Researchers from many universities, including Ohio State and John Hopkins University claim that broccoli sprouts have 1,000% more nutrients in their content than that of mature broccoli.
Broccoli contains the important phytochemical called Sulforaphane, which fights cancer in several ways: prevents production of cancer cells, removes carcinogens, reduces tumors, and destroys breast cancer cells.
Broccoli has incredible anti-cancer properties, but broccoli sprouts posses 50 times the amount of these anti-cancer properties.
These small plants contain powerful digestive enzymes which make them easily absorbed. You can add them in many meals since their flavor allows combining with other different foods. They are easy to grow, and if you keep them in the fridge they will last up to 2 weeks.
7 Easy Steps to Grow Broccoli Sprouts
1. Rinse 3 tablespoons of organic, high germination sprouting broccoli seeds in a plastic strainer or a tightly woven stainless steel, and make sure you remove any debris to keep only the seeds.
2. Put the seeds in a pre-sterilized, quart sized, glass jar (you can use a mason canning jar, by first washing it with boiling water and letting it cool). Take ¾ cup of purified or spring water and pour it in the jar. You can pour more water if you want as the seeds will absorb only the quantity required for sprouting. Add the rinsed seeds and if there are some which float push them down with your finger. Allow them to stay in the jar for 8 hours.
3. Skim off any bits that are floating, and drain the water from the jar using a strainer, or by putting a piece of cheesecloth or plastic screen at the lid of the jar. Rinse the seeds, but make sure they aren’t soaking in water from now on because they will rot.
Invert the jar on a holder like dish rack, at about 45 degrees for about 10 minutes, so that the sprouts drain the excess water. Then, store them in a well-ventilated place and don’t forget to rinse and drain the sprouts every eight hours.
To make this job easier, you don’t have to remove the lid and just add water through the screen. After this, shake the jar and leave it until the next time you need to rinse. Continue doing this for 3 days, or until you see 2 emerging leaves.
4. Put them in partial or indirect sunlight to get them greener. Rinse and drain for one or two more days, and then store them in the fridge.
5. Put the sprouts in a large container, or a bowl, filled with clean water. Pull the sprout mass carefully, allowing the hulls to float, and then skim the off. Rinse the sprouts once more and put them in the jar with the screen on. Allow the water from the jar to drain completely, by placing the jar in an inverted position for about 8 hours.
6. Put the broccoli sprouts in a covered jar and store them in the fridge for later use in sandwiches, salads, or to eat it as a snack.
7. The last step is to enjoy the broccoli sprouts, preferably raw (uncooked) to obtain the maximum benefits from this nutrient dense food.