Sprouts are a healthy way to add protein and vitamin C to your diet. Sprouts can grow from the seeds of vegetables, grains, legumes, buckwheat, and beans. A sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. They are by nature extremely fresh, and a healthy addition to your diet.
You can easily make your own sprouts at home. Sprouting kits and seeds are available online and at some health food and grocery stores. Amazon offers a multi-tiered seed sprouter for $9.95. Buy certified organic seeds, grains, legumes or beans intended for sprouting or eating (not seeds intended for planting purposes), and keep them in the refrigerator prior to sprouting. Seeds, beans, legumes and grains that can be used for sprouting include alfalfa, cabbage, clover, mustard, radish, sesame, sunflower, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, green peas, rye and wheat and triticale. Experiment with different variatals, and see what works best for you and what you like the most.
Sprouts are fresh when their roots are moist and white, and the sprout is crisp. Harvest sprouts within four to eight days.
To eat, sprinkle sprouts over salad or in a sandwich for extra crunch, toss them into a stir fry, or add them to an omelet.