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Some people may doubt about sprouts planting, by thinking there are small and too litte crops. However there are number of reasons to grow sprouts at home. 

 

WHAT ARE SPROUTS:

According to ISGA (International Sprout Growers Association), a sprout is produced when a seed starts growing into a vegetable. However, only some seeds/varieties form sprouts that are edible and come with delicate tastes. There are many online resources about sprouts, these generally tell us that most of the edible sprouts such as Alfalfa, Broccoli, Mung Beans and Radish, are excellent sources of antioxidants, essential amino acids, and a handful of nourishing vitamins and minerals. People from all over the world are growing and using more and more sprouts for human consumptions. 

Most of us had chances in school from early ages guided by teachers to put seeds in wet cotton and see them germinated. This is part of the sprouting process. Most sprouting seeds end their journey in 3 to 7 days, this is the time to harvest. The best and most popular seeds for sprouting include Alfalfa, Broccoli, Beet, Mung Bean, Radish, etc. 


WHY SPROUTS:

No matter you are a beginner or professional in home gardening, growing sprouts is fun. Below shows some benefits in growing sprouts:

 

 

If you have kids at home, start plant from sprouts can be a well begun to make a habit. They will love it!


NUTRITIONS:

Sprouts are good source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fibre etc, also Sprouts are low fat, high fibre and have no cholesterol. Below shows the nutritional values of selected sprouts:

 

We would suggest sprouts are produce with well-balanced nutritions, and are good sources of protein. Undoubtedly, they do not provide you as much proteins as meats do but when we look at below figures, apparently, nutritions from sprouts are more balanced. Moreover the cooking process of meat would create extra fats and some other unwanted materials that don't appear good for our body. Professionals suggest to eat less meats but more fresh produce including sprouts for a more healthy diet.  

 

 

HOW TO GROW SPROUTS:

It's not difficult to grow sprouts of most varities. Generally, the seeds are needed to soak for 6 to 8 hours, rinse and drain, spread evenly in a sprouting container, rinse and drain 2 to 3 times per day for 2 to 3 days. After that, rinse and drain once per day until harvest. When sprouts have reached the desired size, expose them to light for a few hours to colour them up. Please visit our product pages for advice on particular variety.

 

WHAT TO DO WITH SPROUTS:

Eat them, acquire the most nutritions provided by the delicious sprouts.

Decorate them on the dishes and dinner table. Be creative and artistic. This can increase everyone's appetite.

Shoot them every few hours to get pictures or a video to show the growth. This is fun for the kids.

 

Last but not least, advised by the USDA, please be reminded to wash and rinse the sprouts thoroughly with filtered water before eating. There are incidents in the past that contaminations were reported, e.g. with Escherichia coli. This could be because sprotus are normally grown in warm and humid environment where harmful bacteria could thrive. Growing conditions could be varied so for safety precaution, wash and rinse the harvested sprouts thoroughly before eating, fully cook them is another option. Wrap them with a paper towel in an air-tight container in refrigerator if you're not going to use them immediately.  

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