View Full Version : wheat & bean sprouting?
11-10-2005, 02:43 PM
I have been trying to figure out where to find the type of wheats & beans that are for sprouting. In whole foods they have a long isle of wheat, & beans. I just do not know if they are sproutable? Where can someone buy this stuff? Are the products at whole foods the kind that are sproutable? On the label it says to soak in water and or cook. I know that many use them for soups & cooking items, but can they be spouted? Has anyone used the ones at whole foods. The ones in the containers that you lift up the thing & it comes out, like when you buy whole coffee beans? I was also wondering. I notice they have black beans there. would a person be able to sprout black beans & make kinda like a mock refried black beans? I miss black beans sooo bad. Why is it not ok to soak say garbanzo beans or black beans & just eat them?
Thanks for the reply!
11-11-2005, 12:18 PM
I find the best beans for sprouting are mung beans and adzuki beans. I'm talking sprouting them until they look like bean sprouts. In fact the mung beans are what we're accustomed to seeing as bean sprouts in chinese food, etc.
Beans are hard to digest when you just sprout them a little. Some recommendations if you're going to sprout garbanzos I've read is to either chop up and rinse well or actually blanch briefly after sprouting. I wasn't crazy about sprouted garbanzos when I did them for a hummus. Never tried black bean, but in general for me dried beans are not a huge part of my raw food because they're hard to digest, and many really don't taste that great in a raw or sprouted version.
I like growing pea shoots on soil though!
on the mock refried beans, you'll probably get better results starting with a base other than sprouted black beans - I think the refried beans in "raw food real world" are based on sunflower seeds, sundried tomatoes and a little miso, then a whole bunch of spices..
11-17-2005, 08:11 PM
Sprouted quinoa is good as a substitute for bulgur in Tabouli. Sprouted barley is good as a filler in raw soup. Hard red winter wheat is what I use for growing wheat grass for juicing. You can sprout sunflower seeds and they make yummy additions to salads. They can be hulled or in shell. I let them frow to about 3-4" high. You can sprout garbanzos for hummus, but they get bitter if tails are longer than about 1/4". Lentils are good in salads or raw soups. Also, many different kinds of micro seeds (broccoli, radish, fenugreek, mizuna, etc.) are available for purchase through www.sproutpeople.com. They are easily grown on a piece of thin, fabric batting.
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