Sprouts can make a crispy addition to sandwiches, stir fries, and other dishes. They can be eaten cooked or raw, and they're incredibly easy to grow! You can get started with little more than a wide-mouthed jar, a piece of cheesecloth, and a rubber band.
It's best to purchase seeds from a grocery or specialty store, so that you'll get untreated seeds that are designed for sprouting. Common options include alfalfa, mung bean, broccoli, and radish seeds.
There are several methods for growing sprouts, but they all rely on the right balance of water, warmth, and good air circulation. Growing sprouts only takes a few days from start to finish, so it's also a great gardening project to do with kids!
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Broccoli Sprouts--University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
- Growing Edible Sprouts at Home--University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension (PDF)
- Growing Good-tasting Sprouts is Easy and Fun--Christian Science Monitor
- Growing Seed Sprouts at Home--University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources (PDF)
- Growing Sprouts--University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension