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How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts – Indoor Gardening

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An easy way to grow your own healthy food is to start sprouting seeds. Seed sprouting produces healthy greens within a few days, and requires very little space or equipment. Alfalfa sprouts are one of the many kinds of plants you can sprout and eat. They provide a high amount of fiber, vitamin A, B, E and K. They are also a good source of protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, carotene and chlorophyll.

What You Need

Alfalfa sprouting seeds

Sprouting jar

Step 1

Add 2 tablespoons of alfalfa sprouting seeds to your sprouting jar. Make sure the lid has a fine mesh screen that won’t allow the seeds to escape from the jar.

Step 2

Rinse your seeds with cool water, and then drain the water thoroughly from the seeds. Fill the jar with lukewarm water, and set it in a dark location at room temperature for 24 hours.

Step 3

Drain the water from your seeds after 24 hours. Rinse your seeds again with cool water, and drain the water thoroughly from the seeds to prevent spoilage.

Step 4

Repeat the rinsing and draining of water from your seeds twice a day until the sprouts reach the length you desire.

Step 5

Rinse your sprouts a final time. Drain the water completely from the sprouts, and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

Resources

University of Wisconsin Extension; Growing Edible Sprouts at Home

Sprout People; Alfalfa

Nutrition Data; Alfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw

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