Sunday, January 30, 2011

Super Sprouting (hopefully)

Having read about sprouts and their fabulous health benefits, I have decided to give them a go. Also, it is way too hot to be out gardening so this is like gardening but without having to leave the house.

I thought my foray into this unknown territory should be something easy so I decided on chickpeas.

I have just started with a small amount and in the a few days should have some lovely little sprouts to throw into a rocket and roast pumpkin salad.  The rocket is going absolutely crazy!

So I've rinsed and am now soaking these lovely little legumes. In about 12 to 18 hours they will be drained and rinsed and left in the jar to be rinsed at least twice a day. According to a few sources, the smell can get quite bad so rinsing is really important.

In a few days these should sprout little white tails and be ready to put in the fridge, where apparently the sprouting process stops.

I ended up adding a little more water to the jar and it is now on my kitchen bench covered with a muslin cloth.

I would really love to hear more about sprouting and find out what sort of things you sprout. All advise and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Take care


  1. No advise and no suggestions but I will be interested to see how they go :-)
    May your sprouts be bountiful.

  2. I love sprouts. YEARS ago when I was in college I had an egg salad and alfalfa sprout sandwich. There was no turning back.....

    People who allergic to legumes can usually eat them sprouted, or just when they pip. It changes the chemistry somehow.

    Things I've learned?
    #1) Give them plenty of room to sprout
    #2) Rinse daily at a minimum
    #3) Give them sunlight to increase nutritional value
    #4) Store in fridge to slow growth


  3. cityhippyfarmgirl, I had a sneak try of them today and they taste lovely already. A really nice nutty taste. Can't wait to throw some in a salad. Super easy. You should give it a go.

    Mary, egg and alfalfa is certainly up there on my list of sandwich fillings. I will need to get hold of some alfalfa seeds and have a go at these next. I'll see how they look by the morning as they are starting to get little white tails and they might need to go in the fridge. Thanks for the advice.


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