Once the first pair of leaves (the cotyledon or seed leaves) have opened, the sprouts are ready. Many sprout growers like to expose sprouts at this stage to bright, indirect sunlight, which causes chlorophyll to develop. The leaves will turn a much darker green colour, which may enhance the nutrition of the sprouts.
When the sprouts reach this stage they are ready for eating. Wash them energetically under cold water to loosen and discard any seed husks. They can then be used fresh or kept in the refrigerator for three or four days. Our Care Bags will keep sprouts fresher for longer by allowing them to breathe in the refrigerator.