Have you ever heard an adult say that you have "sprouted"?
It is our way of noting that all of a sudden you have grown
quickly. You can grow seed sprouts yourself to see how quickly they
- a large glass jar
- a 13 cm (5 inch) square piece of cheesecloth, vinyl
coated window screening, or fine net bag that vegetables come
packaged in from the grocery store
- a thick elastic band
- 30 mL (2 tablespoons) of dried beans or seeds (you can
find these seeds at a natural food store)
- Place the seeds to be sprouted in the jar; add enough
warm water to cover.
- Put the piece of cheesecloth or netting across the top of
the jar and secure in place with the elastic band . Let soak
- The next day, drain off the soaking water and rinse the
seeds with fresh cold water. This time drain completely so that
there is no water left in the jar.
- Place the jar on its side in a bright spot like a
- Rinse and drain the sprouts twice a day, in the morning
and evening, until they are fully sprouted. This should
take 4-5 days depending on the size of the seeds you are
- When the sprouts look ready, give them a final rinse,
drain and then put them in a container with a lid or in a bag in
- Don't forget to eat them in a sandwich, salad, or
just by the handful!