What you will find in this section
Consider this your beginner’s guide – the low-down on why EVERYONE should add sprouts and wheatgrass to their everyday diet – and some video demos to show you how to get growing.
Choose from a selection of organic sprout seeds, organic wheatgrass seeds, and basic sprouting equipment.
Each sprout variety featured includes nutritional information and benefits, as well as how to get the most out of them in your diet.
What are sprouts?
First, let me clear up a common misconception: we’re NOT talking Brussel Sprouts here, but rather the initial first-life stage of practically any edible plant seed.
They may be small, but they are KEY to any healthy diet, no more so than for vegans. So many vegans do not eat them and are resultantly left deficient in many essential vitamins, proteins and enzymes. And surprisingly, some of them – such as sunflower and pea shoots are a great source of carbohydrate.
With more than 800 varieties, you can never get bored, although sunflower, pea shoots, buckwheat and wheatgrass are the most nutrient-dense of all. At Hippocrates, you are advised to fill at least 50% of your plate at every meal with a combination of those on offer from the buffet.
If you think about how much power has to be in a seed for it ultimately to germinate and grow into a plant (huge sunflower from a tiny seed, anyone?), you just know that sprouts are going to pack a heavyweight nutritional punch.
Alongside sea vegetables, sprouts are the most nutritious foods on the planet and are high-frequency, high-vibration, living foods, packed with enzymes.
They’re also a ridiculously easy way to up the “raw” intake in your diet.
Although there are a few different ways to grow them, depending on the variety concerned, all sprouting starts with soaking the seed or grain first. Why?
To remove the enzyme inhibitors which coat the seed shell. This is a natural defence mechanism of any seed, keeping all its goodness safe inside until the conditions are right for the plant to grow and thrive.
But don’t think for one minute that this concept came from nowhere. The sprouting process is EXACTLY the same principle which birds use to glean the goodness from the seeds they eat. Without it, they would get no nutritional benefit from their food.
When a bird swallows a seed, it travels down the throat into a kind of holding bay before the stomach. This area is known as a crop. The seeds sit here for a few days in an ambient, moist environment, pretty much like the one you will mimic when you come to sprout your own at home.
This environment breaks down the enzyme inhibitors and eventually, the seeds begin to sprout in the bird’s crop. Only then does the contents of the crop progress to the stomach, where all of the goodness is eventually absorbed by the bird.
Isn’t nature brilliant?!?
How are they different to organic vegetables?
We’re talking a SERIOUSLY-SKY-HIGH concentration of goodness and enzyme power here; for each fully-grown vegetable that the sprout version represents (think broccoli sprouts versus broccoli), they contain up to 50 times more nutrients than their mainstream versions, as well as that of organic raw food generally.
Why isn’t everybody eating them?
That’s a very good question, and one which I can only put down to two things: so many people don’t even know they exist. And secondly, among those who have heard of them, they tend to be categorised as “one of those weird things that vegans eat”.
True, a lot of us do. But there is so much goodness in these things that everyone who eats them will benefit. A constant supply of cheap, organic goodness is within your grasp, whether you live in a rambling detached property in the country, or a city centre studio flat!
Given the mineral-depleted soils in which most of our vegetables are now grown, sprouting has never been so important or relevant. How else can you know EXACTLY what has gone into your food before you take that first bite?
Sprouts are also the leading example of how it is EASY to get all the protein you need from plant sources. In fact, because they break down on digestion so easily (some even dissolve in the mouth), it is infinitely easier for the body to assimilate protein from these fellas than it is from a hunk of meat.
From this, sprouts are an excellent way to reduce your intake of animal proteins, bit by bit.
FACT: When it comes to goodness and high-vibrational foods, NOTHING else comes close.
You simply cannot get enough of these nutritional micro-miracles.
How do you grow them?
Herein lies another conundrum: these things are so quick, simple and cheap to grow – and all within the comfort of your own home – that it beggars belief why more people aren’t cottoning on and saving themselves a heap off their weekly grocery bill in the process.
Apart from sunflower, buckwheat, pea shoots and wheatgrass, the majority of sprouts can either be grown in an Easy Sprout, or some form of bag – such as a nut milk bag. No compost required – just filtered water and a good teabag-dunking technique!
The general procedure is this: soak the seeds in plenty of water, preferably overnight, then drain and place in your chosen container. Leave on a window sill or hanging from a hook over your draining board, and simply dunk in fresh water twice a day.
Depending on the sprouts you are growing, most will be ready in 2-5 days – and if you use the Easy Sprout, you can halve that time! For the larger greens and wheatgrass, you will need to grow them in a little organic vegan compost in trays. A slightly more involved process, but the video links below should have you started in no time:
Watch these easy-to-follow links to show you how!
- How to use the Easy Sprout – beans, legumes and microgreens (watch)
- Pea shoots & buckwheat lettuce with compost, in growing trays (watch)
- Sunflower greens with compost, in growing trays (watch)
- Wheatgrass with compost, in growing trays (watch)