Sunflower | Organic Microgreen & Sprouting Seed

€4.99

Sunflower | Organic Microgreen & Sprouting Seed

€4.99
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Description

Sunflower is a quick and vigorous grower. This crop produced a large harvest in a short amount of time making it perfect as a main crop for indoor growing. Sunflower has a delicious nutty flavour with the most satisfying crunch. 

Sunflower can be prone to mould so it is advised to sanitise the seeds with an antifungal like hydrogen peroxide. Soak the seeds for 30 mins in h2o2 before soaking in normal water for the remaining soak time. Alternatively cover with a layer of soil to discourage mould forming on the seed hulls. 

Brush your hand over the crop as it develops to help loosen the seed hulls and allow the seedlings to shed them naturally themselves. You can then pick off any stubborn hulls.

Sunflower is better suited microgreen production rather than sprouts as the seed hulls are difficult to remove but it is possible. 

Latin name: Heliantus annuus
Health Benefits:  Sunflower microgreens contain all the essential amino acids as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and phosphorous. Also rich in zinc to help boost the immune system and gut health.

 

Microgreen Instructions:
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Soak: 6 -12 hours
  • Germination time: 2 - 3 days
  • Harvest from: 7 - 12 days
  • Flavour/texture: Crisp, fresh very nutty flavour. Very satisfying crunch 

Instructions: 

1. Soak your seeds for the above mentioned time.
2. Sow your seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. This helps them shed their seeds hulls.
3. Place a tray directly on the seeds and weigh down to ensure good contact with the growing medium and to help the roots dig deep.
4. Keep weighed until the seedlings have germinated and are beginning to push against the weight.
5. Place in blackout when the seedlings are about 2cm tall - use blackout to stretch your seedlings to your desired length.
6. Place in a sunny location or under grow lights to green up your microgreens.
7. Harvest wither when the seed leaves have developed fully or wait for the true leaf to form for a more powerful flavour and beautiful end product. 

Sprouting Instructions:
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Soak: 6 -12 hours
  • Germination time: 2 - 3 days
  • Harvest from: 4 - 6 days
  • Flavour/texture: Crisp, fresh very nutty flavour. Very satisfying crunch 

Instructions:

1. Soak for  6 - 12 hours in your sanitised sprouting jar.
2. Drain your soaked sprouts and rinse well. Carefully shake any excess water out of the jar. You want a fine coating of water on the seeds but no puddles.
3. Disperse the seeds as best you can around the wall of the jar. As your sprouts grow this will become more difficult but just do your best to spread them out and avoid blocking the mouth of the jar, Invert the jar and place on its stand so any excess water can freely drain out. Ensure air can get into the jar.
4. Rinse and drain at least twice a day, every day. Shake excess water out of the jar. Your sprouts should be almost dry before each rinsing.
5. Your sprouts are ready as soon as all the seeds have sprouted and have had an additional day or two to grow. 
6. Leave for an additional few days and the sprouts will grow bigger
7. Once you are ready to harvest, give the sprouts a final rinse and drain.
8. Place the sprouts on a clean kitchen towel and let air dry. Alternatively give them a whirl in a salad spinner. Pick off any remaining seed hulls as these are not edible.
9. Refrigerate and ideally use within 3 days