Sprout Seeds at Home for Good Flavors & Good Nutrition
It’s not just about alfalfa sprouts.
Unlock the nutrition in a smorgasbord of seeds when you sprout them, and give your tastebuds a treat with green crunch any week of the year. In our new video, Tricia shows you how simple it is to sprout seeds in your own kitchen.
It really is as easy as 1-2-3
Watch the video for the details, but basically you’re three days from homegrown sprouts.
Can’t decide? Go with one of our 4 seed mixes.
What’s so great about sprouts? Soaking seeds in water makes them uninhibited! Honest—they lose an enzyme inhibitor and their nutritional value increases by leaps and bounds.
The Washington State University Extension uses mung beans as an example:
“Add water to one and you’ll decrease total carbohydrates by 15 percent, increase vitamin B1 by 285 percent, increase riboflavin by 208 percent, increase vitamin B2 by 515 percent, increase vitamin B3 by 256 percent, and increase vitamin C by ... well, that one’s off the charts.”
Our sprouting seed supplier, Mumm’s, has a page of links to medical studies and news articles that discuss specific health benefits of different kinds of sprouts.
Sprouts, like any fresh live food, could carry harmful bacteria; nothing grown in nature is sterile. We recommend that you only sprout seeds that have been tested and packaged for sprouting, like Mumm’s brand.
Although Mumm’s thinks the risk of organic seed being contaminated with Salmonella or E.coli is very small, they do take it seriously.
Mumm’s samples each lot (probes every bag) of seed as it arrives in their warehouse. Samples go to an independent lab for sprouting, followed by Salmonella and E.coli O157 tests. Mumm’s keeps seeds quarantined until negative test results are returned. They use a system of GMPs (good manufacturing practices) to ensure the seed stays clean until it reaches the customer.
The FDA recommends such testing for pathogens by seed suppliers. Nevertheless, the FDA also recommends thorough cooking of sprouts before serving them to pregnant women, children, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system.
JARS OR TRAYS?
If you’re new to sprouting, begin with our inexpensive Sprouting Jar Starting Kit which comes with two different seed mixes.
Don’t forget your old friends, the alfalfa sprouts, but take a walk on the wild side with 16 other kinds of sprouts.
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