Friday, January 18, 2013

Sprouting - Which Seeds?



After discussing the reasons why you should consider sprouting on Monday, I decided to post some benefits and a little more info about the sprouts available.

The variety of Seeds that one could sprout is pretty long.

There are "Easy" sprouts, but there are also some "Difficult" Seeds to sprout.

Some "Easy: sprouts would be:

Alfalfa
Fenugreek
Chickpeas
Lentils
Mung Beans
Sunflower 
Wheat

Some "Difficult" seeds would be:

Onion
Fennel
Linseed
Mustard

Another thing that you need to take into consideration is the fact that some seeds tend to "Slime" once they start to germinate. This can be a bit icky but if you combine the "Slimers" with other seeds you will find it happens less often. One of these good helper seeds would be Alfalfa, which not only helps with the slime forming seeds, but will also help other "Difficult" seeds to sprout.

Because of these seeds, I would recommend that if you are wanting to sprout a "Snack Pack" that you sprout your seeds individually and mix them once they are done.

Some health benefits of sprouts:

Alfalfa: Known to lower cholesterol, are anti-inflammatory, great for sugar control (Diabetes), super for bone health and they are high in anti-oxidants, and protein.

Fenugreek: Detoxifies, great for any kind of mucus problems (Flu, bronchial issues, hay fever), increases milk production, great for constipation. After the first handful of these sprouts, you will find that you start to smell like curry - especially in the armpit area - increases lymph drainage. Fenugreek is a constituent of curry powders.
Mung Bean: Increase longevitiy, decrease chances of heart disease, great for diabetics, a stress reliever and as a post-menopausal supplement
Lentils: Regulates water retention, promotes heart health.
Wheat: Anti-biotic, Anti-inflammatory, and tones.

Are you ready to try it out?

On Monday, I will show you how to go about setting up your sprouter.


If you have any questions or queries, please leave them in the comments below and we will answer you asap.


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6 comments:

  1. Hello Natalie, just popped over from Natural Suburbia, and although I was expecting to see something knitty or sewn, I am equally impressed to see sprouts!! You've just inspired me to get back into making alfalfa sprouts again although I might wait until autumn/winter now as the garden is producing lots of good things atm!
    Lovely to meet you.

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    1. Hi Evi,
      Yes, this is my new blog that I have started with hubby :)
      The knitting that is being done can still be found on my Blog: www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com
      Thanks for visiting.
      x
      Natalie

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  2. Yum. What a pretty picture of sprouts!

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you, hubby has a fantastic cell phone ;) it takes the most amazing photos! So much so that I have put my camera on hold and keep using his phone LOL!!!
      Thanks for visiting.
      x

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  3. I love sprouts! I have jars all over the place year round but especially in the winter. Isn't it nice to have home grown fresh veg in the winter?

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      I totally agree with you, we have them growing all year round, as I just can't imagine a salad without them in it?
      x

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