There is so much precious goodness all crammed into wheatgrass juice that it’s no wonder that it’s called the “Liquid Sunshine”. All the best under the sun, are found in wheatgrass and the best way to get to them, is through wheatgrass juice. “The Nectar of the Gods, the Ultimate Blood Purifier“.
To ensure continuous supply of this superfood, why not sprout your own? You can obtain the supplies from your local organic shop or health store, or check out our online store, click on “Wheatgrass and Sprouting”.
I’ve put together a simple step-by-step sprouting instructions here for your easy reference. It really isn’t that difficult to sprout wheatgrass and you can do it yourself at home. Not only do you get the good feeling of harvesting your very own miracle food, it also brightens up your home with its cheery green.
Step # 1: Pre-sprout/Germinating
Organic wheatgrass seeds are recommended for sprouting to ensure the sweetness of your wheatgrass juice and that it will contain the optimum vitamins and minerals that will boost your health.
- Pre-sprouting is so important to ensure a good crop. Follow these steps to pre-sprout your wheatgrass seeds to ensure that your crop grows at a much faster rate.
- Measure out a bowl of seeds. Amount: estimate enough to fill one layer of seeds on whatever the size of your tray.
- Rinse the seeds in clean water, drain, then soak the seeds in a container with about 2-3 times of cool water.
- Soak for about 8-10 hours.
- After 8-10 hours, drain the water, then cover them with cling wrap in a glass dish and put them in a dark area.
- After the second set of 8-10 hours check on them and mist with water.
- Repeat until sprouted roots of at least 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch.
Step # 2: Preparing the Tray
- Line the bottom of the tray with unbleached paper towels so that the roots do not protrude at the bottom through the holes in the tray.
- Fill the tray with pre-moistened soil, compost or potting mix to about one and half inch of the tray depth. Ensure that your soil does not contain artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Always use organic.
Step # 3: Planting
- Lay out the germinated seeds evenly and densely in one layer, on the damp soil in the tray. Gently impressed the seeds into the soil.
- Place your tray under indirect sunlight, probably inside your house, near a window and with proper ventilation. Wheatgrass does not like hot direct sunlight.
Step # 4: Watering
The young shoots need to be watered at least twice a day to keep them nice and moist. If the soil gets dry, the young shoots may die off before they root. To help prevent this, put a sheet of damp newspaper over the tray to keep them moist until they grow to about an inch high.To water, use a spray bottle, adjusting to light-medium. When the shoots are above one inch, probably about day 5, reduce watering to once a day in the morning. But always ensure that the water is just enough to keep the soil damp to the roots. Avoid over-watering.
In warmer and humid climates, mold may tend to grow in your wheatgrass tray. This is a common problem but is harmless. When harvesting, just cut above the affected area, avoiding the mold. A blowing fan during humid days may help prevent mold-growth.
Step # 5: Harvesting
When your wheatgrass grows to about 6 inches (about day 9 or 10), it is ready for harvesting. Use a scissors and cut the wheatgrass just above the seeds.
If there is mold, avoid and cut above it. You need about a bunch of the grass to make about 1 ounce of shot enough to give you energy for a day. Cut just prior to juicing to ensure freshness.
A tray the size of 21″ x 11″ should be able to provide you enough wheatgrass for about 14-18 ounces of juice.
Note: You may continue to water the crop to produce a second or third crop though they may not be as tender nor grow as tall. But you get extra ounces from it. Otherwise, clean the tray and start a new crop.
Step # 6: Juice and Enjoy
To juice wheatgrass, you need a wheatgrass juicer or a gear juicer. A centrifugal juicer is not be able to juice wheatgrass, and you may clog up the strainer in the process as it is very fibrous.
Rinse your wheatgrass and juice. Do not take more than one ounce a day if you are not familiar with drinking juices. Wheatgrass juice is such a powerful cleanser that it may cause you some healing reactions.
If Your Wheatgrass Turned Moldy
Moldy wheatgrass is a very common problem in tropical weather. Even though the wheatgrass mold is harmless, it may be a turn-off for most people, including me!
Here are a few suggestions that you can implement to reduce/eliminate mold in your future batches of wheatgrass.
# 1: Instead of soaking overnight or just 8-10 hours as suggested above, you may try to soak it a little longer (say 10-12 hours) so that the seeds expand more, allowing better germination and shorter sprouting time.
# 2: Lay out the seeds in the tray densely, but in one layer. Try not to have them overlap so that there is enough breathing space for each sprout. This allows a little “air” to reduce mold.
# 3: Don’t over-water your sprouts. Use a spray bottle so that you spray enough just to keep them wet, not soaked.
# 4: Do not miss this step—while waiting for your sprouts to take root, cover with a piece of damp newspaper and spray the paper to keep it wet. But remember, do not soak. (See the video below.)
# 5: Finally, you might even try this. Once your sprouts have taken root, put a “collecting tray” without holes under your wheatgrass tray to act as a water reservoir. So, instead of watering from the top, you water from the bottom so that the mold will grow at the bottom rather than on the sprouts. While you do this, still use your spray bottle to spray on the sprouts to keep them a little moist.
Try out some or all of the suggestions here and see what works for you depending on the humidity in your area. Don’t give up. I believe you will get beautiful harvests once you understand your sprouts better.