With the New Year here, we have decided to give sprouting a try. Believe me it looks a lot more intimidating than it actually is and is a super food packed full of nutrients.
Instead of buying $7.00 packages of sprouts in the grocery store, you can sprout your own for significantly less. A package of seeds can range from $5.99- $7.99 depending on the variety and package size, but typically you sprout 2 tbsp. at a time.
We have chosen to experiment with:
- Mung Beans
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Little Radish
- Red Clover
- Broccoli Rapini
- Little Radish
There are also a variety of methods on sprouting as well. We are going to try 3 different methods.
- We have a beautiful ceramic spouter made by Frederique Bonmatin Poterie.
- We will use one of the most common methods, a mason jar covered with cheesecloth
- Lastly we will try sprouting in Abeego! We folded an Abeego flat into a simple origami square bowl. The neat thing is the square bowl can actually fold flat and has two spouts on it for draining… we will see if it works.
Sprouts create a beautiful mini garden that is fun to watch grow but also provides a variety of health benefits. Sprouting aids in digestion, phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors are neutralized and vitamin content greatly improves.
- Nutritional info:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K
- Calcium, Carbohydrates, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc
- Amino Acids
- Trace Elements
- Protein: Up to 35%
You do need to use caution when sprouting as well. Due to the warm and wet conditions needed to germinate to grow sprouts it is also ideal breeding ground for growing bacteria such as: salmonella, listeria and E. coli. To reduce your risk, it is really important to rinse the sprouts twice a day and drain them well.
We will keep you posted on our success, right now we are off to soak the seeds.