Growing Sunflower Sprouts

sunflower sproutsSunflower sprouts are a gift to a salad or a sandwich.  We are big fans of this easy to grow microgreen.  They are a joy for kids to grow because they are super fast growing, vibrant and delicious.  Young kids can be responsible for the whole process, which is really fun for them.

Chances are always better that they will eat something that they have a hand in preparing.  I was blown away the first time we grew these gorgeous little sprouts.  Watching my girls eating them three or four at a time was just amazing.  If I bought some sprouts and put them on the table for dinner they would likely look at me like I had lost my mind.  When Z reminded me that she wanted sunflower sprouts in her sandwich for lunch, I knew we had a winner.

These little power houses can also be added to smoothies.  They have a mellow flavour and are packed with nutrients, perfect additions.  I have started keeping some on hand to bring along as hostess gifts.  On a recent trip to the health food mecca Carrot Common in TO, I spotted sunflower sprouts for over $7 for the same amount that I grow for next to nothing.

These were grown in organic soil.  I re-used a cello container from berries – it is perfect for sprouts – a sufficient depth with holes in the bottom for drainage.  I soaked about two tablespoons of organic non GMO sunflower seeds for about 12 hours to make for quicker germination.  The seeds were spread across the surface of the soil and a very light layer of soil was added on top (you could still see some seeds popping through).  I watered them every morning lightly so that the soil was kept moist, and after about 24 hours we could already see some changes.  I kept them on a sunny shelf in the kitchen.  Three days later we had the beautiful sprouts in the photo.  They will continue to grow longer if you leave them out of the fridge and continue to water them.

Don’t cut the sprouts until you are ready to use them so that you get maximum nutrient punch.  They will continue to grow outside of the fridge and you can snip some whenever needed.  If you put them in the fridge they will stop growing.  Once you have snipped all of the shoots, the plant is done.  It won’t continue to grow.

This is an easy project to do with little ones.  It can be done year round with little mess.  Sunflower seeds grow quickly and it is so great to be able to eat what you grow.   Start a kitchen garden today with some delicious micro greens.

2 thoughts on “Growing Sunflower Sprouts

  1. jill313 says:

    Congrats on this new venture! And thanks for this post, I have never grown them and it looks so easy…I will be sure to include in school lunches. Thanks Paula!

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