Sprouting is essentially the practice of germinating seeds. This can be grains, nuts, beans or other kinds of seeds. The Chinese have done it for thousands of years (think beansprouts!).
There are huge health benefits, plus, it’s SO easy to do and provides satisfying, window-sill entertainment as you watch your sprouts grow in your kitchen in 3-6 days with almost zero effort….no complicated preparation, no complicated management and a tiny cost for such potent nutrition. The photo below is my sprouting jar (‘Geojar Glass’) after soaking some alfalfa seeds for 8 hours.
Here it is again after only 2 days of sprouting…you can use a simple glass jar with muslin around the lid or go for one of the many cheap sprouting jars you’ll find on the web.
Sprouting converts most of the seeds/grains starch into simple sugars, proteins into amino acids and enzymes and vitamins are boosted, plus they become much more digestible. Interestingly, when grains and legumes are sprouted, they often do not cause allergies (eg: when wheat is consumed it might trigger an allergic response, but when the wheat grain is sprouted, it is much less likely to do so).
Like anything, sprouts shouldn’t be eaten to excess – they are also cooling in nature, so great when the weather is hot and particularly useful for those with a robust, fiery ‘excess’ type of constitution, rather than for those who are constantly cold and deficient (eg: exhausted, feels the cold much more and may have loose stools). For these individuals, lightly cooking by simmering, steaming or stir frying the sprouts reduces their cooling effect whilst still retaining the goodness.
In the life-cycle of plants, sprouts express the point of greatest vitality (the point where huge amounts of energy are produced to begin the transformation from dormant seed/grain, into a shoot that begins to expand into a fully-grown plant.
What to Sprout
Alfalfa, radish, mustard seeds, lentils, mung and aduki beans, wheat or rye grains and sunflower seeds are all great to sprout.
How to do it
For more detail on the health benefits of sprouts and helpful instructions on sprouting (to ensure they are kept clean during the process), check out – https://draxe.com/sprout/ and for those interested in the Chinese perspective on diet and nutrition (which also includes sections dedicated to sprouting and food allergies) this book is a must:
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