I’ve seen wheatgrass shots at the smoothie bar at my gym and on television (I confess on the Kardashians, but I seriously only watched them a few times before the wedding special and I totally swore them off after the 72 day marriage). Heard about the amazing superpowers of this little plant. I thought about adding a shot to my protein shake at the gym, but it was wicked expensive.
Wheat grass… hmmm… we can grow that, yes? Then I guess I can grow my own superpowers.
After a little bit of research I discovered that you only need organic wheat berries to get started. I found some in the Nature’s Marketplace section of Wegmans (world’s greatest grocery store).
Because of the hard nature of the wheat berry (the seed), I soaked them in water for over a day until they started sprouting. Then we put some potting soil in one of those clamshell containers that you get field mix in and sprinkled the wheat berries in.
Get a spritzer bottle to do the watering. Water out of the faucet will displace the seeds.
Close the top, put in a sunny window, and spritz with water every day. In about 2 weeks, you’ll have something that looks like this:
It may grow faster in the heat of the summer. Be on the lookout for mold at the base of the plants; overcrowded seedlings can have this problem.
If it looks good, take some scissors and harvest your wheatgrass!
I read about using a wheatgrass juicer, but because that costs dinero and I have a teeny kitchen… another appliance could send me over the edge on a bad day… I opted to throw the grass in the blender while I was making a green smoothie.
There’s spinach in there, too.
And that’s where I get my superpowers.
Actually, I only had it twice, but it was a fun project to do with my four year old daughter. She enjoyed the whole planting, watering, harvesting process. Using a clear container was great too because she could see the roots starting to grow under the soil.