What does it mean to Sprout?
How do I start sprouting? This guide will help you get started with the basics. When you germinate a seed, nut, bean or grain with water it begins to grow into a sprout. The germination starts a growing process, which aids in the digestibility of the bean/seed/grain and brings a flood of enzymes into each individual sprout. Sprouting transforms dried foods into a fresh living food full of vitamins, minerals, and proteins .
Sprouting is so easy once you know how and its a really cheap and easy way to get fresh organic produce at home.
Once ready they are a great addition to salads or used as a garnish on any meal – they add a lovely crunch to soup!
Why we love to Sprout?
- The vitamin and mineral content is increased
- They are easier to digest once sprouted
- Sprouts can be eaten raw or cooked
- They are full of live enzymes
- Sprouts are fun to grow!
What can you sprout?
You can sprout a full range of nuts, seeds and pulses but some are much easier. We recommend that you begin with mung beans – as a beginner they are a really rewarding place to start your journey into sprouting. Once you start experimenting there is no limit! Here are some ideas:
- Forest Whole Food’s Organic Sprouting Mix to get a full range of sprouts
- Organic Chick Peas
- Organic Almonds
- Organic Quinoa
- Organic Alfalfa Seed
How do I start sprouting?
Sprouting can be done on a plate but a sprouting jar can be easily made or bought. You will need:
- A Jar
- Filtered Water
- Muslin Cloth
- Elastic Band or ribbon
- Your chosen sprouting nut/bean/seed
Stage 1: Soak 6-12 hours (check a sprouting guide for specific times)
Stage 2: Rinse/drain and set at an angle