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03-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Okay...I'm ready to begin sprouting seeds at home. I've read all about trays, and bags, and jars. I feel confident enought to begin. However I'm clueless about WHICH spouts are used for what? I didn't realize until I went to by seeds that there are so many that I didn't know what to buy.
They must all certainly have different flavors and be used widely in certain dishes or certain types of dishes, I.e. Do radish spouts taste like radishes, etc? I thought this info would be easy to find on the WWW, but I'm hitting a brick wall.
Can anyone help? I'd love info, love links.
Here is a GREAT and very detailed article (http://uncooking101.com/site/article/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-sprouting/) with pictures and details on how to sprout.
You will also find sproutpeople.org (http://sproutpeople.org) to be a TRULY amazing resource for sprouting information. It is my favorite, hands down, and the place I look anytime I don't have the info I need for sprouting or sprouts. It's also a good place to buy sprouts; although pricey, they are always super fresh and almost always organic. :)
03-13-2011, 02:05 PM
Okay by no means am I a sprouts pro,but have tasted enough of them to know its a personal taste thing.When I started out it was suggested I get the mix variety.(wrong)..Think that was a bad idea,I went back and bought alfalfa & clover plain.Was sooo good.I do like the clover/alfalfa/radish mix at store but havent tried it at home.Perhaps I would like other mixes as well,but untill you get familiar with things,might be good to experiment with one at a time to see what you will like.
Def. a big taste in freshness an alive-ness between store an home grown.IMO radish sprouts dont have the sharpness of a radish.
(tons of info)
I have bought seeds from them(tastey)
(also good info)
Have Fun & Good Lucks :eat
Maybe start with lentils, mung beans, alfalfa or fenugreek. They are great sprouts to get started with: they grow quickly and keep well.
Lady Green Jeans
03-13-2011, 02:52 PM
My favorite was always alfalfa but now I flip flop between them and clover sprouts. I sometimes get unlazy and sprout sunflower or pea sprouts (both of these are sprouted in small flats of dirt). I usually only sprout lentils when a recipe calls for them. Agree that home sprouted are far superior to store bought but sometimes you just need immediately for a recipe. For my home grown I put on paper towels and store in a loosely closed plastsic bag in the fridge. They seem to keep a lot nicer a lot longer for me that way.
Have lots of fun sprouting!
03-13-2011, 06:14 PM
Thank you for all the great information. I went back to the SproutPeople website and looked closer at the specific seed information. Realized this is exactly the info I was looking for.
I went to their Seeds/Most Popular link and read and copied much of the information. I think I know have a really good place to start.
Walmart had been selling a blend of pea/lentil spouts. I used to love to buy them to just snack from the container. Sometimes they would make me sick. I can see now that I probably let them sit in the refrigerator too long.
THANKS FOR THE HELP!
03-13-2011, 08:03 PM
Don't forget Broccoli sprouts. They are super nutritious and yummy in a sandwich/wrap with other leafy greens. They grow well combined with alfalfa too.
I also process a spread of soaked almonds, dried cranberries and dates that makes my wraps a real treat!
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