Our fascination with wheatgrass is ongoing and one common question I see is, ‘Can you eat wheatgrass raw?”
what is actually being asked is, can you eat the grass simply after harvesting it, without actually juicing it. So raw, being in its natural state.
The answer is yes, you can, however it is not really something you would want to do. After all, our tummies are not like cows are they? Humans were not designed with stomachs to digest grass.
Wheatgrass as a garnish
If you prefer not to juice your wheatgrass, there are many other uses for it. You can cut it up fine and using it as a garnish or tossing some in a salad to give it a super nutritional boost.
Consuming wheatgrass in a juice is probably the best solution.
Regular everyday juicers will not work. A masticating juicer is the preferred juicer to turn raw wheatgrass into wheatgrass juice.
A masticating juicer works differently to regular juicers. The term masticating refers to the process of breaking down the fibres in the plant by crushing it. Once the plant is crushed, the fibres are then squeezed to release the juice. This two step process is unique to a masticating juicer. This is the key to extracting the nutrients from wheatgrass.
There is no denying that a masticating juicer is pricey. If you are serious about growing and juicing wheatgrass this is your only option. Otherwise don’t.
A masticating juicer will mean more nutrients for you no matter what fruit or vegetable you juice so overall it will ultimately provide greater health benefits if you are going to detox your body, enjoy juices more regularly or give your body a daily power boost of wheatgrass juice.
The other benefit of a masticating juicer is that it often comes with other attachments so that it can be used as a multi-purpose piece of equipment in your home – usually they are pasta makers or mincers.
Personally I recommend the Omega J8006 masticating juicer. It is quiet to run, sturdy and easy to clean. It is a powerful machine which fully extracts the vitamins, enzymes and minerals from the wheatgrass.
You could also chew the grass and suck the juices but not actually swallow the grass itself. Just a thought!