Sprouts represent the most vibrant life a plant has to offer. When a seed is sprouting the vitamin and enzyme content is greatly increased. Sprouts help to ease stagnant Liver Qi and are cooling in nature (which can be counteracted through cooking the sprouts). Therefore, sprouts can be eaten more in the spring and summer.
How to Sprout:
- Cover the seeds completely with water in a wide mouth jar - one part seed to a least 3 parts water.
- Cover the jar with cheesecloth secured by a rubber band.
- Soak seeds for specified time below
- After the soaking time drain and keep seeds in a warm environment.
- Rinse twice a day except soy which needs to be rinsed 4 times a day. Keep jars tilted downward so that they can drain completely
- Continue to rinse until sprouts are ready. If sprouting alfalfa - after 3 days place in a cool place with indirect sunlight. Alfalfa hulls need to be removed as they start to slough off.
- Remove all loose hulls off other sprouts to prevent easy rotting.
General guidelines below:
Seed Soak Time Days
1/2 cup lentils 8 hours 3 days
1 cup aduki, garbanzo, soy, legumes, grains 12 hours 3-5 days
1/2 cup mung beans 8 hours 3-5 days
2 tablespoons alfalfa 6 hours 5-6 days
2 cups sunflower seeds 12 hours 2 days