The health benefits of consuming 'live food', that is, food that has the ability to give life (what other food can you think of that can do this?), are enormous. I won't try to cover it all in detail here, just rest assured that growing sprouts at home on a small scale is a fantastic thing we can do for the health of our bodies!
I have started with two pasta sauce size jars (Fowlers #20) and put a small amount of legumes in each. The first jar held some whole lentils while the second contained some of the mung beans I purchased recently.
Both being larger legumes, I followed the suggestion in my book to soak them in water for twelve hours before draining them and then rinsing twice daily. Here is their progress since they were started three days ago:
|The lentil sprouts are nutty and a little grassy flavoured. Quite tender to the bite.|
|Sprouted mung beans can be eaten at the appearance of a root, or later as shoots emerge.|
I would also like to try my hand at making a rudimentary shelf/rack to hold the jars on such an angle that they drain without toppling over (quite a problem in my makeshift ice-cream container rack!). This past week I've found myself refining my hacksawing skills on other projects, so feel ready to give this a go! Now, to just source some hardwood . Other beans/seeds I think I'd like to try include mustard, rocket, lettuce, sunflower and fenugreek...
Do you grow sprouts? What are your favourites? What method do you use? Aaaaand, how do you like to EAT them?