DEAR SPROUTMAN: I picked up an automatic sprouter (sans soil) and am using that with various seeds I obtained from you. I plan on using the sprouts mostly for juicing. This may be a silly question, but should I use the roots of the sprouts also? Thank you – Chuck

DEAR CHUCK: It depends  on which sprouts we’re discussing. Generally speaking, the tall sprouts with long, thick roots are cut off and not eaten or juiced. The smaller sprouts with tender, simple roots can be eaten or juiced.

These are the sprouts I eat or juice whole: alfalfa, clover, radish, broccoli and sunflower.

These are the ones that I cut off the roots and DO NOT juice or eat: wheatgrass pea shoots, buckwheat and sometimes sunflower.

Sunflower can go either way depending on how massive the roots are. For a variety of my juicing recipes check out Power Juices Super Drinks!