Last week, I caught myself spending a bit too much time perusing through the internet trying to find the perfect price on seeds for sprouting. Luckily, I have come to a place in life where I am aware of when I pushing myself to the brink of obsession and know when to stop now. My problem..the natural foods co-op offered a pound of alfalfa seeds for sprouting at the best price, but delivery time wasn't soon enough for me. Whether it be broccoli or alfalfa, I must have sprouts with my tomatoes!! It's one of my many quirks :).
Then, I had one of those "ah, ha" moments. Duh, Danielle...you have a ton of broccoli in the front yard going to seed! With some good planning, the seeds can be dried and sprouted just in time for the first round of tomatoes. Here's how...
I have a garden full of broccoli looking like this and attracting bees like crazy, so I haven't cleared it out yet.
A closer look shows all the cool little seed pods shouting off each flower stem.
As they get large enough, you just pick them off and let them dry in the sun.
Or, if you have more patience than me. You can wait until the whole stem is covered in pods that are ready, and just pluck the entire stem and let it dry out. Either way :)
When they are dry, you will break the pods open and collect your seeds.
Broccoli sprouts are the most nutrient dense sprouts you can consume. One ounce of broccoli sprouts contains 4% of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber, 15% of the recommended amount of vitamin C, and 2% of the recommended intake of calcium. Studies have even shown they sprouts contain an anti-cancer compound called sulforaphane. Healthy and delicious...who wouldn't want to eat these everyday?!?!?
Keep an eye out for the next post on how to sprout them...I can't wait!!