Maybe sprouts haven’t been a part of your diet up to now because you perceived them as something unusual and extraordinary, but it is a common knowledge precisely sprouts are the treasury of ingredients beneficial for human health. An amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibre and proteins is far greater than in any other “ordinary” food. We all strive for a youthful appearance, and valuable ingredients from sprouts are related to the slow ageing process. Moreover, sprouts are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. They are available in almost any store, but you can also easily grow it yourself at home. The most frequent ones are different types of grains, legumes and vegetables you can grow like wheat, lentil, corn, rye, alfalfa, azuki beans, but also the pumpkin seeds, horseradish seeds, mustard seeds, pea seeds and chicory and fennel seeds. Make sure you buy the seeds of organic growth because you surely want to avoid bringing into your organism certain harmful additives, pesticides or other chemicals bad for your health. When you procure seeds, examine them thoroughly before planting and remove all seeds which were damaged in some way or might have changed their colour. Take some container where you’ll plant these seeds, a jar would do best, and my recommendation is to plant each type of seed separately.
As far as the amount goes, one teaspoon of seeds should do enough since they will also absorb some water and swell after having been soaked for some time. Afterwards, put some water in the planting container, enough to cover all the seeds and finally cover the container (jar) with a gauze that you should tighten with a rubber tie. A majority of sprouts, depending on the type, will germinate in a few days. Once they do, they are ready for harvesting, so transfer them to a dish where you previously put some cold water and mix until pod and membrane is not separated from the seed.
Even though all sprouts are very nutritious, I personally prefer wheat sprouts since they stimulate metabolism and reduce stress. When you prepare your meals, add sprouts at the very end of cooking in order to preserve their nutritive value that would otherwise be destroyed in cooking.
Translation: G. Dujmović