SPROUTING TIP! If you are using a Hemp Bag for your sprouts and find they are drying out (due to the furnace running), here’s a tip I’m trying. Get a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut one of the bottom corners off, then put 6 holes on both sides of the bag. This is for drainage and air circulation. Put your hemp bag inside, with the drainage hole angled to let the water out, zip the top about ¾ of the way and see if it helps.
When you rinse your hemp bags 2x per day, actually put it in a small bowl of water and really let your sprouts get a drink. It’s always good to massage them in the bag too, this helps keep the roots from attaching to the bag. I’ll actually turn them by hand inside the bag.
Don’t forget to give them a day or so in the sun to help “green up”. That lets them develop chlorophyll. WHY IS CHLOROPHYLL SO IMPORTANT? Plants are converting and storing energy from the Sun, like a “living battery” according to Ann Wigmore…and we get the benefits of that living energy. HOW? It helps carry oxygen to the cells and increases red blood cells, and did you know that Chlorophyll is similar to our hemoglobin? The only difference is that its nucleus is magnesium and ours is iron.
Enjoy your sprouts..I know your body is!
Sprouting Tray Speckled Pea Wheatgrass
Sprouting Tray Speckled Pea Microgreens & Wheatgrass
Grasses and Microgreens/Shoots!
GRASSES and MICROGREENS! So this week I'm updating you on the wheatgrass and Speckled Pea shoots. I decided to let the peas go to shoots--you can eat these when they just start sprouting tails, but I thought I'd go for the micro green. We'll be getting in a new supply of wheatgrass seeds and mixes of wheatgrass & barley and wheatgrass, Kamut and barley. Great blends for healthy juicing.
You can see we're using the sprouting tray: this comes in a set of 3 stackable trays with water drainage on each tray. You can use 1, 2 or all 3 trays and have a large sprouting garden in a small amount of space. You can also do 2 different seeds per tray too.
Same beginning process as regular sprouts, soak seeds overnight, then place in tray, spread evenly and rinse 2x/day. Each tray has a water retention/capture tray so it will keep the seeds moist and when they start the root system, will keep the roots moist also.
I started these last Wednesday and you can see how quickly they have grown. Both the sprouts and grass will need a couple more days--I like to have fully formed leaves on the peas and the grass just a bit taller.
The pea shoots can then be cut and used in salads, smoothies or any blended item. The wheatgrass will be juiced and provide a 1 ounce shot of liquid gold! Here's an excerpt from The Chalkboard Magazine about it's properties: "Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder". This economical SUPER JUICE should be a must for any health regimen. Google it and see for yourself.
Sprouting Hemp Bag Fenugreek
Sprouting Hemp Bag Fenugreek seeds
Sprouting Hemp Bag Fenugreek seeds
LIFE OF A SPROUT!
UPDATE on the continuing "life of a sprout"! Here's a pictorial for the sprouting bags: how it works and what it looks like when done. You can see you get a large crop from a very small and economical amount of seeds (shown is 2 tablespoons), probably less than $2
Simply soak 2 tablespoons of sprouting seeds overnight
Take your hemp bag (we'll explain below) and dump all the water and seeds from your soaking dish into the bag
Rinse seeds IN THE BAG twice a day or as needed to keep the bag and seeds moist.
Wait 3-5 days or so: depending on seed type (fenugreek and buckwheat groats are faster, some take a little longer)
If you feel that the seeds are getting "cramped" just loosen them inside the bag for more breathing room and space.
Your seeds will expand into sprouts and then you can harvest
Now you take just take small amounts as you use them from the bag or clean the entire crop and store for usage.
You do need to clean or de-hull your sprouts. Not that the hulls will hurt you but they are bitter and don't bring much to the party. I use a colander set inside a larger bowl full of water, but a salad spinner would be great too. Most of the hulls will either float to the top or sink to the bottom. Just swish and rinse until the bulk is removed.
I store mine in a Green Bag (more on this later but this time of year these are GREAT!). Now add to salads, smoothies, hummus or anything you might put in a blender. A great way to add SUPER nutrition and enzymes to your diet.
Hemp Bags: Why are these best? Because they are anti-bacterial and deters mold growth, more air circulation for your sprouts--again deters mold growth, easy to clean: just turn inside out, rinse in hot water and let dry until next use.
Green Bags: We carry these at the store and they DO WORK! You can keep your celery crisp for 7-10 days, avocados and bananas keep longer, all my vegetables and sprouts go in these bags and it keeps everything fresher longer. There are 20 bags in a box for $5--what a great deal!
Healthy Food for Healthy and
Safe Eating All Year
Here's a great article (click on the photo to the right) from Arbor Farms Market in Ann Arbor about Sprouting: we have sprouting trays, bags and automatic watering sprouters, assortment of seeds for micro greens, grasses and more.
Watch as we add more specific information soon.
Arbor Farms Article
The Many Health Benefits of
At the top of the list of cancer-fighting foods are Cruciferous Vegetables, which include cabbage, brussel sprouts, arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale. But sometimes eating enough to benefit you can be unrealistic, for example you would have to eat 10 servings of broccoli every day to get its benefits. However, young broccoli sprouts contain up to 50 times more of the antioxidant sulforaphane than broccoli and can be harvested in just four to five days. What is sulforaphane good for? Studies show that gastric cancer is associated with the bacteria, H. pylori and sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts may keep H. pylori infections at bay. In addition sulforaphane may reduce the symptoms of asthma and other lung problems and may be the key to lowering your risk for heart disease.
Other benefits to growing sprouts at home are controlling the risk for contamination and food-borne illness, as you handle the entire process from beginning to end. Have Fresh Salad ALL Year! It’s easy to grow sprouts using Hemp Bags. Made of 100% hemp & flax which has antibacterial qualities, it is tough, renewable and produces a top quality sprout. These bags are easy to clean (simply turn inside out and rinse clean in hot water, hang and dry). Bag vs Jar: Your sprouts need air! And good circulation and drainage prevents mold-you bag offers 100% drainage without tilting or waiting and water never collects.
2 EASY steps:
Dip in water (or rinse 2-3 times/day)
hang on hook or knob. Or lay in dish rack. If you find your bag dries out during the day or if you’ll be gone overnight, simply lay the damp bag in your drainer with a bowl of water. Leave the open end of the bag in the bowl of water so your bag can “drink”—the water will wick into the bag and keep your sprouts moist until you’re able to rinse and hang. This still allows air to circulate and keeps them damp but not water logged.
We carry broccoli, red and green cabbage and kale sprouting seeds as well as some great blends and these other seeds: Alfalfa, Fenugreek, Garbanzo, Green Pea, Lentil and Wheatgrass, Spelt, Sunflower and Kamut.
Why are Sprouts and Raw Fruits and Vegetables so Important? Because they provide critical Enzymes for your body’s health. Enzymes are proteins that control the speed of chemical reactions in your body. Without enzymes, these reactions would take place too slowly to keep you alive. Enzymes are rendered inactive when you heat your food above 116 degrees F.