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There is currently only one topic: COVID-19. The number of corona infections worldwide has been rising steeply during the last two weeks, and with it our concerns – both about the health of loved ones and the economic consequences of this crisis. Nobody knows how long this state of emergency will last and which drastic measures still have to be taken. So now, it is all the more important that we pay attention to consuming fresh, high-quality food. Because healthy ingredients, vitamins and Co. support and strengthen our immune system.
That is why I would like to draw your attention to home-grown sprouts today. If you are in quarantine at home or if you rarely get to the supermarket for other reasons, home-grown sprouts are a vital alternative to fruits and vegetables that you can easily grow and harvest at home. Fresh sprouts are full of vitamins and antioxidants, enzymes, minerals and trace elements as well as fiber.
Home-grown sprouts have several advantages, because:
Sprouts are fresh and delicious, packed with vital substances and with a very high nutrient density per calorie
A packet of seedlings will provide numerous portions of fresh sprouts
Growing sprouts at home is very easy
Seedlings are great for buying ahead because they can be stored in the packaging for a very long time
This is what you need for growing sprouts at home
All you need to enjoy a fresh harvest of these power packs is a container for germination, light, air and water. Okay, and a little bit of patience too. Because the germination of most sprouts will take between three to six days.
Germination vessels come in many different types and sizes. We use a seed jar from the German company Rapunzel. This special seed jar has a sieve lid with an inclined holder and thus has a clear advantage: excess water can simply drain off and the seedlings don’t get soaked in water.
A few seeds are enough for a large portion of sprouts. We usually cover roughly the bottom of the seed jar with one or two tablespoons of seed and thus get fresh sprouts for two people, which will last us about three days.
This is what you should consider when growing sprouts at home
Some kinds of seeds need to be soaked in water for a few hours to get the germination process started. During the germination phase, you should rinse the seedlings well with clear water two to three times a day. We find a seed jar with a sieve lid and angled holder particularly well suited for this because it is so wonderfully simple. However, such a seed jar is not suitable for slime-forming germination seeds such as arugula or cress.
Regular rinsing is mandatory when growing sprouts, otherwise there is a risk of mold! However, please do not confuse this with the white hairs that form on the fine roots of many sprouts and that are completely normal.
When the sprouts have germinated, you can keep them in the fridge for two to three days. And another very important point: Please only use organic seedlings that are intended for sprout growing.
With home-grown sprouts you bring fresh variety to the table
The variety of available seedlings is huge: they range from alfalfa, fenugreek and broccoli, to radishes and red clover to various sprout mixtures. You can use them to spice up bread, salads, soups, wraps and pancakes, sauces, dips or smoothies.
Have fun growing sprouts yourself! And above all: come through this Corona time well and healthy.
All the best for you, Mary
Photo credit: Mary Schmidt