There is more than a meter of snow outside in my backyard and I am growing fresh green food on my kitchen counter! That’s the beauty of sprouts.
The sprout comes from a seed which has all the information and resources to grow a mature plant. After the addition of water, it comes to life for the first time, and releases all it’s goodness into a tiny flavourful shoot of plant material. This includes essential protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
You can be sure you are getting the best nutrition by growing your sprouts at home. It is easy and you can do it year round with minimal materials and space.
What can you sprout? Well just about any seed, legume or grain, and even nuts. Use special sprouting seeds for surefire results, or just dried raw seeds from the bulk section of your grocery store. I like to use dried lentils and chickpeas.
Cheap, Easy Sprout Method
- Glass Jar
- Sprouting seeds (I used dried lentils in this example)
- Small square of cheese/muslin cloth
- Rubber band
- Pure water
Get a glass jar (re-use a jar of pickles, etc). Fill it about 1/3 full with your seeds. Pour double or triple the amount of water into it. Secure the muslin cloth over the mouth of the jar with a rubber band.
Leave it until the next day. After 12-24 hours your seeds will soak up the water and double or even triple in size (depending on the seed). Now drain all the water by tipping it upside down (make sure the rubber band is on really tight – I double wrap mine).
Now leave it alone, and let the magic happen. You will be surprise how quickly they grow (in the picture above, I have already removed 1/2 the sprouts from the jar.) Rinse the seeds every day and make sure to drain the water each time – just to keep them moist.
After even 2 days, your sprouts can be eaten. You can tell because they form little tails. The longer you let the tails get, the more nutritious your sprouts become! They are at the peak of nutrition content at 5-7 days of growth.
Every day, I take out a big handful, and by the next day the jar is full again. As long as you keep rinsing, the sprouts will keep growing.