Wheat Grass: Benefits & How to Grow
As the name suggest, wheatgrass is the grass from wheat grains. It has been called ‘liquid sunshine’ or a green superfood because it is rich in chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. In North India, wheat grass or ‘khetri’ is often grown during the Navratras as a symbol of fertility.
Benefits of Wheat Grass:
1. Wheatgrass boosts the hemoglobin production, purifies the blood & lowers the blood pressure.
2. It also stimulates metabolism & the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It prevents the blood from becoming too acidic.
3. The enzymes & amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens. It strengthens cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and even chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
4. It stimulates the thyroid gland - correcting obesity, indigestion etc.
5. Helps in healing the wounds, fights infection and improves skin & hair.
6. It improves digestion.
The easiest way to consume wheatgrass is as juice. You can store cut wheatgrass in the fridge for 2-3 days, but it’s better to drink the juice fresh – preferably on an empty stomach. About 30 ml to 60 ml is fine for a single serving.
How to grow & harvest:
There’s no particular season to grow wheatgrass… you can start anytime!
1. Take about 2 handfuls of wheat grains – organic wheat would be ideal. Wash well, and then soak them overnight in about twice the quantity of water as the grain.
2. In the morning, sprinkle them close together in the soil in a shallow pot and cover with a thin layer of soil. You can use shallow pots without any holes, or if you are using plastic pots with holes; make sure to add a thin layer of crocs or pebbles below the soil. Keep the pot in the shade or indoors.
3. Sprinkle a little water daily. Beautiful green blades will grow visibly taller everyday. The grass will about 8” around the 7th day, and ready to harvest.
4. You can harvest the grass about 2” from the bottom; so you’ll have about 6” of the blades to use. Carry on watering the stumps daily, and after 6-7 days, you’ll be ready to harvest again.
5. After the second harvesting, you need to sow new seeds. Do use the old soil after crushing the remaining roots, as the soil will be nutrient rich.
In case you want to try wheatgrass juice on a daily basis, you’ll need 7 pots. (This may sound complicating or tedious, but once you start the process, it’s fairly straightforward – trust me; I did it!!) On the first day, sow wheat in the first pot, on day 2 sow the second pot, on day 3 the third pot and so on. So now, on the 7th day, you’ll finish sowing the wheat in the seventh pot and also be ready to harvest from the first one!
This whole procedure will ensure that you have a 14 day regular supply of wheat grass ☺
Ann Wigmore, The Wheat Grass Book