I enjoyed my first taste of soil-grown sprouts this weekend, and I was impressed with how much this technique of growing them in soil intensified the flavor. I grew these in partial sunlight, and this picture was taken fter only six full days from seeding.
These are lentil sprouts, grown in a clamshell packaging flat, with just a few drops of water added as needed during the week. We had a couple of 90-degree-plus days, lots of sunshine, and plenty of TLC from the gardener (me!).
After trimming these, I placed them back on my outdoor shelf to see if I could get more growth from some of the “slower” seeds. After one day, I’m seeing more sprouts, and I’ll get a full second harvest, it appears.
Microgreens, such as these, deliver a large dose of antioxidants for just pennies a cup, when you do it yourself. Another big plus is that you can grow your own salads 365 days per year. Whether grown in soil or in a Mason jar, the nutrient density per dollars spent make it worthwhile for your health.
Another tip: I continue to grown them even when I have plenty in the fridge. I package the excess in reusable containers in my freezer to use for my morning smoothies.
Here’s a link to Dr. Greger’s blog regarding micronutrients. It also links to some of his short videos that explain the cost effectiveness a little more.