Broccoli seeds can be grown as a sprout (in a sprouting bag, container or jar) or as a microgreen (on soil or a hemp mat or microgreens tray). Sprouts take less time, so they are a great option if you want to munch on your little plants as soon as possible. Microgreens take a bit longer, but they look more delicate and are picture-perfect as a garnish. Note, broccoli sprouts have a distinct broccoli smell and taste.
To sprout, soak the seeds for 4-8 hours in cold water in a sprouting bag, container or jar. After soaking, rinse and drain the seeds. Continue rinsing and draining 2-3 times per day. Broccoli sprouts grow in temperatures between 16-25°C (they can be stored in the fridge on hot days). They will be ready in 3-6 days. Once grown, dry and store in the fridge in a breathable container. Munch soon after sprouting.
To grow as a microgreen, sprinkle seeds on moist soil or a hemp mat. Cover to keep light out and water in. Keep moist. Once the leaves have started to show, uncover and place in a well-lit spot. Harvest on days 5-14.
The seeds can also be grown as sprouts, by soaking for 4-8 hours, then rinsing and draining 2-3 times per day for 3-6 days. Store sprouts in the fridge on hot days. Dry and keep in a sealed container in the fridge after sprouting.
Broccoli sprouts are at home in in salads and sandwiches. The microgreens are a perfect garnish for any savoury dish.
Broccoli sprouts or microgreens can be used for this versatile bowl.
This delish tofu scramble with broccoli works perfectly with a garnish of brocc microgreens.
You can pop broccoli sprouts into the kofta mix, or pop microgreens on top for a pop of green.