6 Steps to Sprouting
Seeds using a
Sprouter Jar or a Sprouting Base
and sprouts is not just an easy process, but the end
result is a healthy food packed with vitamins and goodness, and should
be eaten raw.
There are a number of grains and seeds that you can use for sprouting,
but not all seeds can be sprouted, so this should be done with care.
Any bean seeds can be sprouted; fava, soy, lima, pinto, garbanzos, etc.
as well as peas, lentils, fenugreek, and alfalfa seeds.
So with some seeds and a sprouter
jar or or sprouting base you can convert seeds into a
highly nutritious meal. You can grow them anywhere, even on an
apartment window sill as long as you have a jar, your seeds and some
water. You can sprout
just about any seeds and grains including mung, sunflower
seeds, as well as grains such as rice and wheat,
If you are using tap water, make sure that it has been pre-boiled and
cooled first before you use it, and always use cool water, never warm
SPROUTING SEEDS with a Homemade Sprouter Jar
Wash your seeds well, and place them in a homemade glass sprouter jar.
Cover the seeds in the jar with water.
Then taking a small piece of gauze place it on the top of the sprouter
secure with a rubber band.
Pour off the excess water leaving the seeds damp.
Rinse the seeds daily in fresh water to prevent them from spoiling.
Always pour off the excess water.
Remove from sprouter jar after the seeds have sprouted. Depending on
the type of
seeds used this could take anything between 2-8 days.
SPROUTING SEEDS: Using a Sprouting Base
Some sprouting seeds,
seeds should be sprouted on a plate on a base of cotton wool. The seeds
are placed on wet cotton wool and will grow larger then jar sprouted
seeds as they will grow upwards on the dish.
Soak your seeds overnight in some water.
The next day drain the water off and place them in a single layer on
some wet cotton wool.
Cover the seeds with an upturned bowl until they start to sprout.
Rinse seeds daily with gentle running water, making sure that the
pressure of the water is not too great that you end up flushing the
seeds away. This should be done 2 - 4 times a day, every day until your
sprouts are ready.
Pour off the excess water leaving the seeds damp.
Harvest your seeds by cutting the stalks from the base.
Seeds suitable for this method of
sprouting are mustard and cress, mung beans, lentils and wheat.
Harvesting, Storing and Eating Sprouts
A window sill over your
kitchen sink is
an ideal place to put your germinating sprouts, as long as they are out
of direct sunlight.
Once they are ready for
harvesting, put them in a plastic bag in the fridge and they will keep
fresh like that for at least a week.
course, the sprouts have great nutritional value if you eat them raw.
However, you can also cook your sprouts. Other than soybean sprouts
which will need cooking a little longer, most sprouts should never be
cooked longer than 5 minutes.
Sprouts are great to add to
soups, casseroles, scrambled eggs or omlettes, quiches etc. but add
these where you can just 3 minutes to the end of the cooking process to
still maintain as many vitamins as possible.
But best of all,
sprouts should be eaten raw. They are great added to salads and used on
sandwiches and rolls and ideal for kids who don't like vegetables.
Which Seeds are Suitable for
Sprouting and How Long will they take to Sprout?
|Seeds Suitable for Sprouting
|Sunflower Seeds (Hulled)
|Grains Suitable for Sprouting
These are just some seeds that can be sprouted, and there are
certainly many more. Cabbage, lettuce, pumpkin, peanut, popcorn,
radish, turnip and spinach seeds can all be sprouted.
However, there are some seed sprouts that you cannot eat.
should never be sprouted, and you should never sprout seeds that are
from packets intented to be used in vegetable gardens and these have
been treated with poisons. Rather purchase your seeds from food stores.
SPROUTING SEEDS: Some Types of Sprouts for Sprouting
These are tiny sprouts that are sweet
and delicious. They are very delicious, don't take too long to sprout
and are also nutritious. They contain vitamins C, D, E and K plus iron
and phosphorous. Your alfalfa sprouts are ready after they are about 2
These are high-protein beans that are
sometimes used as a substitute for mung beans. They contain vitamins
B1, B2, and niacin, potassium, iron and calcium. Adzuki sprouts can be
harvested at 1 inch high.
Cress is a peppery sprout that is quick
growing and better grown off a base. It contains Vitamins A, B6, C, E
and K. It is also a good source of thiamin and niacin, calcium, iron,
magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Cress sprouts
can be harvested after they have reached 1 inch.
A delicious tasting sprout. Eat it
while it is still young as the older sprouts tend to taste slightly
bitter. Contains vitamins A and C, and lots of iron. Fenugreek sprouts
can be harvested between 1 - 2 inches.
One of the more popular sprouts, and certainly one of my favorites. It
has a crunchy texture and is good eaten with a salad. It contains
vitamins A, C, and E, plus chlorine, and lots of protein.
Mung bean sprouts can be harvested between 1-3 inches high.
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