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I'm new to the raw food scene and I'm attempting to make Bananna bread and the wheat berry salad from Alissa's book. I noticed when I checked the sprouting chart in the book that it said there was a hard and soft kind of wheat berries. I don't know what I bought but I've sprouted them 3 days and they are all over the place. They're spouts gone wild and do appear to be growing like grass but they are not green, just yellow.
My question is are they the right kind for the recipes or did I sprout wheat grass? :confused:
06-23-2006, 05:05 PM
Any wheatberry if it goes long enough will grow grass. The darker colored ones are considered best for grass (no idea why) and then the soft light yellow/beige ones are considered best for sprouting. It sounds like you let them go to long. You can use sprouts as soon as they show a litle bit of a tail, and most sprouts taste best then. Many tend to get bitter the longer the root. You may just want to put them in a window and grow some grass out of them at this point. They may be yellowish from a lack of sun.
I bought tan colored ones. They have roots I think, are they still usable or did I sprout the little devils too long? I still get a kick out of sprouting. I love to see the little guys growing, my kids do too.
That's actually quite helpful! I think I've been sprouting my stuff too long! I made a batch of those almond butter and raisin cookies once and they tasted horrible. Perhaps my buckwheat sprouts were a little over the hill. That's a darned shame about the wheat berries, though. I shall have to start over with my sprouting. I was hoping to make the recipes today. :(
06-23-2006, 09:21 PM
Give them a taste... if you like it they are great to use. If they taste like grass then they might be too far along for the bread type recipes. They get quite sweet after a day or so - quite surprising!
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