“All life on this plant comes from the sun. There are very few plants that can capture the sun’s energy even closely to what grasses do. Wheatgrass has a full spectrum of 96 nutrients from the elemental table which has a total of 115. No other food comes close to this.” - Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute
Time to juice!
So your balcony table is looking like a lawn or your cat is eyeing your trays curiously….Now what? It’s time to harvest! Yay!
A wheatgrass lawn!
As we said before on the how to grow wheatgrass page, the best time to harvest it is around day 7 when the grass starts to form a second shoot. This is called the ‘jointing stage’. This is when the grass is at it sweetest and most nutritious.
Jointing stage - the best time to harvest
Cut the grass with a clean pair of scissors or a sharp knife.
Cut the wheatgrass with a sharp knife or some scissors.
You need a good handful to get a couple of shot glasses of juice. About 63g of grass (yes, I actually weighed it!) will give you about 70ml of juice. That is enough for 2 shot glasses. Wheatgrass is strong, so go easy on the quantity you make. As inviting and tempting as it is, you don't need a big glass of this juice!
Freshly cut wheatgrass
Cut a big handful
Once you have cut the wheatgrass, juice it. It loses its properties if you leave it hanging around. Fresh is always best!
I love the Lexen Manual Healthy Wheatgrass Juicer for juicing wheatgrass. Its easy to use, really inexpensive compared to other juicers and the fibrous part that is discarded is so dry that it doesn't even leave a mark on kitchen paper. That's telling me that I've extracted all the juice!
The Lexen Healthy Juicer
Pop in some wheatgrass
Turn the handle
The juice appears
The fibrous part of the grass is discarded. It's very dry!
All the juice collects in the jug
70ml yield from 63g of wheatgrass
Just take a look at how dry the 'pulp' is! It looks like wool!
The best part has been extracted and is ready to drink!
Magic in a glass!
A slow juicer works well too. In order to avoid it jamming my juicer, I cut the grass a couple of times. When I use my slow juicer for wheatgrass, I make a green juice immediately afterwards, that way any remaining grass left in the machine gets pushed through into my next juice. Waste not, want not!
Alternatively, you can use an electric wheatgrass juicer. You get a good yield and don't need to crank the handle manually. Prices range from around €120 to €700 and over. The Super Angel Premium Deluxe costs about €1,500…..(That's why I'm in love with my little Lexen.)
Once you have juiced the wheatgrass, drink it. Don’t store it in the fridge and whatever you do, don't go leaving it on the counter for later. The benefits of this amazing grass come when it is drunk fresh.
Always drink wheatgrass juice on an empty stomach and start off slowly. A shot glass amount is enough in the beginning. If you drink too much and in too short a time, it can make you feel nauseous and you can detox too quickly. Just because it’s a healthy drink, you don’t want to be glugging down big glassfuls of it!
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