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, so nibble them by the handful or sprinkle them on salads and sandwiches.

Sprouting Seeds and Wrap

Sprouting Seeds in Jar and Sandwich Wrap

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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 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.

Sprinkling Seeds Onto Paper Towel

Sprinkling Seeds Onto Paper Towel

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DK - Ready Set Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Keep the paper towel moist at all times.

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 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.

Drain Water from Seed Jar

Drain Water from Seed Jar

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DK - Ready Set Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. 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.

Draining Sprouted Seeds

Draining Sprouted Seeds in Glass Jar

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Ready Set Grow! View original photo.

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 Seeds in Jar

Sprouted Pea Seeds in Glass Jar

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Ready Set Grow! View original photo.

DK - Ready Set Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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