Sprouting provides the correct environment for growth and switches the seed from the dormant state to the active growth state. Sprouting also reduces anti-nutrients and makes nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes more bio-available.
When analysed, the nutrient content in sprouts are significantly greater than the levels found in non-sprouted grains, legumes, nuts or seeds. Consuming the sprout when it has just sprouted maximises its nutrient availability. As the sprout grows, its available nutrients are utilised to support its growth therefore older sprouts will have lower nutrient levels than younger sprouts.
General Method For Sprouting
Sprouting only works on whole grains, legumes nuts and seeds. If they have been de-hulled or split then they will not sprout.
You may use a sprouting jar or an ordinary jar with the opening covered with some cheese cloth and secured with an elastic band. An ordinary bowl and colander may also be used
- Wash whole grains, beans, nuts or seeds to be sprouted in clean water.
- Drain then cover with clean water and leave to soak overnight (there are exceptions to this see below)
- Drain the seeds and rinse then put them in either a sprout jar or in a colander placed in a suitable bowl.
- Leave the seeds in a warm spot covered
- Each day drain and rinse the seeds until you can see small tails emerging from the seed.
Daily rinsing is required to ensure that the sprouts do not dry out.
The sprouts are ready when the tails have emerged.
The length of time required for sprouting varies according to the type of seed used. Generally the larger beans take longer to sprout than smaller beans, seeds and nuts.
- Wash buckwheat and then soak for a maximum of 1 hour otherwise they will become slimy and will not sprout.
- After an hour rinse and place in either a colander in a bowl or in a sprouting jar.
- Leave in a warm spot and rinse daily until small sprouts have formed
Sprouting Linseed (Flaxseed)
- Flaxseed becomes slimy when wet which prevents it from sprouting. A different method is required similar to growing cress seeds:
- Place a cheese cloth or any other absorbent material on a flat tray and sprinkle it with the flax seed making sure that each seed has space around it.
- Spray the linseed with some water and leave in a warm place to sprout.
- Each day check the cheese cloth and if it is dry then lightly spray with water. Continue checking the seeds and spraying with water if necessary until they sprout