A favourite with chefs, sunflower shoots are fantastic in salads adding a crunchy, nutty taste.
These black sunflower seed variety (and not the striped type) are preferred for growing microgreens. These shoots are delicious eaten as a snack on their own and can transform even the most ordinary of salads, sandwiches or wraps into a presentation that is impressive and nourishing. Simply put, sunflower greens are one of the best foods you can add to your diet for overall health and well being.
DETAILS: Healthy fats are the reason sunflower microgreens are so energy-dense. A 1/4 cup serving of sunflower microgreens has 2 grams of saturated fat and 14 grams of unsaturated fat. They can also help you meet your daily Iron and Calcium needs.
They are also a good source of protein. Considered to be the most balanced of all of the sources of essential amino acids. Protein is well known for its ability to repair muscle tissue and aid in enzymatic functions in the body.
They boost your fertility as they contain high amounts of zinc. Zinc is a well-researched mineral that is essential for the development of sperm. Sunflower greens are a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins A, B complex, D, and E; they also contain minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
Please also watch our video on how to grow sunflower microgreens here.
Soilless: Soak the seeds for a minimum of 2 hours.
SOWING METHOD: Pat soaked seeds dry with a paper towel. Fill potting mix (coco peat + perlite) in a container. Spray potting mix with water so the mix is moist right through. Spread seeds evenly on the potting mix surface. Spray water on the seeds to prevent seeds from dislodging. Cover the seeds from light for 3-4 days or when seeds start to germinate. Expose the plant to light after germination occurs and water regularly, keeping the mix moist. Harvest when the shoots are about 2-3 inches in height. Keep exposure to direct sunlight to 2 hours at the most.
GERMINATION PERIOD: 3-4 days after sowing
HARVEST TIME & METHOD: 4-5 days after germination. Harvest once the seed leaf are out. To harvest, simply use a pair of scissors and snip just above the potting medium.
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