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I often hear about centrifuged carrots and exotic fruit to have a sprint of vitamins, mineral salts and other important elements for the body but almost never talk about shoots. Because? Why is it too easy to have them fresh every day? Why perhaps spending tens of euros for unlikely fruit that comes from thousands of kilometers away is more chic !?
Well, we who never care .... once we meet who gives them up! Renounce grow and eat the sprouts it's crazy, for multiple reasons:
1) it's easy
2) it's fast
3) it's cheap
4) it's fun
5) ... and last but not least ... they are very good and
6) they do very well !!!
But let's start from the beginning of the story: Why on earth should you eat sprouts? And especially sprouts of what?
Benefits of sprouts
Starting from the beginning it is enough to say that the sow is already a small individual ... in fact when it finds the optimal conditions of humidity and temperature it is activated by germinating and producing precisely the Bud.
Inside the seed there are metabolic enzymes and nutrients. Once germinated, the resulting embryonic shoot is composed of leaflets and embryonic root.
Thanks to the activated enzymes, the nutrients inside the seed are "pre-digested" in the sense that they are split into the different amino acids that compose them and the lipids into glycerol and fatty acids are therefore readily available.
The seeds and sprouts have a very high energy content, a large amount of carbohydrates that are transformed into simple sugars that can be assimilated very quickly and are very low in fats, which are used precisely for germination. The Vitamins they increase up to double compared to the seed and up to triple compared to the adult plant. The mineral salts and the various trace elements contained in the seed become more easily assimilated in the sprout as they are chelated with the amino acids thus increasing the amount of amino acids present and also many varieties of sprouts contain anti-carcinogenic substances not present in the seed.
So, as I told you, they do very, very well!
What seeds to sprout
Now, however, after the theory we pass to the practice that is which seeds to sprout: first of all there is an excellent and complete manual that is "The garden of sprouts" di Grazia Cacciola ed.FAG but realize that there are many seeds suitable for make edible sprouts and among all these, however, only some will drive you crazy and others you may not like, try them all mixing them together and then decide ... obviously the best way to eat them is raw but given the goodness of some like those of soia only (green soy so to speak!) passed in a pan maybe from time to time an exception to the rule you might as well do….
How to grow sprouts
What do you need?
Organic seeds, a glass container with a lid, a sprouting plant (there are also those who made it themselves… but the choice is yours!
The first thing you need to do is take the chosen seeds and soak them overnight in water (that's what you need the glass container with lid for!), the next day you are ready to sprout your seeds!
You can use alf-alpha seeds (alfalfa), red cabbage seeds, broccoli cabbage seeds, leek seeds, seeds of radish, seeds of Daikon radish, seeds of red chard, seeds of fennel, pea seeds, watercress seeds, clover seeds, lentils, mung soybeans ...
Whichever seed you choose, remember that at the base of everything there must be rinsing: rinse them and arrange the seeds in the drawers that make up the sprouting; mine has 2 small drawers so I can sprout 2 different qualities of seeds at the same time
... mine is this:
then close your new friend correctly and "water ”the seeds as if it were a small Zen garden; remember you must rinse your future shoots 2/3 times a day in such a way as to always keep them well wet but above all free of mold & Co and to do so remember not only to wet them evening and morning but also to rinse them constantly and if you do not forget them in 3/4 days depending on the variety you are sprouting , they will be ready to eat !!!
Below the explanation "for dummies":) Doubts, perplexities? just ask! :)
Kia - Carmela Giambrone
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