I’m hoping you’ll respond “a lovely herb garden”, “broccoli sprouts” or “my confidence” and not “mold”. This post continues the discussion we started yesterday on the little things you can do to enhance the nutrient value of your food. Today, in the spirit of spring, I’m in the mood to chat about sprouting.
There was a time that I would have consider sprouting to be a laborious task, that was beyond the realm of my culinary investments. But now I’m quite accustomed to soaking and sprouting seeds and grains. I even hang out with other people who sprout, when I walk into jae’s kitchen I often see a bowl of buckwheat sprouting on the counter (and I don’t think that’s strange at all). I started sprouting because I wanted to have more greens in the winter and because my niece and nephews were intrigued by jars full of seeds and tails. The experience made me realize how easy it was to grow these nutrient powerhouses at home.
I have since moved onto to sprouting in my colander (abandoning the jar method). I presoak the seeds or grains in a the colander placed into a bowl. Then I drain and rinse the seeds or gains and place the colander back over the empty bowl. I rinse the grains and seeds twice a day until the sprouts reach the length I want. It is really that simple. If you can turn the tap on and off you can make perfect sprouts.
But the question is why bother?
Beyond the delicious results of a breakfast like, Sprouted Whole-Grain Cereal (p. 261) or one of my favourite sprouted buckwheat granolas there are a number of reasons to consume sprouts.
- Sprouting improves the digestibility and quality of protein in food (such as buckwheat and lentils).
- Sprouting increases amino acid quantity (such as lysine) in foods like oats, millet and wheat.
- Sprouting destroys enzyme inhibitors which assists in digestion and nutrient absorption
- Sprouting breaks down phytates and generates the production of vitamin C which improves the absorption of iron and zinc.
- Sprouting increases the antioxidants and phytochemicals in foods which improves your ability to fight cancer, reduces inflammation, enhances immunity and destroys free radicals.