In the middle of winter when we were having a snow storm about every week it was nice to think about new plant growth and fresh greens to eat. I’d read that there are good health benefits to eating sprouted seeds, and had been wanting to try growing my own for a while. So I was interested in trying Dr. Mercola’s Sprouting Seeds when they asked about a review. They sent me 1 bag of Broccoli Sprouts, 1 bag of Pea Shoots, 1 bag of Sunflower Shoots, 1 Sprouting Tray Bottom, and 1 Sprout Doctor Soil Enhancement. The following words and opinions are completely my own.
Due to having to figure out what to do with the sprouts I let the bags sit for weeks. What can I say? I’m busy and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I wish that I wouldn’t have let them sit because I found out that it is very easy to grow these. After I soaked the sprouts in water over night I layered some of the soil enhancement, then the seeds, and another layer of soil.
The Pea Shoots sprouted within 7 days. The bottom right picture in the collage was taken exactly 7 days after the seeds were planted. They continued to do great.
The Sunflower Shoots started about 10 days after planting them, and they didn’t do so good. There could be a couple reasons for this. Maybe my windowsill was too cold since we were having below zero temperatures outside. One time our dog jostled the whole tray, and a couple times the kids bumped it. This caused a lot of the sunflower seeds to come up and lay on top of the dirt, and I thought that might affect their growth. When I try again I will put more dirt on top of the sunflower seeds, and I’m definitely going to try again.
Learn more: Guide to Sprouting Beans, Seeds, and Grains
I was pleasantly surprised at my children’s interest in the process. They helped me spritz the dirt every day with water and eagerly waited for a bit of green to show through. Oh the excitement when they found some! It created some good teaching moments that they will remember better because it was hands on.
Our house is very dry over winter and the directions recommend a spritzing instead of just pouring water on – which makes sense – but does take a bit more time. When you grow sprouts I highly recommend a top for the container because remembering to water daily was the toughest part for me.
Learn more: Ways To Get Your Family To Eat Sprouts
The next thing to do was to actually eat the sprouts. I tried some Pea Shoots plain and they didn’t really have much taste – good or bad. I added them to salads and stew, and gave some to the parrots. My husband and oldest daughter didn’t mind them at all; they both like salads.
If you have an area or windowsill that you can use in the kitchen I recommend that you use it for the sprouts; part of my struggle was that I’m not used to having the sprouts available and I kept forgetting to use them. I want to add some to my breakfast smoothies one of these days.
The next thing I’m going to do is sprout the broccoli seeds in a jar. Other ladies have told me it’s easy. Have you tried it? Would you like to?
Enter the giveaway to win some sprouts for yourself. If you want to make sure you get some sprouts you can order them from Dr. Mercola’s online store. There’s also a video there that shows you what to do and a list of good reasons to eat organic sprouts.
- 1 bags of Broccoli Sprouts
- 1 bags of Pea Shoots
- 1 Sprouting Tray Top
- 1 Sprouting Tray Bottom
For US & Canada only. Winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and notified via email.
I’d love to hear from you if you grow sprouts! What do you do with them?