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How to Sprout Wheat Berries

Most people who practice sprouting grains do so for the health benefits. Sprouting can turn a hard-to-digest wheat berry into a light, nutrient-dense whole grain.

Choosing Wheat for Sprouting

There are many varieties of wheat to choose from. Consider these points when choosing wheat for sprouting, or try our Organic Hard Red Wheat Sprouting Seeds:

  • Hard winter wheat is best for storage.
  • Both hard spring and hard winter wheat are considered good sprouters, though hard spring wheat sprouts the best.
  • Spring wheat has a shorter shelf-life than winter wheat.
  • Soft wheat does not store well and often sprouts poorly.

Instructions for Sprouting Wheat Berries:

  1. Rinse ½ cup wheat berries and remove any debris or stones. 
  2. Place wheat berries in a quart-size sprouting jar or other sprouting container
  3. Fill with water, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid. Soak at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Drain all water off the wheat berries. 
  5. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the wheat berries will drain and still allow air to circulate.
  6. After 8-12 hours of draining, rinse and drain again. 
  7. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 times daily. 
  8. Tiny sprouts should begin to form in 2-3 days. At this point, sprouting is complete. Drain well before use or storage. 
  9. To store, transfer to a covered container. Sprouts will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


Uses for Sprouted Wheat Berries

Wooden spoon of sprouted wheat berries on dark wood tabletop

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