Wheatgrass sprouts

Wheatgrass sprouts

These seeds are HIGH GERMINATING – ORGANIC – FRESH Hard Red Wheat.

We do regular testing of our seeds to insure that you only receive high germinating wheat seed.

You can grow wheatgrass for yourself, or your pets!

Cats love wheatgrass, which then makes it, well, CATGRASS!

That’s right, catgrass and wheatgrass are  the same thing!


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Why should I drink wheatgrass juice?

Growing and juicing your own wheat sprouts is not only decorative and fun, but also highly nutritional. Wheatgrass is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The juice has many health benefits due to the high concentration of chlorophyll, Vitamins B-12, B-6, K & C, and beta-carotene.

Wheatgrass has the following properties:

Detoxifies the liver

Cleanses the colon

Leads to a tangible energy boost

Boosts the immune system

Purifies blood as Chlorophyll has similar molecular structure to hemoglobin – a component of blood

Very rich in chlorophyll

Contains 97 enzymes, vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals made famous in the US by Dr. Ann Wigmore in treatment of cancer

Experience less colds as your resistance to infection increases Contains more protein per once than beef

Wheatgrass earned its reputation from people with terminal illnesses who took it at the eleventh hour after conventional medicine left them with no hope. In the 1970s Dr. Ann Wigmore opened the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, nourishing terminally ill patients back to health with fresh squeezed wheatgrass. Dr. Charles F. Schnabel (1895~1974) chemist and agriculturalist, knew from his work with his farm animals and his research in the laboratory that wheatgrass boosts nutrition, builds good blood and strengthens immunity. More recently, there are many studies demonstrating the nutrition of grass foods, using both clinical evidence and testimonials. In the US there are numerous healing centers where wheatgrass plays a key role in the diet. There are courses run in the UK by proponents of wheatgrass and raw, living foods.

Wheatgrass has long been used like a herbal medicine ~ for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. Although wheat is the most popular, barley, oats and rye are equally potent.
Growing Wheatgrass.

1. Soak your hard winter wheat seed overnight or 8-12 hours.  Hard spring wheat will also work, however at times the winter wheat is a better choice.  They are the same seed, just harvested at the farm a different time of the year.

2. Sprout the seed in a jar for the next 16-24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day, before work, after work & before bed or before school, after school and before bed… some of you may have gotten that joke and are laughing right now!!

3. Plant the seed after a very short “tail” is visible, on top of the soil (basic potting mix or top soil will work fine, peat moss is an important ingredient to look for in your soil.  If you have to add peat moss the mix is 1 part peat moss/3parts soil) filled half-way up the tray.  Do not bury the seeds under the soil.  But you will need to cover them up to keep them wet.

4. Water tray, heavily but gently, once in the morning and then cover seed to keep from drying out for the first three days.  Another tray can be used that will go right on top of the seed, either empty or full with soil (you won’t hurt the seeds), or a black piece of plastic.  The cover is to keep the seeds wet.

5. During the first three days of growth, water once a day, heavy but gentle, in the am and really soak the soil (when the tray drips it’s a good sign you are watering enough) and then lightly mist your seed in the pm, before bed.

6. On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight).  If you can ‘see’ in the room where you are growing and do not have to turn on a light, then there is plenty of light for your grass to green up.  In the winter months, if you have to keep the grass inside a room where there are no windows, you may have to change the light bulbs in that room to full / wide spectrum lights. (6500 K rated bulbs) Leave them on as long as the sun would be out.

7. For mold problems, (usually caused by too much water and poor air circulation) increase your air circulation with a fan or A/C to keep temp. between 60-80 degrees.

8. Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears or when the grass ‘splits / joints’ toward the bottom of the blade (average growing time is 7-12 days depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is).  Scissors work great to cut the grass.  Harvest really low and right above the seed.

It is always better to harvest your wheatgrass sooner rather than later!!  The older it gets, the more bitter it tastes. 

9. Only harvest one time… that cut grass will store in the fridge for up to 7 – 14 days.  Use salad bags for storage, and be sure that your fridge is cold, 38-40 degrees.  Once you harvest, then start process all over again with new seed and soil.  It will grow back a second time however it will have lost 50-75% of its nutritional value.  Wheat is an annual seed, so the first growth is the one you want.  The second can be given to your animals!!!

 

 

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