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Sprouting Tips & Hints

What are the benefits of growing your own sprouts?

No Soil...No green-thumb...1 minute per day

 4 x protein of lettuce; 2 x protein of spinach; 39 x more beta-carotene

 100% organic salad 52 weeks of the year - and for a very low cost

 No pesticides or sprays

 Mild flavours like alfalfa or try spicy radish

 Sprouting is fun to do

 Fresh living salad, no fat, low in calories and high in energy

 Sprouts have many therapeutic benefits

Sprouts can be done at home, all year round

1-minute of watering per day and they require only normal room light and temperature

Sprouts are great for digestion

Sprouting is cheap

A great gift idea! It's easy. It's fun. It's educational...and it's healthy!

 

Sprouting is the practice of soaking, draining and rinsing seeds until they germinate, or sprout. Commonly sprouted seeds are alfalfa, sunflower, mung beans, chick peas and lentils. Incorporating sprouts in your diet is an excellent way to add more nutrition into your diet, as sprouting seeds are packed full with proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients necessary to support the beginning stages of life. Because sprouts are still growing and alive when consumed, they are considered a living food.


Sprouts are most certainly what we would also consider a Superfood! The nutritive value of a seed is vastly increased during the germination process, far surpassing the nutritive value of the mature food itself or that food when cooked. In addition, sprouts are essentially predigested- meaning that in this germination process and time of explosive growth and enzymatic activity, the proteins are broken down into amino acids, fats to fatty acids and carbohydrates to simple sugars – making the work your body needs to do for digestion minimal.


Sprouts are (the list of benefits goes on and on!) the ultimate environmentally and economically conscious food as well. You almost cannot get a lower impact food, environmentally speaking, if you are sourcing local seeds and growing your own! It simply doesn’t get fresher than this! From a cost perspective, including a generous amount of sprouts daily is an affordable way to add extraordinarily nutritious food to your plate. Seeds are inexpensive when compared with other commonly used raw ingredients/foods.


Finally, sprouts are very easy to grow! While there are different kinds and methods, once you try a few or see someone else doing it, it becomes very simple to learn and requires less than 10 minutes a day. While written instructional information on sprouting is great, don’t let all the words overcomplicate things! Watching a video or live demonstration seems to be a much easier method for most people. Teaching kids to sprout and involving them in the process is an valuable and rewarding lifetime lesson.


Sprouting is not an exact science and with so many variables can affect the soaking and sprouting time. With this in mind, I don’t like to provide guidelines that make it seem so precise. Think about it- when a seed falls to the ground and becomes moistened, it doesn’t have only one magical moment of time to remove itself from the wetness and start sprouting! There is a broad range of levels of wetness and moisture that will allow it to grow. The same goes for temperature- warmer temperatures make soaking and sprouting times decrease, but also can increase spoilage potential without proper circulation. Colder temperatures increase soaking and sprouting times and decrease the potential for mold and spoilage. Sproutman's Sprouting Chart is a great reference to have available as is his book "Sprouts The Miracle Food".


Sprout has a great range of sprouting gear and seeds available. It's easy to get started. I am also trying my best to add to the articles on Sprout's site to help you with info. Stay tuned!