Sprouts are some of the very healthiest foods you can eat, and they’re fun and easy to do at home. You can sprout any raw and whole bean, nut, seed, grain, pea, or lentil.
Here’s the basics:
- Soak your chosen legume, seed or grain in water overnight.
- The next morning, drain the water, rinse’em off, and let them sit (without any water) in an open glass jar or casserole dish on your counter (out of direct sunlight, but needn’t be hidden away).
- Be sure to rinse them again every 8 hours if you can, or at least every morning when you get up and again before you go to bed. Most sprouts take 2-3 days.
Denser legumes like chickpeas take longer to soak and start sprouting (soak for about 8-10 hours) and smaller seeds and grains like quinoa and sunflower seeds don’t need as long to soak (about 4 hours). Some grains, such as buckwheat, become slimy after soaking which is normal – you just need to spend more time rinsing them carefully each time, until all the slime is gone.
Here we’ve sprouted some kamut grains. They look like crazy spiders! How cool is that?!
We left them in a colander, and the sprouts grew right through the bottom, which looks pretty neat.
Get sprouting, friends!
-the FGF team