The Raw Foods Evolution

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

92 Mineral Wheatgrass Juice

An important aspect of the is fresh juice. One of the best juices available is Wheatgrass juice. I drink it daily and have experienced great improvements to my

Wheatgrass is the only food that can hold 92 minerals. To grow it this way, you need to water it with a solution of fresh water mixed with ocean water. It is mixed at about 1 part ocean water to 10 parts fresh water.

I live close to the ocean and I use the water on my garden and sprouts. I discuss this in my raw foods newsletter, and I've found they grow stronger, healthier, and they taste better when grown with ocean water.

If you don't live close to the ocean, you can use the OceanGrown solution to grow your own 92-mineral wheatgrass.

Click here for an audio interview with the OceanGrown founder, Don Jansen.

The Healthy Juicer website has a great wheatgrass article. Here is an excerpt=>

How to Grow Wheatgrass

Choose a container
Sprouting your own wheatgrass is extremely easy. Any type of container is suitable for sprouting wheatgrass. Pots that have drainage holes are the easiest to use for beginner sprouters but once you get a handle on how much water wheat sprouts require, you can sprout them in any container that is at least 3-4" deep. I've found dollar stores to be a fantastic source of decorative containers that won't break my pocketbook.

Select a growing medium

Once you've decided on a container, fill it to about 1" below the top of the rim with pre-moistened soil, compost or potting mix. Make that sure whatever growing medium you use, it doesn't contain any artificial fertilizers or chemicals.

Plant the seed
Wheat seed is the last ingredient. Wheat seeds are sometimes sold as wheat berries, "kernels" or as "Hard Red Wheat".
Most health food stores sell these wheat berries or kernels which works fine for sprouting wheatgrass and can be purchased for about $1 for a lb. of seed.

Sprinkle the top of your container with wheat seed. Leave a little bit of space between the seeds, so that they're not touching and competing for food. Press the seed into the soil and then cover lightly with more potting mix or soil and water lightly.

In about 3-4 days, you will begin to see sprouts emerge. It's now time to move the container to a sunny location (but not full sun). Sunshine not only allows the young sprouts to manufacture more chlorophyll, but it helps to keep them stocky and short. Wheatgrass grown in the dark or in poorly lit areas tends to be quite pale and lanky and in no time at all, the sprouts begin to fall over.

By about day 7-10, the sprouts are the perfect height to begin harvesting for juice. Wheatgrass grown using this method can be cut more than once for an extended harvest so start a few containers on different days so that you have a continuous supply of the nutritious leaves.

Why juice yourself?

Many juice bars today offer wheatgrass juice for sale but it can be on the expensive side. Juice bars typically charge between $1.50 and $3.00 per 1 ounce. (Shot) of wheatgrass. Powdered or dried wheatgrass is also very expensive, taste terrible and does not have near the health benefits of fresh Wheatgrass juicer.

You can grow a tray of wheatgrass for as little as .30¢ which will yield anywhere from 10-12 ounces. That's less than .3¢ a shot!