Grow Harvest

Wheatgrass – The Best Indoor Harvest

growing wheatgrass
Written by Cricket

When I lived in Seattle, I used to really feel the effects of the dreary weather in the middle of winter. It was then that I discovered growing wheatgrass inside. It was like having a little piece of Spring right on my table. At that time I didn’t use it for anything other than a decorative mood booster. Looking back, it probably would have been a true mood booster if I’d actually juiced it.

Now I live in sunny Arizona, where it’s never too cold to garden, and my moods are a lot more stable because the sun always shines, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy a little indoor farming. Wheatgrass grows so quickly and easily that I can have a constant supply. It is also a very inexpensive way to add a power-pack of nutrients to your day.

Wheatgrass Juice – Nutritional Powerhouse!

2016-nov-02-iphone-6-img_8936jpg_30340975493_o

One little shot (1 oz) of wheat grass juice provides the following vitamins and minerals according to NutritionData.self.com

Vitamin A  12000 IU
Lycopene  232 mcg
Lutein+Zeaxanthin  2328 mcg
Vitamin C  56 mg
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)  2560 mg
Vitamin K  280 mpg
Thiamin  88 mg
Riboflavin  2080 mg
Niacin  2016 mg
Vitamin B6  312 mg
Folic Acid  280 mcg
Vitamin B 12  0.4 mcg
Pantothenic Acid  288 mg
Choline  40 mg
Calcium  120 mg
Iron  64 mg
Magnesium  31.2 mg
Phosphorus  112 mg
Potassium  824 mg
Zinc  496 mg
Copper  13.6 mg
Manganese  1120 mg
Selenium  28 mpg

img_9704

According to Dr. Axe, wheatgrass offers these health benefits
  1. Supplying a high dose of chlorophyll
  2. Encouraging a highly oxygenated environment in your body
  3. Promoting a healthy metabolism
  4. Establishing an alkaline environment in the body
  5. Acting as an antibacterial by halting growth of unfriendly bacteria
  6. Rebuilding and strengthening blood
  7. Restoring fertility and balancing hormones
  8. Rebuilding damaged tissue
  9. Detoxifying the body of heavy metals
  10. Purifying liver
  11. Helping with blood sugar regulation
  12. Acting as an antiseptic to treat odors, strep infections, wounds, skin grafts, sinusitis, ear infections, varicose veins and scars
  13. Helping to prevent tooth decay
  14. Aiding in sore throat pain reduction
  15. Fighting skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  16. Improving digestion
  17. Reducing inflammation
  18. Improving eyesight, particularly night vision
  19. Helping with sleep
  20. Boosting the immune system
  21. Improving nerve signaling and mental well-being

 

It’s So Easy Too!

img_9821

First, go buy some wheat in the bulk section of the grocery store!

Next, you just pour a small amount in a cup and cover with water.

The next day (or two or three), wet a paper towel and place it in the bottom of a dish (whatever size you like).

Spread the soaked wheat over the surface of the wet paper towel and make sure to keep it damp.

Over the next few days you will see the wheat sprout and grow.

As the roots grow into the paper towel you can easily rinse them by running water into the dish and then pouring off the excess without the wheat berries falling out. You’ll see, it’s fun!

Once the wheatgrass reaches 4 or 5 inches, that’s when you take the scissors to it and cut it down to about an inch or two.

img_9696

This is one that I had in my window sill as decoration. Cute, huh?

Now, just pop it into the juicer and out comes the goodness. My juicer is a Hurricane Wheatgrass Juicer. I love it because I can use it for more than just wheatgrass. I juice swiss chard leaves and apples a lot. And, as my eleven-year-old son says, “we can use it if we have an EMP!” -He says that about a lot of things.

If you don’t have a juicer, you can also dehydrate the wheatgrass and turn it into a powder to add to drinks. This is a great thing to do with all your greens, by the way.

After a couple harvests, just throw it into your compost or give it to your chickens as a treat. Sometimes I like to grow it just for the chickens too.

Now you too can be an indoor wheat farmer! Add that to your list of skills this year.

About the author

Cricket

Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.

6 Comments

  • I bought some wheat berries a while back but I never sprouted them. I know how great wheat grass is juiced; you’ve inspired me to just do it!!! 🙂

    • Meghan, I just get them from the bulk section of Sprouts or Whole Foods. I did buy a 50 pound bag from Azure Standard once. Oh, and look on Craigslist. Sometimes people post there that they are bringing bulk wheat back from Oregon or Idaho and will sell it in advance. I discovered that when I was looking for a wheat grinder on Craigslist. Just type in “wheat.”

Leave a Comment