Day 1: Soak overnight in filtered water.
Day 2 and Day 3: For the next 2 days, rinse the wheatberries every 12 hours or so, and keep covered with a moist cloth.
Day 3-4: When you see tiny tails shooting out of the berries, move these to trays containing potting mix. I recycled some food containers that would otherwise be thrown away.
|Day 5: These look like little, pale spring onions.|
Day 5-12: Place the tray where it will receive some indirect light, for example your kitchen window or front porch, or balcony. Make sure there are no animals that might disturb the tray, or even worse, burrow in it! :-)
|Day 7. Looks promising :-)|
Day 12: When you see the beginnings of a second shoot on your wheatgrass sprout, you are ready to harvest!
|Day 12: ready to harvest!|
I harvest a couple of inches above the roots for safety reasons. Don't want to get any dirt or nasties into my wheatgrass.
|I harvested 1 and a half containers today. The slightly longer grass was from when I harvested yesteday.|
Then I juice them using the manual juicer below:
|Yield: 1 1/2 tablespoons, according to my measuring cup here.|
Taste: Slightly leafy but overwhelmingly sweet. I drank it neat, no addition of sugar, lemon or water.
Verdict: A bit tedious having to rinse and water but after a while it gets easier. Now I might try having several staggered batches going on at the same time. I might start a new batch every time I get to the point where I move the wheatberries onto potting mix. So fresh wheatgrass everyday.
Warning: If you are new to green juices, it is a good idea to start slow, because excess green juice can cause diarrhea. I started at 1/2 tablespoon, and am slowly working my way up to 2 tablespoons or more. Also drink on an empty stomach so the juice can be digested quickly. I once drank wheatgrass juice after lunch and I had a LOT of flatulence.
Main reference: Wheatgrass Greenhouse