I’m Going Sprout: Part 1

I’m impatient. This year I am impatient for spring, but I am impatient generally. The down side of gardening is, however, that few things happen quickly. Sprouting seeds takes just a few days, and sprouts are a delicious addition to any DIYet.

I decided on moth beans, since I already had them on hand. You can sprout any bean you’d like. Lentils are good, and so are mung beans. You can also sprout alfalfa, onion, or broccoli seeds. Just make sure they are meant for sprouting. Seeds meant for planting are often treated with anti-fungal agents so they do not rot before they grow. These agents are not good to eat.

So far, I am at step 1: soaking. This softens up the hull and gets the bean or seed ready to grow. Here are my seeds 18 hours into their 24 hour soak. Note the dry beans for comparison.

Dry on the left soaked on the right. Incidentally, how awesome are Mason jars?

Dry on the left, soaked on the right. Incidentally, how awesome are Mason jars?

I’ll keep you all updated on the process. The internet (which never lies) tells me this will take less than a week. We’ll see…

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