Growing sprouts is easy, fun and economical. Sprouts are a delicious and highly nutritious addition to a vegetarian, vegan or raw food diet. Sprouts contain life-giving enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Whether you choose alfalfa, broccoli or bean sprouts, it's easy to start growing sprouts at home.
Choices for Growing Sprouts
There are so many choices for growing sprouts that you may feel at a loss to know where to start. First, it's important to know that you do not need any special equipment to grow sprouts. All you need are sprouting seeds marked for growing sprouts at the store, a clean jar or container, water, and a cover for the jar. If you plant to grow sprouts frequently, a spouting kit which contains a sprouting tray or other equipment comes in handy.
Types of Sprouts
There are many types of sprouts, and deciding which to choose is a matter of personal taste and preference. All are fairly easy to grow at home.
Choices for growing sprouts include:
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Broccoli sprouts
- Buckwheat sprouts
- Cabbage sprouts
- Radish sprouts
- Wheat berry sprouts
- Mung bean sprouts
And many other vegetable, bean and grain sprouts.
Sprouts may be enjoyed raw or cooked, on their own or as part of a delicious dish. Many people add sprouts of various kinds to salads, and they provide a crunchy low-calorie addition to the average salad. Layer sprouts with tomatoes, avocado, and pesto sauce on a vegetarian or vegan wrap sandwich for a great taste sensation that combines creamy textures with crunchy textures. Some sprouts may also be juiced or combined with other vegetables to create a health drink. You can also add them to vegetarian Chinese and Japanese cooked dishes to create yummy stir fry recipes and more.
Buy or Sprout Seeds
While you can purchase sprouts at grocery stories and health food stores nationwide, they're so easy to start at home that anyone can get some sprouts started in the kitchen. Best of all, growing sprouts take up little space, so they're perfect for apartment dwellers who want to add fresh vegetables to their diet.
Sprouted seeds are reputed to provide health benefits. They certainly provide fresh vegetables, vitamin C and other vitamins, and many minerals. Enjoy the benefits of growing sprouts.