Inside Gardening with Sunflower Greens
The freshest and most nutritionist produce are the ones just picked from nature. They not only contain their individual profile of nutrients but they are alive with energy.
When it comes to growing, or sprouting sunflower sprouts, they are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, protein and iron, and believe it or not, are high in calories. A ¼ cup serving of sunflower sprouts contains 190 calories, along with 6 grams of protein.
Of course green food contains chlorophyll, which benefits many essential functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, and supporting enzymes.
Sunflower greens are not only healthy, but they taste delicious as well! They are known for their delicate, crisp nutty flavor.
The also provide a perfect, gourmet touch to salads, sandwiches, or wraps.
Sprouting legumes, wheat grass, and sunflower seeds is part of my regular routine, of which I often refer to as inside gardening. Easy to do, and fun to watch grow.
How to Grow or Sprout Sunflower Greens
Equipment Needed: n/a
- Black oil organic sunflower seeds, soaked in water for 6 hours or over night – I have found these seeds work great (source noted below).
- Organic potting soil
I’ve grown them in cafeteria trays, but for today, let me show you a very simple method using glass pie plates.
1. Place organic potting soil in bottom of pie plate … approximately 3/4 to 1 inch in depth.
2. Drain and rinse sunflower seeds that have been soaking. Sprinkle seeds evenly over top of soil.
3. Pour water onto seeds and soil, so that all of the soil is moist.
4. Take a second pie plate and place it in and on top of seeds and soil. Holding firmly, tilt plates so that any excess water runs out. Your seeds and soil will not fall out, as long you hold plates firmly together.
5. Leave the second pie plate placed inside on top of seeds and put them in a dark closet for 2-3 days, or cover them with a towel. In the summer time, usually 2 days is long enough. In the winter I allow at least 3 days. At the end of the time frame, you will see the sprouts actually pushing the second pie plate up. Remove second pie plate and place the sprouts next to a window for light.
5. Depending upon time a year, it will take a few days for them to grow high enough where they are ready to harvest. I only cut whats needed for a salad or sandwich. Keep soil moist or else greens with begin to wilt.
To have a supply of sunflower greens always on hand, start another pie plate while you are using your current crop of greens.
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