Sprouts are nature’s wonder food! They rank as the most fresh and nutritious of all vegetables available to humans. Sprouts should be a part of everybody’s daily diet. They are full of antioxidants, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Sprouts also contain enzymes that give your body a much-needed rest as they digest themselves. While digesting sprouts you will be full of energy while not relying on your body to secrete enzymes to process. Sprouted foods have been part of the human race for thousands of years. Many studies have been done over the years on sprouts and their positive affects on treatment for cancer and diabetes.
MORE REASONS TO EAT SPROUTS!
quoted from The Wonders of Sprouting by Lucie Desjarlais, RNC
“Lots of reasons! They carry plenty of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes, all necessary for the body to function optimally. In addition to providing the greatest amount of these nutrients, sprouts deliver them in a form that is easily digested and assimilated. In fact, they improve the efficiency of digestion. Sprouts are also deliciously fresh and colourful!
Sprouts are very inexpensive (even when organic), always fresh (they grow until you chew them) and have the potential to help solve hunger and malnutrition problems in our communities and in developing countries, because they are so rich in nutrients, affordable, and easy to transport before sprouting. Sprouts are precious in winter, when the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables is declining as their price increases.”
“(Sprouts) supply the highest amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. of any food per unit of calorie.”
“...sprouts nourish and strengthen the whole body, including the vital immune system.”
WHY SPROUT AT HOME?
Most of us in North America depend on fresh produce that is transported across half a continent. Though we may garden in the summer, winter stops all but the most dedicated, or most southern, gardeners. Home sprouting can supply delicious fresh food, without the environmental drawbacks of the Mega-farm produced fresh produce, and at a fraction of the cost. Sprouting at home takes only a few seconds a day and can produce a good part of your daily requirements of the nutrients you need from fresh produce. The hassles are minor, the costs are low, and the freshness is wonderful. If you can supply a jar, some screen or netting, and rinse the sprouts twice a day, you can grow delicious organic sprouts in 4 to 6 days.
Most seeds can be sprouted and eaten but avoid sprouting any seeds from plants that may have poisonous parts. Common seeds for sprouting include alfalfa, fenugreek, lentils, peas, radish, and red clover. Mung beans have been sprouted in Asia for thousands of years, but take more equipment and time than other seeds. Other less common seeds include cabbage, broccoli, garbanzos, mustard seed, and quinoa. Most grains can grow chlorophyll rich grass crops, and grains without hulls can be used as short sprouts. Save garden seeds (radish is easy, just let them go to seed and harvest when dry and ripe). Caragana seeds make delicious sprouts. Spread a blanket or tarp by the bushes just before the pods pop open to catch the seeds.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED A jar, 1 liter to 4 litre (1 qt. to gallon) size, depending on your appetite for sprouts and the size of your family.
A bowl of the right size and weight to prop up the jar.
Some screen or netting and a rubber band, either nylon tulle from a fabric shop or grey fibreglass screen from a hardware store, will work fine.
Seeds with good germination, preferably grown organically. Avoid purchased garden seeds unless you know they aren't treated. Most natural food stores have the common sprouting seeds; if in doubt, ask if it's organic. If you know a farmer who grows the seeds you want without chemicals, buy in bulk. Most sees keep for a year in a cool dry place.
We are very proud to be able to offer certified organic Canadian grown Mumm's seeds! These are top quality seeds that are cultivated with love.
MIXED BAG INGREDIENTS
Contains clover, alfalfa, radish, canola.
Ancient Eastern Blend
Beautiful combination of seeds that grow in 4-days. Contains Fenugreek, Lentils, Kamut, Adzuki beans.
Broccoli Brassica Blend
A tasty 5-day sprout. Contains Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Canola, Radish, Mustard, Arugula. Healthy and crisp addition to sandwiches and salads.
Crunchy Bean Mix
An easy 3-day sprout. A mix of peas, garbanzo beans, lentils. Great for salads, snacks, and stir frys.
Spicy Lentil Crunch
An easy 5-day sprout. Mix of lentils, radish, alfalfa, red clover, canola, black mustard. Our first mix and still a favourite.