Mom, what are those? My son was eyeing the little tray of green sprouting sunflower seeds. At just one and a half inches tall, many of the green tips still had their shell covers, or hats as we know refer to them. This simple observation has ignited a very passionate interest in growing – and even better – eating sprouts in my family.
Not that getting vegetables into my family is impossible, it just gets a bit tiresome…there isn’t a huge sense of adventure – and many veggies are off the menu at a specific time (zucchini – fresh tomatoes, cauliflower currently on the banned food list). So, the wonder of sprouts has been incredible. My son loves the sunflower sprouts – his job is to carefully remove the hats from the sprouts – and often he eats most of the sprouts during this process.
We have also tried lentil sprouts, chickpea sprouts, and the traditional alp alpha and broccoli mix sprouts. I’m working on sprouting some grains soon.
No matter where you live, how little sun shines through your windows, you too can sprout grains, seeds and nuts. And, it is economical. All you need is a jar, a screened lid, grains/seeds and a bit of patience.
Sprouting seeds and beans is an amazing thing to witness – it is like a science and nutrition lesion tied together – my kid is always intrigued and amazed – and often checks on the progress of our latest sprouting situation.
I encourage everyone to give this a try – particularly in the dark days of winter – sprouts saved us!!