Sprouts are good. And easy. And healthy.

Grodda gröna linserTo grow your own sprouts is easy, and a lot cheaper than buying a ready packet in the store. You don’t need any special equipment either, an empty jar works fine. You can sprout all kinds of seeds – but make sure to use the organic ones, they grow much better. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sunflower seeds, mung beans, chickpeas and alfalfa seeds are my favourites.

Stuff you need

  • 1 glas jar
  • 1 rubber band
  • 1 cloth, or net
  • Beans or seeds

How to sprout

  1. Rinse and soak beans or seeds over night, about 8 hours. The times may vary a bit – see each seed or bean below.
  2. Rinse carefully and pour into a jar. Fasten the cloth as a lid with the rubber band and turn the jar upside down. Put it in a dark place, for example a cupboard.
  3. Rinse twice a day.
  4. When the sprouts have grown a bit, you can put them in the window so they get some light.
  5. Keep ready sprouts in the fridge. Most last 3-5 days.

Grodda akukibönorSprout Aduki beans

Soak for approximately 12 hours.
Will sprout after 4 days.
Can be eaten about 2 days after sprouting.
Somewhat boring to sprout. They take time and the result is just a small tail. They also have a dry flavour.

sprout alfalfaseedsSprout Alfalfa seeds

Soak for approximately 8 hours.
Will sprout after 4 days.
Can be eaten about 4 days after sprouting.
Alfalfa seeds take a few days before they are done, but they will also keep a little longer. Very nice both in sallads and on a sandwich. Very fun to sprout!

sprout fenugreekSprout fenugreek

Soak for approximately 8 hours.
Will sprout after 2 days.
Can be eaten about 4 days after sprouting.
Has quite a bitter flavour, but the seeds are soft and fresh. If you keep them longer than 4 days they will turn bitter. Slightly anis or liquorice flavour.

sprout chickpeasSprout Chickpeas

Soak for approximately 12 hours.
Will sprout after 2-3 days.
Can be eaten about 5-6 days after sprouting.
Tastes nutty and fresh. Good!

Sprout Flaxseeds

Did not sprout at all. Just turned “slimy”.

sprout green lentilsSprout Lentils, green

Soak for approximately 8 hours.
Will sprout after 2-3 days.
Can be eaten about 5 days after sprouting.
Tastes somewhat floury, but fresh. A favourite!

Sprout Lentils, red

Did not sprout at all, despite using organic lentils.

sprout mung beansSprout Mung beans

Soak for approximately 12 hours.
Will sprout after 1 day.
Can be eaten about 1-2 days after sprouting.
Mung beans sprout quickly, but also turn old quickly – just after a day or two, so don’t sprout too much. Eat them quickly, they are good!

Sprout psyllium seeds

Did not sprout, just turned to jelly.

Sprout sesame seeds, unpeeled

Did not sprout at all.

Sprout sunflower seedsSprout sunflower seeds

Soak for approximately 2 hours.
Will sprout after 3 days.
Can be eaten about 4 days after sprouting.
In a glass jar sprouting sunflower seeds will be a little messy, there will be peel, leaves, stems all over the place. Try instead to sprout them on a wet paper. Very nice sprouts!

This list is just a beginning. Do try buckwheat, chia seeds, kamut wheat, oats, wheats, quinoa and anything else you may find in your cupboard.

AtMerVegetariskt.se

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