The Raw Fooder’s Guide to Indoor Greens Part 1: What and Why
Posted Oct 19 2012 12:00am
Growing indoor greens is a fun and
nutritious way to bring the freshest green plants into your life. Here is a
quick introduction to growing your own wheatgrass, sunflower seeds, pea greens,
buckwheat greens and more.
“Indoor greens” is the term typically used to describe wheatgrass,
barley grass, spelt grass, kamut grass, sunflower greens, buckwheat “lettuce”
and pea greens – all of which can be grown in your own home. They can be grown
in trays or automatic sprouters, and can be grown in soil or hydroponically.
Along with sprouts, indoor greens are second to none when it comes to
adding fresh green foods to your daily diet, and what’s more, like sprouts,
they’re super-cheap and easy to grow. As foods go, they get an A+ grade in
every department, and as is clearly evident by their lusciously green
appearance, they are exceedingly high in chlorophyll, which most people eat far
too little of. From an aesthetic point of view they look stunning in your
kitchen, especially when set amongst a counter top full of colourful fresh
What do I
need to grow indoor greens?
You don’t need any fancy equipment to grow your own greens. If you
choose to there are automatic sprouters and wheatgrass kits on the market, but
to get started you only need some simple basic equipment. Start with a
container to sprout in, something to drain the water through such as a piece of
muslin or netting, a seedling tray or two from any good gardening or DIY store
(with or without holes) and some good quality soil or compost, ideally organic.
Good soil from your garden can be sufficient to start you off but it may not be
the best quality. If that’s the case, you could add some kelp powder or a good
mineral-rich food to feed the soil.
Greens are really easy to grow. I recommend starting with sunflower
greens and/or wheatgrass. If you prefer to start with just one type and would
like to eat rather than drink the result, then go for sunflower greens; if
you’d rather drink it start with wheatgrass, as the only way you can consume
this is by juicing it. Pea greens are the next easiest, followed by buckwheat
greens, or buckwheat lettuce as it is also known.
How can I use
Most indoor greens can be eaten as is, added to salads, rolled up into
wraps or juiced with other vegetables. The human body is not capable of
digesting grasses so wheatgrass (including spelt grass, kamut grass and barley
grass) should only be juiced and not eaten. It is traditionally drunk straight
on its own in small shots of 2-4 oz shots, but if you aren’t a fan of it as it
comes, you can mix it with other vegetable juice to make it more palatable.
Learning to grow your own indoor greens opens opportunities to grow your
very own truly live food that is bursting with flavour and nutrition. It’s
cheap, easy and fun to do, the most nutritious food you can eat and you don’t
need a garden to do it. What’s not to love?
Coming next week: The Raw
Fooder’s Guide to Indoor Greens Part 2: Varieties of Greens