If you like broccoli, read our article about how to grow broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are actually seeds that started to grow. They are used before they fully grow. Broccoli sprouts became popular because they are believed to have more healthy nutrients than fully mature broccoli plants.
Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts
What are the health benefits of broccoli sprouts? We already know that broccoli is rich in vitamin K and vitamin C. Broccoli sprouts contain greater amount of these healthy nutrients, so people tend to consume them more. Sprouts contain vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin E; calcium, proteins, zinc, iron and potassium. They are also helpful in menstrual problems and menopausal changes.
How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts at Home
There are several reasons why it is good to grow broccoli sprouts at home. First, they are less expensive than those you buy in a store, and second – you can be sure that they are naturally grown.
If you want to grow your own broccoli sprouts, here is what you need: containers, high quality soil, and plastic wraps. You will use containers to plant the seeds. Here is how you do it: first, you have to put the seeds into the water and leave it overnight. Put some soil into the container and pour some water into it. Now take some seeds and put them onto the soil. Take more soil and cover the seeds with it. Now take the plastic wrap all over the container. Make several holes so the air can circulate.
Keep your containers in a dry and warm place. Do not expose them to sunlight. Broccoli sprouts will be ready to consume in just five days.
There are few important things you should know about the seeds. When you go to the store to buy broccoli seeds, make sure to read the label well. There are some seeds that are chemically treated in order to last for a long time. You don’t really need those seeds. What you need is natural and untreated seeds for the best broccoli sprout. It would be best if you could find natural, organic seeds that are free from any pesticides.
After you have taken them out of the container, you can keep them in your refrigerator for 2 weeks. You can put them into the freezer, but they will change their texture after taking them out of the freezer. When it comes to preparing and cooking broccoli sprouts, you should try not to overcook them, since their nutrients would lose some of their value.