Something I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but thought to be very complicated is growing my own sprouts instead of paying loads for them in the shop. After reading a blog post by my former uni friend now turned raw foodist I realised how easy it is. I’ve used green lentils, but you can basically use any seeds. In general, any plant from which you might eat the stems and leaves is a good option for sprouting. (Apparently you should use seeds specifically labelled ‘sprouting seeds’ since they have been properly cleaned- but as I didn’t know that I just used the lentils you buy in the supermarket.)
Anyway, what you need to do is to soak the lentils over night. Drain the water the next morning, rinse and put the bowl in a dark kitchen cupboard. Keep rinsing 2-3 times a day to prevent the sprouts from getting dry. After a few days you’ll have loads of little nutritious sprout-babies ready to eat 🙂 Store the sprouts in a covered bowl and consume within a week.
Day 2. You can see that the sprouting has begun.
Day 3. Some serious sprouting going on.
Day 4. Ready to eat!
I guess the most common way to consume sprouts is in salads, so I made a watercress, pepper, orange and sprout salad which was simple but nice. I like putting orange in salads, it goes well with most things.
As you can see sprouting is pretty straight-forward and doesn’t require much effort at all. Now I just want tot try loads of different seeds and see what I like best. Any tips are welcome!
x Nina x