Why grow your own?

Not only are sprouts tasty, they have lots of health benefits as well! Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber are commonly found throughout different sprout types. Growing them at home removes the chance of any pesticides, additives, or unwanted chemicals!

Sprouts can be enjoyed raw or cooked, and make a delicious addition to any salad or sandwich. If you love sprouts, learn to grow them at home!

You will need:

  • A quart-sized glass jar (cleaned and sterilized)
  • Seeds of your choice
  • A spoon for measuring
  • Jar covering that will let air and water through (example: plastic canvas)


  1. Add 2 spoonfulls of sprout seeds to your jar.
  2. Add water to the jar until it is half full.
  3. Let it sit for 4-6 hrs in a dark area.
  4. Drain out the water.
  5. Rinse & drain seeds and let them sit overnight.
  6. Twice a day, rinse & drain the seeds.
  7. Continue to keep the jar in a dark area and watch as your seeds sprout!
  8. Your sprouts are ready once they form green leaves. Rinse & enjoy!


Some seed hulls may not have come off during the rinsing process. If you wish to remove the hulls, soak your sprouts in a bowl of water. The hulls will float to the surface and can easily be skimmed off.

Not sure what to grow? Here’s a list of ideas:

  • adzuki
  • alfalfa
  • broccoli
  • buckwheat
  • cabbage
  • chives
  • clover
  • cress
  • fenugreek
  • garbanzo
  • kale
  • lentil
  • mung
  • mustard
  • peas
  • radish
  • rye
  • soybean
  • black sunflower
  • turnip
  • wheat

Now that you know how easy it is to grow your own sprouts, give it a try! Which kind will you grow first?

Information from Cleveland Clinic, UF/IFAS, Pears not Parsnips, and Harvest to Table.