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Sprout seeds at home for good flavors and good nutrition

Dec 08, 2011 -
   
  Sprout seeds at home for good flavors and good nutrition
Try one of our 17 kinds of sprouting seeds for fresh greens at home. Grow a combo with our 4 sprouting seed mixes.
 
   

It’s not just about alfalfa sprouts.

Unlock the nutrition in a smorgasbord of seeds when you sprout them, and give your taste buds 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

Soak
Rinse
Eat

Watch the video for the details, but basically you’re three days from homegrown sprouts.

Now the fun starts—do you want to try sprouting sunflower seeds, radishes, or broccoli? Take a peek at the 17 different sprouting seeds we have.

Can’t decide? Go with one of our 4 seed mixes.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

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.”

Interested?

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.

FOOD SAFETY

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.

For several servings of one kind of sprout, use our Large Tray. To keep a variety of sprouts on hand, triple your production with the three-decker trays.

Don’t forget your old friends, the alfalfa sprouts, but take a walk on the wild side with 16 other kinds of sprouts.


Categories: Sprouting Seeds, Organic Sprouting Seeds, Seed Sprouting Kit, Sprouting Seeds, Organic Sprouting Mixes, Sproutmaster Kits, Urban Gardening & farming


Cindy Cara Says:
Dec 11th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Is the tray easier to use to separate the mung bean seed hulls? Do you have any tips on that?
Great website - enjoyed the sprouting video! Looking forward to a forum where we can share ideas, provide answers for each other!

Charlotte, Peaceful Valley Says:
Dec 13th, 2011 at 9:30 am

Cindy, Either the jar or the tray are fine for separating mung bean hulls. Which you use depends more on how many sprouts you want at a time—the mung bean sprouts are big and you can fit more of them on a large tray. Please share your ideas on sprouts right here in the comments section!

Lorraine York Says:
Dec 14th, 2011 at 10:47 am

It’s a mystery.  Not only could I always get the videos before, I can’t get the video today on the new web site.  Lorraine

Charlotte, Peaceful Valley Says:
Mar 27th, 2012 at 7:14 am

Lorraine, Even the internet gets the hiccups. Please let me know if you are having an ongoing access problem.

Jaclyn Says:
Nov 20th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

What parts of the sprouts are edible?

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Nov 21st, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Jaclyn, All parts of the sprouts are edible.

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