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Witloof chicory. After early fall frosts, when the soil has been thoroughly chilled, move witloof chicory roots into a warm, dark basement. Place the roots upright in soil or sand and keep moist. Harvest compact head of white leaf bases when 5 to 6 inches long.

  1. Mushrooms grow indoors but without light. See "Mushrooms" section on page 26.
  2. In recent years, more and more people are growing sprouts for salads and sandwiches. Mung bean seeds and alfalfa seeds are generally the most popular types for sprouts, but other seeds like radish and cabbage may be used. Make sure the seeds have not been treated with a fungicide. Seed packets are usually marked for use as sprouts.

To grow sprouts, place a teaspoon to a tablespoon of seeds in a pint jar, then cover the seeds with tepid water. Use a canning jar rim with either a piece of cheese cloth over the top or a piece of fine wire mesh. Put the jar in a warm, dark place or wrap the jar with aluminum foil.

Twelve to 24 hours later, drain off the water, rinse the seeds, drain the water again, and return the jar to a warm, dark place. Repeat this process 3 to 4 times per day until the seeds have sprouted—usually in 3 to 4 days. Place sprouts in a sunny window for several hours and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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