It’s hard to resist sunflower seeds, because they are so tasty – but they are also good for you. Like other seeds, they are even healthier and more nutritious when sprouted. Sunflower seeds are rich in protein and calcium as well as potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, C and E.
Getting a good sprouted sunflower seed crop depends upon a few things: Air temperature can’t be too cool or hot – room temperature works well, proper soaking and regular rinsing and letting them grow the right amount of time. It’s easy, the process is simple and you’ll get the hang of it the first time you try sprouting sunflower seeds.
How to Sprout Sunflower Seeds
Start with raw hulled seeds that have not been salted – I only use organic seeds to sprout. Soak the sunflower seeds in room-temperature water overnight, or eight to ten hours. Start them out soaking in the sprouting jar, there’s no need to transfer them during the soaking/sprouting.
Cover the seeds completely with the water, enough to keep them underwater even when they absorb some of the water during the soak time. Sunflower seeds are so easy to sprout that sometimes they will even start to sprout during their soaking! (Mine took about 24 hours before they sprouted) After they’ve soaked, drain the water and rinse the seeds well.
I always use a wide-mouth canning jar with a plastic screen. The screw-on ring holds the screen securely in place, and this set up allows water to freely flow in and out – rinsing is a snap. You can buy screens in different mesh sizes, and because sunflower seeds have a thin delicate skin that will loosen and fall off during the sprouting process, you will want to use the screen with the largest opening in the mesh to allow these skins to flow out with the rinse water. Removing these skins is important to keep your sprouts from spoiling as they sprout so if you are using cheesecloth to cover instead of a mesh screen, be careful to flush the skins out as thoroughly as you can before putting the cheesecloth back in place.
Once you’re done rinsing them, just put your rinsed seeds in a dark, cool place to begin sprouting.