Alfalfa Sprouts

Want a quick harvest? They don't come much speedier than this! Brandon Pillon takes us through how to create your own organic alfalfa sprouts in just four days!

Sprout Selection

I started with sprouts from an employee owned company in the USA, Johnny’s Selected Seeds. I placed an order for 1 pound of certified organic Alfalfa seeds for a very good price. Compared to buying some random sprouts from the store that robs you of the experience of learning how to grow and feed yourself, healthy organic food after a hard day at work or play.

1. Alfalfa seeds for sprouting

Glass Jar and Water Selection

I happened to come a crossed glass wide mouth jars that can be placed on a 45 degree angle in a local dollar store, along with some cheese cloth. I washed the jars out good with anti-bacterial soap and hot water, letting the jars soak. While waiting for the jars to sanitize, I cut squares out of cheese cloth, then rinse under water and squeeze dry. Dump out jars and rinse out. I choose to use spring water for my sprouts, you can use tap water, but for myself I like to use spring water.

2. Pouring alfalfa seeds into jar

The Soak and Rinse

I let a 1/8th of a cup of Alfalfa seeds soak for 6 hours in the wide mouth jar 1/2 way filled with spring water, with the mouth pointed up covered with cheese cloth. After 6 hours of soaking I drain the jar, and double rinse the Alfalfa seeds with spring water. I then place the mouth of the jar in the 45 degree angle position on a shelf, shaded from the light somewhat.

3. Alfalfa seeds soaking in jar with water and breatheable lid

Countdown 4 Days until Sprouts

I rinse my Alfalfa sprouts 3 times a day, filling the jar half full with spring water and draining it out by tipping on end to drain in the sink for a few moments. I repeat this for 4 days, but for the last ½ of the 4th day or when the sprouts are 1 ½ to 2 inches long I place the jar of Alfalfa sprouts next to a strong light source, to green up the Alfalfa. I keep my room temperature between 70 to 80F degrees, but the temperature can be as low a 60F with slower growth as an end result.

4. Alfala sprouts sprouted and sprouting!

Sprouting a Good Harvest

After 4 days of the easiest gardening to get healthy food to the plate, it was time to taste my Alfalfa so I pulled out a handful and ate it, great nutty favour. I made a sprout salad with Alfalfa on a bed of Mung beans, yum. A 1/8th of a cup of Alfalfa seed nets a yield of about 3 cups. I have to say growing sprouts has been most rewarding; start some sprout seeds 3 to 4 days later you are eating organic nutrient packed food grown under your care. With hope, planting seeds and sprouting healthy food freedom.

5. A full jar of alfalfa sprouts almost ready to eat!

6. Sprout fest on a plate - delicious!