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12-06-2010, 03:48 PM
Hi! Poured out 2T of basil seeds and soaked them. A few hours later I went to check on them and they had formed a gelatinous goo (like chia seeds). Can someone please let me know how to sprout basil seeds? I assumed they would sprout like alfalfa or broccoli etc. But I was wrong! :) Thanks for your help!
12-17-2010, 05:41 PM
I've never tried to sprout basil ... so I did a little search on it. The Sprout People didn't have any info, but I found this site backyardgardener.com. Apparently you have to use paper towels and not the regular sprout method.
I love basil - I add the leaves to lots of recipes. But I have full grown plants. Sounds like the sprouts would be a great thing!
Sprouting Seeds : Basil
NOT SUITABLE FOR USE IN SEED SPROUTER
Delicious aniseed flavour and fragrance (http://www.backyardgardener.com/seeds/product08/669.html) to add to salads. Easy to sprout in a warm place. An airing cupboard is ideal if white sprouts are required, or in the kitchen, out of direct sunlight, for green (http://www.backyardgardener.com/seeds/product08/669.html) sprouts. This will give two slightly different tastes and textures.
any time of the year.
Place 4 layers of kitchen (http://www.backyardgardener.com/seeds/product08/669.html) paper on a saucer and wet it allowing any excess water to drain away. Sprinkle the seed thinly over the paper and place the whole container inside a polythene bag and seal. Put in a warm, dark place and check regularly.
When seedlings (http://www.backyardgardener.com/seeds/product08/669.html) are about 1cm (1/2 inch) high, bring into the light, a windowsill is ideal. Your sprouting seed basil will be ready in 3-6 days.
Use raw to add flavours and textures to salads and sandwiches, or blanch in boiling water to add to other vegetables (http://www.backyardgardener.com/seeds/product08/669.html) in stews, soups, casseroles and curries. Also delicious added to stir fries.
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