Vegan Scene

hello, young sprout
July 29, 2010, 7:04 pm
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Sprouts are meant to be some of the most health giving foods ever. They are alive as alive could be. They have phytochemicals, pretty much every nutrient, proteins, and enzymes. I love googling the health properties of different sprouts, especially when I’m having a slow day.

My favorite seed to sprout is definitely broccoli. It very quickly turns from a sleepy, black seed to a bright green, crispy carpet of yum.

broccoli seeds ready to eat after 2 days of germination!

broccoli seeds, ready to eat after only 2 days of germination!

We love all the different kinds of sprouts around here. Alfalfa is especially healthy and tasty, but I have discovered it is a faster growing sprout in cold weather. My alfalfas were germinated the same night as my brocs, but these guys still need to grow. In the winter, when the kitchen is much cooler, the alfalfa  zooms out of its golden shell.

alfalfa having a slow day in the heat

If you’re new to sprouting, you will need to find a jar and a piece of breathable cloth like moslin or cheese cloth.  You could also purchase a sprouting container. In my experience, the container is worth the money. With the jar, you can’t drain off as much moisture, making for damp, sometimes moldy growing conditions. The design of the container (we use a  Vogel Biosnacky) allows for more moisture to escape.

Most seeds need to be soaked overnight to get them germinating, but some only need a few minutes of soaking. After this step, put the seeds in a jar for a few days, rinsing and draining once to twice daily. Before long, your sprouts will be ready to eat.

There are so many different seeds to sprout. We’ve tried chickpea, sunflower, mung bean, buckwheat, and the spicy radish!


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Where do you buy a sprouting container in the states, and what are its advantages? What type of seeds do u use for your spouts, meaning where do you purchase them? And once sprouted, do you eat the whole thing and how long do they last before turning a bit rancid? Do you have recipes to share with your avid readers? I do hope so.

Comment by Liora

Hi Liora!! Thanks so much for your questions and comments!
The benefit to using a purpose-designed sprouting container is that it gives the seeds a drier environment. The seeds are spread over a large surface and the container has ridges and a drain along the bottom, so water used to rinse sprouts will soon evaporate or drain off. Using a jar and cheese/moslin cloth will mean the sprouts sit on top of each other and won’t drain as thoroughly.

I imagine the sprouting containers are available through health food stores in the states, as they are in the UK, but I can’t be certain. We bought the Vogel BioSnacky Large Germinator at our local, independent health food store (before it closed, eek). If your local does not stock them, try googling ‘Vogel BioSnacky Large Germinator,’ and ordering one online.

As far as purchasing the seeds, I’m going to say the same thing. Hopefully your local health food store stocks some sort of sproutable seed. Dried chickpeas or buckwheat can be purchased, soaked, and sprouted from anywhere. There’s no need to buy special sproutable pulses. The older the seed is, however, the less active it is, and it therefore might not sprout.

Once sprouted, you’ll want to keep your young plants in tupperware in the fridge. Most sprouts stay fresh for 4 or 5 days.

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