After we grew our own organic sprouts a few weeks ago, Madison had the idea to grow eggheads. I’m not sure where she saw this or how she came up with the idea, but its a great fun way to get your kids excited about eating something healthy and new, like sprouts, and it was a fun project for us to do together… and you know this healthy homeschool mama is always up for fun and messy projects to do with her kids.
Organic Egghead Sprouts
1 tsp organic sprouting seeds
all natural cotton
Cut the top off your egg. I’m sure there is a better, more efficient and more practical way to do this, but we just grabbed a serrated knife and literally sawed the top off of our eggs. And it worked really well. If you are doing this with kids, you might want to do it for them, and if you are kid reading this, have an adult help you cut the top off.
Once you have a decent hole in the top of your egg (about 1/5 of the way down the egg), dump the whole egg into a bowl. You can use it for breakfast. Now you have an empty but dirty egg.
Rinse the inside of the egg really well. I suggest using some dish soap – you’re going to be growing something edible, so make sure all the egg is gone.
Dry off your egg and draw a face on it. We just used regular markers. If you have an egg dish, that’s really handy, but if not you can cut off a portion of your egg carton to have something to hold you egg while the sprouts grow. Now you have a pot made out of an eggshell – time to plant your sprouts.
Fill your egg with a bit of all natural damp cotton. It will be mostly full – 3/4 of the way or more – with cotton. Put about a tsp of sprouting seeds on top and pour water over your seeds, then drain it. The seeds will be very close to the top of the shell. You want the seeds to be damp but not soaking wet.
Water your seeds for the next few days – sprouts grow in about 2-5 days. After 2 days our sprouts looked like this:
Remember to keep the seeds/sprouts damp everyday! After four days, our sprouts looked like this:
So after four days, they were long enough to EAT and enjoy on our salads. You can pull them out or you can trim the tops and they will keep growing – the “hair” can get very long. All three of my kids had a fun time pulling the sprouts out of the “head” and at least trying them – it’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s a memory they will always enjoy.