How to Sprout Wheat Berries

Total Time
48hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 48 hrs

Wheat berries, also called soft wheat, are found in the health food stores and in some grocery stores. This is a good basic recipe for srpouting. When sprouted, they have a wonderful sweet taste. The sprouts should get 1/3"- 3/4" long. These are great in salads, bread, as a snack, and in stir fry. Enjoy! When I cant' find cheesecloth, I cut up a washcloth into 4 squares. One square works great! Cook time is sprouting time. Adapted from the cookbook Fresh!


  1. Plaace 1/4 cup wheat berries in a quart canning jar(or similar regular jar) and fill with lukewarm water.
  2. Place a double thickness of cheesecloth over the mouth and secure with jar ring or rubber band.
  3. Drain water through the cheesecloth, fill again, and let soak for 2 hours.
  4. Drain, rinse again and drain.
  5. Place jar on it's side in a dark place.
  6. Rinse and drain twice a day for 2-4 days, or until 2 cups of sprouts are formed. Place the sprouts in a colander, rinse with cold water, drain and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

This is one of the most fun recipes I have made in ages. It made a HUGE amount of sprouts that went great on a sammich and in a salad. The best part is it opened loads of options for sprouting all kinds of seeds, can't wait to try it some more. I used a piece of nylon screen that I cut to fit the jar lid and I can wash and reuse as needed. It was cool to watch them grow before my eyes!

Dawnab February 20, 2010

I gave away a sprouter Ithat sat in a cupboard for years so I used your old fashion method and worked like a charm. I did forget to rinse twice a day but it still worked and I was surprised how sweet they were. We used them in the sprouted bread recipe on this site.

karen in tbay March 23, 2011

Thank goodness this was uncomplicated, since it was my first time sprouting! I looked for sprouted wheat berries at my natural foods store in order to make Sprouted Wheat Berry Bread, but could only find Sharon's how-to recipe here. Thanks for making this available, Sharon123!

mersaydees January 02, 2009