What Seeds Can I Sprout?
Sprouts are delicious, rich in nutrients and easy to grow. A wide variety of seeds and beans can be sprouted. Some common ones are:
Mung beans ready to sprout
Seed Sprouting Instructions:
- Place 2-3 tbsp of seeds of your choice in a large jar.
- Half fill the jar with water and soak for 10 minutes for smaller seeds (e.g. alfalfa), 4 hours for medium sized seeds (e.g. mung beans) and up to one day for larger seeds (e.g. chick peas) covering the jar with a sprouting lid or piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band.
- Drain water and leave in a cool airy place out of direct sunlight.
- Rinse seeds twice daily.
- Once sprouted transfer to a dry container and store in the fridge.
Mung and adzuki beans sprouted in a jar
Your deliciously fresh sprouts will be ready to eat within 4-7 days depending on whether you want to eat them as soon as the sprouts emerge or continue sprouting them for a few more days when they will be longer.
Sprouts will keep for 7-10 days in the fridge.
Very small seeds, such as basil, cress and rocket are best grown on a bed of moist paper towels in a flat dish.
Sprinkle with water regularly until sprouts are standing up (after 5-6 days) and then cut off with scissors.
What Grasses Can I Sprout?
Barley, wheat and rye are sprouted differently and are called grass, not sprouts.
Grass Sprouting Instructions
- Line a tray or box with 2.5cm of good quality seed raising mix.
- Spread the whole grain on the soil and cover with 1cm additional soil.
- Keep in a well-aired and light place and moisten the soil daily just enough for the grass to grow.
- When the grass reaches about 15cm high it can be cut off and juiced. Once cut, you can re-grow the grass for two more harvests.
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