Saturday, January 30, 2010
I know it's the dead of winter and if you're like me, you are itching to see some signs of life! Honestly, it's all I can do to wait patiently for Spring. I miss my greens! I miss my flowers! I miss seeing the kids out in the garden grazing on peas and strawberries and green beans. I would trade my kingdom to pop a juicy cherry tomato - warmed by the sun into my waiting mouth! (Don't even get me started on the price I paid for cucumbers yesterday!)
Well, today I want to share a way to get a little growing action in your kitchen - Sprouts!
Sprouting seeds are treasure troves of nutrition and have been grown by civilizations around the world for more than 5,000 years. Sprouts are considered to be one of the world’s “Super foods” because of their remarkable nutritional content. All natural edible sprouts from organic sprouting seeds offer both flavor and nutrients for culinary dishes throughout the world and have become a staple for many worldwide diets. They are easy to grow, economical, and one pound of sprouting seed can usually generate about five pounds of sprouts!
Sprouting your own seeds can be done all year long - in the winter, summer, spring or fall with just a nice spot in front of your favorite window.
One great benefit of sprouting seeds is that anyone can do it! You may grow your sprouts from start to finish on the kitchen counter with just the light they get from around the room or a little indirect sunlight. Contrary to popular belief, when growing sprouts, room light is nothing to worry about. Sprouts can't begin photosynthesis until they have leaves.
Watch this excellent short video from Mt. Rose Herbs to see how easy sprouting is:
Not only is sprouting your own seeds a lot of fun but there many advantages of sprouting ones own seeds. Increases in protein quality, fiber content, essential fatty acids, and vitamin content are just a few of the amazing nutritional changes that occur upon germination.
Seed Sources Matter!
I get my sprouting seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs because they are guaranteed certified organic and Kosher certified.
Sprouting times for different varieties of seeds will vary. Below is a list of some of the most common sprouting seeds and typical amount of time to yummy sprouts. Of course, tasting along the way will help you determine when your sprouts taste best.
Red Clover: 3-5 days
Broccoli: 3-6 days
Alfalfa: 5-6 days
Red Lentil: 4-6 days
Radish: 3-5 days
Buckwheat: 3-5 days
Organic Bulk Sprouting Seeds