Sprouting Seed - An Organic Addition to Your Green Kitchen Northumberland

Sprouting your own foods from seeds and grains is an easy way to obtain some cheap - or even free - food. Now that the "credit crunch" appears to be here to stay many people may find this a valuable way of adding some good nutrition to the family table without straining the budget.

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Sprouting Seed - An Organic Addition to Your Green Kitchen

Sprouting Seed is an Easy Way to Grow Tasty Organic Food

Sprouting seed for health and taste

Here's an organic addition to your green kitchen

Sprouting seed at home is very easy way to supplement your diet with fresh food. The best thing about this is you can do sprouting even if you live in a tiny flat or apartment on the 17th floor!

Sprouting your own foods from seeds and grains is an easy way to obtain some cheap - or even free - food. Now that the "credit crunch" appears to be here to stay many people may find this a valuable way of adding some good nutrition to the family table without straining the budget.

Sprouted seed is extremely nutritious; the starches and fats stored in the seed are used to produce proteins, vitamins and minerals.

While sprouted seeds may not be any richer than other fresh foods as sources of vitamins, there is no doubt that they are an exceptionally good source of enzymes amino acids and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals have been shown to have a role in preventing cancer.

What you need to begin sprouting

Sprouting seed - bean seed soaking

All you really need is a largish jar and some suitable seeds. Muslin or cheesecloth is useful - but not essential - to filter the washing water. If you want to grow sprouts often it's worth investing in a seed sprouting kit: see below for more details of these and their benefits.

Picture, right: sprouting seed just soaking ready to begin

Suitable seeds

There is a wide variety of suitable seeds, including alfalfa, fenugreek and broccoli seed. For a fuller list and growing instructions please see below.

How to sprout seeds

Pour a handful of seeds into the container – a large jar is ideal. Add filtered water at room temperature and leave the seeds to soak for a few hours or overnight.

Next day pour off the excess water from the seeds and refill with fresh water. Give the seeds a light shake or swirl round to rinse them through and then pour off the excess water again.

You can fit a muslin or cheesecloth lid with the aid of an elastic band, or you can just use a kitchen sieve to catch the sprouting seeds and hold them back so that you don’t lose them down the sink.

Just be careful that they don’t break – drain them carefully.

Do this about twice a day for 3 – 7 days, depending upon the seeds used.

The seeds will gradually sprout both roots and fledgling stems. You can experiment with different times so that the seeds are the size you like them best. Most are nicest when they are still quite small and pale. If you expose them to sunlight they will green-up quickly. Or you can keep them pale and succulent by keeping them in a darkish place.

I find it is easiest to keep the sprouting seeds close to the sink and water filter for easy washing.

Plenty of rinsing

The washing process is important. Like any living thing, seedlings give off waste products. They need bathing in fresh water to flush away any build up of such wastes and they need the fresh water...

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