I’ve been reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. A fabulous read on one family’s journey to eat close to home. And an inspiration for my little family as I move us toward more local, home grown food.
There’s a couple spots in the book which reference making sprouts. So… I decided to be a self-sprouter and give it a go.
Sprouting is nothing more than taking a seed and kick starting the process to grow an adult plant. Before the seed can grow into a full fledged plant, you’re gonna make it lunch or dinner. For example broccoli sprouts, if in the ground, would grow into broccoli – easily recognizable as tiny green trees. You can sprout leafy greens, beans, nuts, grains – there’s no shortage of options. Sprouts, like any food, range from mild to strong in flavor. There’s a sprout for every palate.
Sprouts are high in enzymes making them easier to digest. They are high in vitamins and antioxidants A little time on Google and you’ll find all kinds of scientific information on sprout nutrition.
My desire to sprout things feeds a more intrinsic need.
There is something humble and noble about knowing your food from ground to gullet. And things that are crunchy make me happy.
You could raise chickens, collect their eggs, then learn how to wield an ax and cook Betsy the hen for dinner. You could plow up half of your backyard and spend your time tilling, weeding, picking, and canning. I do one of these and aspire to do the other. There are both labours of love and will give you blisters and heartache and sweat upon your brow.
Sprouting is simple. No acreage required. You will not break a sweat or incur bodily injury rinsing seeds in a jar. It’s cheap. A pound of seeds can be had for under $10. No special equipment required. Just patience, a jar, and some seeds. You get all the benefits of growing things and eating them. And if it doesn’t work out the first time you try it – no worries. You have not toiled away for hours nor spent a huge chunk of change.
Like anything else…. source is important. Make sure to get your seeds from someplace reputable. No funky stuff on seeds. I ordered broccoli sprouts from Sprout House via Amazon. A little goes a long way.
Mama And Baby Love has a handy dandy tutorial on sprouting you can follow. I’ll add that you should cover your jar with cheesecloth (secure it with a rubber band). This will let you rinse and drain your sprouts easily.
I’ve been eating sprouts for breakfast. A piece of toast with avocado, a fresh boiled egg and a handful of sprouts. Sprouts would go great on a salad or sandwich too. I’ve become a wee bit obsessed with this meal though and haven’t explored other sprout adventures yet.
Have you ever tried sprouting? Got any tips or recipes to share?