Sprouting is one of my favorite year round pastimes.
Seeds are literally tiny little beings of potential which contain enough life force to produce an entire plant. Because seeds, beans, legumes, and grains must contain all of the important nutrients that the plants will need to grow in their initial days, they are filled with important organic compounds that our body can also utilize. These compounds are not available to us in seed form, only after the enzyme inhibitors are removed and the sprouting process begins, can we taps into this incredible energy.
Now let’s get started!
First and foremost, you will need the seeds! It is important to make sure they come from a reliable source. If you are lucky enough to have a good health food store nearby, you can purchase everything you need, but if not, there are some good online alternatives. A couple of options are Handy Pantryand Garden’s Alive. Be sure the seeds and beans are organic and Non GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). Heirloom or wild edible seeds are also good. You can buy just one type of seed or bean, or choose from the many salad or protein blends depending on your taste or particular health issue you would like to address. For example, red clover and broccoli have been shown to reduce cancer and tumor growth.
Next you need some type of sprouter. I like to try different methods for different sprouts. If you are just starting, you can usually purchase a perforated lid that will screw onto a Mason jar. This is the least expensive way to go and a great way to begin. In this first sprouting session, I used a Mason jar with a screen lid from Sprout People and a plastic sprouting box I purchased from Garden’s Alive. I typically use these containers for sprouting small seeds such as alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish, etc. To sprout beans and peas, I like to use a sprouting bag. These are about 8” X 5” drawstring bags and typically made from hemp. The reason for the bag is to keep the beans in the dark. You are more interested in the leaves for seeds, and root tails for beans. Leaves like light, roots like dark. If you don’t have a sprout bag and want to do beans you can use the same jar and lid for the seeds and keep it in a dark cupboard.