We tried to sprout 35-year-old wheat last week, which you may know was a bust. It had a few sprouts growing but did not look like they would taste good. So we decide to try some fresh alfalfa seeds. What a difference they were, it’s amazing what a difference fresh seeds make. Our next batch will be mung beans.
Alfalfa is really a member of the pea family, making it a legume. Alfalfa sprouts are the only plant that supplies all the necessary vitamins, from vitamins A, B complex (even B12), C, E, to K.
If you place Alfalfa sprouts in light for a few days before harvesting, it even produces nutritious blood healing chlorophyll. Placing them in direct sunlight may cause them to dry up and wither away. We just sprouted them inside on the counter with indirect light from the windows.
In addition to vitamins sprout contains valuable nutrients such as Calcium, Folic acid, magnesium, manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, potassium, Silicon, sodium and zinc.
Alfalfa sprout have health benefits, they are rich in anti-oxidants and good for arthritis, high blood pressure and as an immune system booster.
You can use a mason jar and some cheesecloth to sprout seeds. Thoroughly wash 1/4 cup of seeds. Place the seeds in a dish or jar and cover with water. Let them sit overnight in a cool place, then drain and rinse the seeds.
Place the seeds in a clean mason jar and cover the top with two layers of cheesecloth. Fasten the cheesecloth on the jar with a screw top canning jar lid ring. Lay the jar on its side in a warm dark place (68 degrees-75 degrees F). Each day, rinse the sprouts by pouring lukewarm water into the jar. Shake the jar wetting all the seeds, then drain off the water. The seeds should sprout in three or four days, Once the seeds have sprouted, keep refrigerated till served.
If you don’t sprout your own and buy yours at the store, be sure that they are crisp, clean, moist and not yellowing. You can refrigerate them for up to 4 days, but if they don’t look fresh don’t eat them.
If you have to live on a limited menu in an emergency, having sprouts can add vitamins and nutrition to your diet, especially vitamin C, which can prevent scurvy.