All foods supplied by nature is either alive or was alive. The bananas and oranges grow beautiful and plump on its mother tree and the seed, nuts and other grains mature into hearty eats for animals and humans to enjoy. Once removed from the earth or from the trees though, those foods immediately start to decay. Fruits and veggies slowly begin to decay, bananas develop spots and turn into mush while apples brown and lose their character.
Certain raw nuts, seed and other grains do something totally different when removed from its life support though, instead of decaying rapidly; they dry and go into an ametabolic state of existence. This magic trick is also done by ever popular sea monkeys (brine shrimp). It is the process by which the organism is still alive but because of a change of environment the growing process stops. Organisms that go into cryptobiosis or ametablic life can regain its prior life once re-introduced to its normal environment……….And this is where sprouting comes in.
Sprouting is the process where life is re-introduced to dormant raw beans, seeds, nuts and other grains. Germination inspires the growth of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Sprouting also eliminates certain acids and toxins that would otherwise interfere with digestion. These alive again beans/grains are healthier and easer to digest, their properties help heal internal organs, inspire detox and balances the body’s PH.
The process of sprouting is super easy. Not all sproutables sprout at the same time or look the same when they are sprouted. Most beans grow a tail when sprouted, some grains bud leaves and some nuts do nothing but grow larger. Below are a few quick guides to sprouting, visit Here for more information.
- Glass wide mouth jars
- Rubber bands
- Cheese cloth or other type of breathable meshy fabric ( I use the remains of my daughter’s mosquito net)
- Filtered water
- Raw nuts, seeds, beans or grains
- Fill glass jars with choice grain, leaving enough room for them to grow (sprouted nuts and such can be up to two times larger than their dried counterpart)
- Cover top of jar with cheese cloth and secure it with the rubber band
- Rinse beans and fill jar with filtered water
- Soak your choice sproutable for 6 to 10 hour
- Rinse beans and turn upside down in a bowl or colander where excess water can drip through
- Rinse beans several times a day to prevent drying and inspire growth
- Refer to chart below to see how many days until your sproutable is fully sprouted
- Almonds: No sprouting
- Barley: Sprout for 2 days
- Buckwheat: Sprout for 2 days
- Chickpeas: Sprout for 2-3 days
- Kamut: Sprout for 2-3 days
- Lentils: Sprout for 2-3 days
- Quinoa: Sprout for 1 day
- Rye: Sprout for 3 days
- Sesame Seeds: Sprout for 2 days
- Spelt: Sprout for 2 days
- Walnuts: No sprouting
- Wheat berries: Sprout for 2-3 days
- Brown rice: Sprout for 3-4 days