Wheatgrass FAQs including information on nutrition and growing your own wheatgrass
How do I grow my own wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass can be grown both indoors and outdoors, with and without soil. One of the most popular methods of growing wheatgrass at home is to invest in a sprouter. See how to buy wheatgrass online
Does wheatgrass contain gluten?
No wheatgrass is a suitable food type for those with a gluten intolerance. Although wheat grain contains gluten, wheatgrass is not a grain, it is a green vegetable and as such contains no gluten.
How much wheatgrass juice can you drink a day?
It is recommended by Ann Wigmore that you start drinking about 1 oz of wheatgrass juice per day. After a few weeks you can increase the level of wheatgrass juice to 2 ounces. Over the next few months you can build up to 4 ounces of wheatgrass juice per day.
How do I avoid mould when growing wheatgrass?
Mould is the most common problem when growing wheatgrass (In fact it is often the only problem). It can be identified as white blobs forming (normally around the base of the wheatgrass stalks) when it is alive and black spots when it is dead. The following are all suggestions for preventing mould formation on your home grown wheatgrass. Do not soak your wheatgrass seeds for longer than 8 hours. After soaking, plant the seeds as soon as you have drained them. Try and keep your growing micro-climate from becoming to hot or too humid, a temperature around 65-68° F is recommended.
Is mould formation on wheatgrass of any significance?
Mould formation on wheatgrass can be of great significance. Some people are allergic to mould and it is also bad news for people who suffer from asthma. It has been reported that intake of mould can result in instant body reactions such as headaches, nausea and even body hives. It is therefore important to at least cut well above any mould that has formed when harvesting your wheatgrass. I would also recommend emptying and sterilising your trays after harvesting to discourage any related mould growth.
Can I repeatedly trim and grow the same tray of wheatgrass?
Although is is possible to regrow your wheatgrass after it's first cutting and then re-harvest the same batch it is not a recommended practice as the second harvest will not contain nearly as many nutrients as the first. This is because a great deal of wheatgrass's nutritional value comes from the seed as the seed sprouts. This nutritional content is contained within the first harvest. As well as the loss of nutritional content, re-growing the wheatgrass increases the chance / growth of mould.
I can't seem to get any juice out of wheatgrass. Why is this?
Not all juicers are capable of juicing wheatgrass. You will need a wheatgrass juicer.
The most common type of juicers (centrifugal juicers) are not capable of juicing wheatgrass.
I don't have the time / right conditions to grow wheatgrass at home but I want to have the nutritional and health benefits of wheatgrass. What alternatives are there to growing wheatgrass at home?
You can order trays of freshly grown wheatgrass from our online shop that we deliver to your door (UK mainland only). This saves you time, space and effort.
You can buy wheatgrass crystals that are made from wheatgrass juice. See the Health Supplements section of our online shop.
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