During those long winter months, when fresh food is scarce, pricy or low quality, you can use sprouts to add nutrition to your diet. Stop searching for how to grow sprouts for eating, because we have 3 easy steps or stages to deliver fresh, delicious sprouts right onto your plate. Most people think sprouting seeds for eating is a time consuming endeavor, but it’s really not. It will only take a few minutes of your day, and in return, you’ll sow the most nutritious alkaline food there is.
How To Grow Sprouts – Sprouting Seeds For Eating!
First, choose the seed, bean, grain or legume you want to sprout. You can sprout: adzuki bean, amaranth, almond, anise seed, annatto seed, arugula, barley, basil, pinto bean, navy bean, lima bean, buckwheat, canola seed, caragana, lentils, chickpeas, chia seed, chives, cilantro and many others. The most popular and easiest to sprout are lentils, beans and peas. Some need more time to sprout (a week or so), while some are ready for harvest after only 3 – 5 days. Keep track of the process, so you can sow the best produce.
Step One: Soak
What makes fresh sprouts so nutritious is the fact that we don’t use heat to break their shell where all the nutrients hide. In order to expel them out, we need to break the shell gently, or as Mother Nature does it: naturally. Start with a handful of seeds and a 32 oz jar or a container.
Soak your sprouts to-be in fresh and not too cold water. Lentils and some beans, only need a couple of hours to soften and let the water in, but other, more hardcore (hard shell) seeds may need to overnight in order to sprout.
Step Two: Drain and Water
If you want to know how to grow sprouts for eating, the secret is in the drainage. If you keep your sprouts in a puddle of water, they may soften beyond sprouting. So, once your seeds or beans spent sufficient time soaking water, drain them well and let them breathe. You can keep them in a large mason jar, covered with cheese cloth. Every morning, take the cloth off, rinse them well, to let the falling shells out, drain them and put the cloth back on.
Step Three: Temperature and Light
The light and temperature have to be right for your sprouts to develop. Most sprouts for eating will grow great in well lit places. If you have a whole bunch of them in the jar however, the top ones will sprout faster than the bottom ones. So find an old cloth and cover the jar. To make the most of the jar, keep it lying on the side. It will provide better drainage and let some light in. and for the temperature, some seeds do very well under cold temperatures, but for this experiment to turn out successful, it will be best to keep your jar under room temperature.
What makes raw sprouts so healthy?!
Seeds, legumes and beans are very healthy on their own. When they are fresh. When raw, they contain acids that lock the nutrients inside, and they can be released only by high heat or water. Which is why we toast some seeds and herbs before using them in a recipe. Once we turn on the heat and cook them, some may even lose up to 50% of their nutritious value. Sprouts don’t require any heat to be ready for serving. You can eat them as a snack, as part of a healthy sandwich or finely chopped and added to a soup or a stew. By sprouting, we let them become packed with nutrients and make them ready to eat.