Sprouted seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They contain a lot of nutrients–protein, minerals like folate and magnesium, vitamins, and antioxidants. Because seeds pack in all the nutrients plants need to germinate, they are tiny nutritional powerhouses and sprouting is the best way to reap those benefits.
Ancient Chinese physicians were prescribing sprouts curatively over 5,000 years ago and 18th century sea captains employed them to prevent scurvy on long passages. They can be grown easily and quickly in any climate and don’t rely on soil or sun. They require few resources and create no waste. Plus, they don’t require cooking.
You can add them to salads, woks, soups! We’ll explain the easiest way to make them, using your own Leafico cotton bag.
Selecting the seeds
The most trendy ones might be alfalfa and mung beans sprouts, but there are many other options. Try radish, lentils, mustard, soy beans, beets, peas, broccoli, sunflower and wheat berries, to name just a few.
Step by step
- Rinse seeds well with cool water and drain.
Put your seed into the bag and place the bag in a container of cool, clean water. Leave the closed bag in the container of water to soak. A general rule is to soak for at least 8/12 hours. Some larger seeds may require a longer soak. Soak until the seeds have doubled in size.
- Hang the bag for draining. It is important to drain the seeds well, for several hours, while allowing plenty of air circulation.
Rinse the bag of seeds gently under running water or dunk in a bowl of water. Handle with care to avoid breaking or damaging new sprouts. Rinse about 2/3 times per day, for 2-5 days, or until sprout tails just appear.
Keep them inside a jar in the fridge!
Get your Leafico multipurpose bag today and get ready to grow your own sprouts!