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Sprouts: Organic food that you can grow in 24-36 hrs

Hey Everyone,

This is for those who would like to grow their own food but just don't have the time or energy to do it. Sprouting grains is very easy and requires very little effort and they are highly nutritious. Sprouts have significant amounts of proteins and minerals. You can sprout pretty much any grain.

Let me give you a step by step protocol:

1) Wash and soak the seeds in a vessel, typically overnight. The seeds will double in volume so use a large container. You can never put too much water but you can put too little. So be liberal with the water. You know they are completely soaked when they are not hard (stone like) to chew on.

2) Drain the water and transfer the seeds to a colander. Rinse the seeds for a few minuted under running water.

3) Cover and place the colander in a dark area. I put it in the oven that is NOT turned on. The moisture, darkness and ability to breathe (that's why you have to use a colander) will help the seeds to germinate and sprout.

4) On completion of sprouting, rinse seeds and consume immediately or store in fridge for a few days.

The soaking and sprouting times vary with the seeds.

I am from India (been in the US for 5 yrs), and sprouts are very common in our staple diet. The steps I have mentioned above are what I have learnt when watching my mom. Here is a website that has more information on sprouting techniques, nutrition etc (http://sproutpeople.org/). I have never bought anything from this site so I can't comment on their products but the information they give is good.

Here are the soaking and sprouting times for the seeds that I use regularly

i) Mung bean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mung_bean): 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

ii) Moth beans(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moth_bean) : 12hr soak time, 12-15hr sprout time.

The above two are the easiest, you cannot go wrong with these.

iii) White, green chickpeas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickpea): 12-18hr soak time, 12-18hr sprout time.

I buy these grains from my local Indian store but I am pretty sure you will find them in the regular food stores too.

I usually steam cook the sprouts and make curries (http://www.cookingandme.com/2011/11/moong-usal-recipe-popula...). But you can eat them raw (in salads), steamed or roasted.

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Let me just state

That if you buy bunk seeds, your going to be eating some bunk sprouts. I made some from Lentils I bought at my supermarket and I thought they were good until day 2 when they started having a yellowish whiteish color i wasn't to familiar with. Anywho yeah they weren't all that tasty raw, until i decided i would go to my Local Indian market and bough lentils which were Really Green and started sprouting. MAN WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! go the Extra mile and get Quality whole seeds and beans, funny thing was the lentils I got at the Indian market was cheaper than at the supermarket! o.0

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Great way to have organic feed for cows, chickens, etc. too

Dull, but covers all you need to go from "grain fed" to organic, grass fed and save money on your feed.

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Was just going to post a link to your thread on this since i havent seen you on the forums lately. Your vid was a good resource for me. Hope youre doing well.

I just placed an order

With sproutpeople. I'm trying the brassica sampler with their easy sprouter. The shipping included a handling fee. It was about double what I expected but the seeds were a bargain. Their instructional videos were very good so I feel comfortable I will be successful.

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Got a link for us?

Keep us posted on your progress/success with the sampler, please.

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Thank you!

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Mung seeds are large enough

that they will not fall through a colander. While waiting for my order from sproutpeople I hit a local health food store for the beans. After soaking for 12 hours, I allowed mine to grow for 48 hours. I would say the root was about 3/4 of an inch long. If I were to use them for cooking I would continue to let them grow. Anyway we have been putting them in salad and I love the crunchy texture and cabbage like flavor. I'm also looking forward to growing micro greens. Most can be done hydroponically and take about 10 days. It's cool what can be produced with seed and water.

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I used to grow sunflower greens

in commercial trays with an inch of soil like they do at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Those are great in salads. I especially love sprouts in a salad stuffed in pita bread which has mayonaise spread on the inside.

Love sprouting, especially in winter

I've learned to sprout just about any seed, legume, or grain. Beats the produce up north in the winter. I prefer hemp sprouting bags for legumes, and the jar method for small seeds. You can sprout the 1 dollar lentils or green peas bought at the store, but for small seeds definitely buy the ones made for sprouting. Must be good nutrition, because my fingernails got super healthy after I started eating sprouts? In any case, it is fun and saves money.

I just finished off a batch

of broccoli sprouts which I made in the "Easy Sprout" sprouter. Indoor gardening (sprouts) makes a lot of sense -- lots of nutrition. I'm trying to get back into it again.

I grew a garden this year

and I have more "pole" green beans than I can use now. Could the seeds be stored and later used as sprouts?

Yes, dry them first

Then you can store and sprout them later. Plus, legumes when sprouted won't give you gas! :)

I have never tried sprouting

I have never tried sprouting pole green beans. But I don't see why you should not be able to. Try it and let us know :)

Use the rinse water in your garden.

Seeds release compunds that feed soil organisms so the organisms can break down soil minerals that the plant uses as raw materials.

Something in sprouts may make them less than healthy for animals. The seeds defense system. Phytic acid perhaps?

I don't know, but have heard warnings, somewhere.

As always a little research might provide a better understanding of the product.

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If I remember correctly, the Gerson Therapy

prohibits sprouts for this reason. It might be enzyme inhibitors. I'm not sure if this applies to all sprouts but I've heard that alfalfa can be a problem. Maybe it also depends on the stage of the sprouts growth or how well the byproducts are rinsed off. I'm not sure.

The Hippoctrates Diet uses a lot of sprouts but I believe they may have removed or warned about buckwheat sprouts after a study was published about the possible negative affects of a compound in it(unique to buckwheat).

That is what I recall also.

"It might be enzyme inhibitors." That could makes sense.

Patient progress against their cancers was reversed when sprouts were added.

I found several of the Gerson prohibitions odd. But Max Gerson started in the 1930s and his Daughter and Grandson continued after his death in the 1950.

Back in the days before full biochemical analysis, one went with what worked when battling cancer.

So I raised a red flag, only as a note of caution.

Raw Whole grains, seeds and nut contain phytic acid that collects (chelates) and carries out free intestinal minerals with the solid waste.

Deficiency of an essential mineral leads to disease.

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Can the colander

Be made of plastic?

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Ya, sure.

Ya, sure.

yeah, i've had beans sprout

yeah, i've had beans sprout before when i've soaked them overnight and forgotten to get them out of the water.

Oh, I have wanted to learn this

thanks. Bookmarked to study later.

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I'm already into it thanks to someone on DP that turned me onto


I was trying to figure out how to feed my livestock in remote locations that was cost effective and she proposed "fodder". That should cut my feed costs by around 500% plus saving me the costs of shipping it by plane to my spot.

Excellent for people as you're pointing out too.

Great thread.

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Appreciate the advice, OpenSkies.

With food prices skyrocketing, I am always looking for ways to eat healthy, now and for the future. I imagine seeds can be stored for that black day that seems to be approaching. Just make sure the seeds are organic.

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Yes, you can certainly store

Yes, you can certainly store the seeds. I had an insect infestation one time but that was an isolated incident. As long as they are stored in air tight, moistureless environments, they should be fine.


I have a friend who is going to get me started.

Sprouts seem also like an excellent emergency food.