There is no doubt that broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables. But, did you know that you can find a food that has a similar taste with broccoli, but it is cheaper and healthier than broccoli itself and you can even grow at your own home?
Well, we are talking about broccoli sprouts. Sprouts are known for being extremely healthy due to their high content of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. What is more, you only need some seeds which are easy to grow at home.
Sprouts can be grown from different foods, and every type of sprout has a unique nutritional value. The best thing about sprouts is that they get healthier after you pick them off the plant.
Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts
Anti-cancer properties: Many studies proved that broccoli sprouts are abundant with compounds and nutrients that have the ability to fight cancer. Sulforaphane is the main compound in broccoli sprouts. Even though this same chemical is found in broccoli, the broccoli sprouts have 100 times higher content of Sulforaphane compared to broccoli itself.
Fight ulcers: We all know that ulcers can be very painful, and can damage your digestive system. Broccoli sprouts are a great source of glucoraphanin which can act as an antibiotic in the digestive tract, thus preventing H. Pylori, an infection that can cause ulcers.
How to grow broccoli sprouts at home
Growing broccoli sprouts isn’t a complicated process. You only need seeds for the first growing cycle then it is easy to grow your sprouts from a current batch.
You should add 3 tablespoons of broccoli sprout seeds in a bowl. Add cool water at a ratio of 1 tablespoon broccoli seeds to 3 tablespoons water. Soak the seeds and leave them to stand for 12 hours. Drain off the water and place the seeds and a small amount of water in a suitable drainage.
Make sure to place the container in a cool place. You should rinse and drain every 12 hours for 4days. The sprouts should have opened after the fifth day. Remove seed hulls and transfer the sprouts to a bowl. Make sure to cover with water. After 8-12 hours, your sprouts will be ready. Keep them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.