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Super nutritious, versatile & flavorful tiny germinated seeds with 30 times more nutrition than a fully grown organic vegetable
When it comes to growing your own food, we always try to find something that’s easier, quicker and nutritious at the same time. But for first-time gardeners, baby steps are essential.
Wondering what to start with?
Start with growing sprouts; Yes, one of the most accessible living foods to grow indoors & which barely requires any space or special equipment (not even a sunny window).
The best part?
They require just a few minutes of hands-on time & almost anyone can grow them at home!
The journey of every plant involves a crucial phase called sprouting or germination, where the seeds break their hard shell, which is its natural defence coating & begin to grow the primary roots called sprouts.
This outer protective layer of the seed contains various complex compounds (phytates, enzyme inhibitors & various antinutrients) that slow down the absorption of essential minerals by the body & lead to digestion problems. Once a seed sprouts, the outer coating breaks down and converts the complex compounds into a simpler form.
The nutrient value present in the seed increases by almost 30 times that of the same plant when it's fully grown, so the sprouted stage is one of the most nutritious stages.
Thus, sprouts are the germinated seeds grown without soil, a couple of inches in length, & have just started to develop stems & leaves. Each seed contains all the nutrition it takes to germinate & grow, which means if you are consuming a sprout, you are eating everything in a plant, from roots to leaves.
Sprouts can be grown from many different varieties of seeds like
Among all these varieties, the most common & healthy sprouts are grown from vegetable seeds like alfalfa, clover, turnip, radish, fenugreek & many others, which are super nutritious and easy to digest as compared to the sprouts of lentil or a legume. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein & antioxidants and hence help boost the immune system.
You can get sprouts easily from the supermarket or farmer’s market, but if you want them as your daily source of supply, it’s best to collect some wide mason jars with organic seeds & grow them at your home; for a sustainable & fresh harvest on your own countertop.
It would be best if you grew your own sprouts as they are:
Apart from being a powerhouse of nutrition, these tiny sprouted seeds offer several health benefits that convince you to incorporate them into your daily diet. Some of their many benefits are that they:
To grow the finest sprouts at home, all you need is
Now that you know a little bit more about sprouting & its benefits, are you ready to give it a try? ;)
The seeds are usually sprouted in jars, sprouting trays or muslin cloth. Among all these methods, jar sprouting is the easiest method & works for nearly any seed. It requires only a jar with a sprouting mesh to drain out the water and, of course, the seeds :)
Once you have your jar & the seeds, here’s how to grow them:
For how long?
It depends on the weather conditions; 6-8 hours in summers & 8-12 hours in winters.
Bigger seeds like peas or beans should be soaked for at least 24 hours.
It is strongly recommended to choose only high quality, non-GMO, non-coated organic desi seeds because when you are eating a sprout, you are eating the seed itself.
While choosing the seeds for sprouting, look for the seeds that are not chemically treated, cracked or milled. They should be marked “sproutable” on the package, as all the seeds that can sprout do not mean they are suitable for sprouting.
Before soaking the seeds, rinse them thoroughly to clean them. Most importantly, do not forget to charge & empower your seeds with positive thoughts & the Supreme Soul’s blessings to enhance the potency of the seeds :)
Based on nutritional value, upon sprouting, the vitamins, mineral & protein content in the seed increases with a decrease in carbohydrate content & the resultant protein formed is the most easily digestible of all proteins available in foods.
Thus they are extremely rich in proteins, vitamins & enzymes and are one of the best ways to benefit from complete nutrition.
On the other hand, microgreens are grown in soil & cut off at stem level for consumption, i.e. the stem and edible leaves are consumed. It mainly consists of a central stalk and a pair of cotyledons which are the dense packages of nutrients containing all the stored food the baby plant needs to form a mature plant. They are rich in antioxidants, calcium and various other vital nutrients & are high in fibre content compared to sprouts.
Sprouts are a very versatile food. After they are ready, they can be