Naini Setalvad elaborates on the little known benefits of consuming wheatgrass regularly
Grow your own wheatgrass1. Soak adequate quantity of unpolished wheat-grain overnight in water in any container (after cleaning and washing it thoroughly).
2. Keep a few pots (preferably 7 to 9 pots – one to be sown each day of the week) ready with ordinary soil. Do not add any chemicals or fertilisers. Cow-dung or goat-dung may be added as manure if needed.
3. Spread the soaked wheat on the surface of the soil so that the grains are touching one another.
4. Sprinkle a thin layer of soil on the wheat grains.
5. Cover the pot with a newspaper to provide darkness which helps the sprouting and also to prevent the birds from eating the wheat.
6. Keep the pot in a balcony or a windowsill or a covered verandah.
7. Next day, uncover the pot and spray on some water and again cover it with the newspaper.
8. Repeat step 7 everyday until you see green leaves sprouting through the soil. Stop covering the pot as soon as the green leaves appear.
9. Everyday water the pot lightly but adequately depending upon the season and also depending upon the pots used – whether they have holes or not. Beautiful green blades of grass keep growing in height everyday.
10. As soon as the grass is about eight inches tall ( which usually happens around the seventh to the ninth day from the date of sowing) harvest the grass by cutting with a clean pair of scissors about 1/2"above the surface of the soil.
11. The harvested wheat grass is now ready to be chewed or juiced or stored.
12. A second round of wheat grass will again grow in about 6 to 7 days with daily watering as before.
13. After the second harvest from the same pot, remove all the soil in the pot onto a newspaper. Break up all the roots and mix them with the soil. Add cowdung to this to rejuvenate the soil.
14. The soil is now ready for reuse for a fresh sowing of wheat.
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