few days.

Snow Pea Seeds on Moist Paper Towel

Snow Pea Seeds on Moist Paper Towel

Keep the paper towel moist at all times. Watch the seeds germinate and taste them after a few days.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Covering Glass Jar With Muslin

Covering Glass Jar With Muslin

Put two tablespoons of snow pea 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.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Drain Water from Seed Jar

Drain Water from Seed Jar

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Draining Sprouted Seeds in Glass Jar

Draining Sprouted Seeds in Glass Jar

Rinse and drain 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.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Sprouted Pea Seeds in Glass Jar

Sprouted Pea Seeds in Glass Jar

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.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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