Sprouting Seeds – Yummy

You don’t need us to tell you that fresh vegetables are highly recommended. But it isn’t that easy to be sure just how fresh your vegetables are. Here’s a neat way of providing fresh vegetables, grown in a few days on your kitchen workstop!

Children will love to watch these seeds grow and will even be more enthusiastic about eating them. Choose from beansprouts (mung beans) or alfalfa or mustard and cress.

mung beansBeansprouts and alfalfa can be grown in a jam jar. Try a teaspoonful to start with until you get an idea of the quantity required. For beansprouts, allow them to soak for a couple of days, rinsing once a day, until you see the green covering slipping off as they begin to germinate. After that, rinse the seeds daily (or more often if necessary) straining them through your fingers or a seive. You could also keep the jam jar lid and make holes in it.

In less than a week, you’ll have delicious crispy sprouts to munch on, either raw on their own or in salads or cooked in a stir fry.

Follow the same instructions for alfalfa but these will germinate more quickly.

mustard and cressMustard and cress can be grown on kitchen roll or cotton wool or any kind of material that will hold water. Place a generous layer in a tray, (but watch out if it is has holes in it). Cress grows a little more quickly so if you want to eat them together, sow the cress a day or two before the mustard.

mustard-cressIt’s vital to keep the cotton wool wet but the seeds shouldn’t be swimming. Be careful they don’t dry out. But if they do, it is so quick and easy that you can just start again. Sow small quantities at least once a week to keep a nice succession going. Cress on its own is delicious and, like all sprouting seeds, they are sweeter the younger you eat them. With mustard, the mixture has quite a kick! Use it in salads or egg sandwiches.
In both cases, you can even grow them while you’re on holiday camping or caravanning.

About Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.
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2 Responses to Sprouting Seeds – Yummy

  1. Suse Coon says:

    I can’t say for sure – it never occurred to me to weigh them – but maybe it takes around 3 hours for the outer coating to dissolve.

  2. rex says:

    I’m very confused why in between 3 to 4 hours the beans absorbed a lot of water, for example in my expirement in 3 hours of soaking in water then i weighed,it has 25 grams then in 4 hours it was 45 grams..why? can i have your idea please…thanks…

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