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.