Are they intended for use as sprouted food for human consumption?
youve created a monster Mr.Raw :eat
Sea vegies can't be sprouted. Just try purchasing stuff like kelp powder or dulse. Those types of food have over 70 minerals in them (all the minerals), lots of calcium in kelp and B12 for dulse. Definitely worthwhile and very very important foods for man kind.Quote:
you said try sea vegetables.
Soak for 8 hours and sprout for 2 - 3 days. lt will be similar to quinoa.Quote:
Now, I have been sprouting millet. Any specific instructions for that?
So far, its been quinoa, alfalfa and lentils that have been successful. What more can I do?
Wheat or Barley (if it suits your body)
Clover (never done it myself...can't get it)
Broccoli sprouts (never done that either...can't get it)
Sunflower seeds with hulls off (tricky and delicate, so wait until you become good at everything else)
A really really good one is to grow sunflower seeds (hulls still on) on a tray of soil.
Quinoa sprouts were ready again in less then 2 days! I am worried about the millet though. It doesnt seem to be sprouting much. Any thoughts on that? How many days does it need? Can you also tell me about sprouting Raw Pumpkin Seeds? Any special requirements there? What about other raw nuts?
l've generally avoided pumpkin seeds because they are very high in phosphorous and can draw calcium from the body, so be careful and only eat them sparingly on occasions. From what l can gather, almond and pumpkin seeds are called "soaks" because they are unusual in that they actually don't grow a tail (hook), all they do is swell up.
The main problem with nuts is that they are hard to get truely raw, especially almonds (almost impossible to get unless you go directly to a farm or know someone how has a tree in their back yard).
Lots of other nuts do grow `hooks'. l am trying to sprout walnuts (super nutrition and brilliant for the brain) in their shell and chestnuts in their shells at the moment. lt's been 5 days, and so far there are no signs of any `hooks' coming out. l tried cutting afew open for examination and discovered that they are barely even moist inside, this tells me that they need a really long soak time (could even take weeks of soaking before they sprout). l'll report back on the results of my nut sprouting when l am successful. But the nuts will sprout tails.
Good news is that l have also discovered organic sources for broccoli sprouts (very important....lots of calcium and yet another valuable green to add to my juices and smoothies). But perhaps the best news all year is that i've bought a sample pack of organic sesame seeds that apparently will sprout (l am very very excited and l have a mate who is even more excited than l am about it...he even wants to drive me to the supplier when l eventually pick up the 5kg sack of seeds); they are from Mexico but are NOT irradiated because sesame seeds don't harbour parisites and other nasties that need special treatment by customs. Apparently chia seeds brought in from abroad don't need radiation treatment either.
l talked a fellow into letting me use his industrial storage to keep my nuts for a few months until l find a long term solution, so at least l will be able to store my nuts safely.
Lots of exciting things happening now. Lots of money has been spent, but i've got lots of supplies in bulk and are well set with pretty much everything for quite a long time.
My sprouted seed collection
* green peas
* sunflower (very important for vitamin D and an excellent nutritious green)
* broccoli (coming soon)
* fenugreek (coming soon)
l'll try locating mustard and radish later down the track. Clover sprouts would be very good too (another valuable green to add).
l'm very proud of my collection.
That sounds good.
At the moment I have
I am hoping to get some wheat berries this weekend.
Then I have various green which I am growing on the garden.
Something was definitely not right with the millet. I tossed it out. I am now a master at quinoa and lentils though! I dont have a collection like yours and Georgina's but I'm very excited! :woot:
I am very curious about the nuts. (keep me updated on your sprouting process) I went to a health food store yesterday and saw a lot of nuts and many of them marked raw. Yet I keep reading on here that its very difficult to find raw nuts. Then I looked at the pumpkin seeds. They had 3 or 4 varieties. 1 of them was toasted and the rest said raw. One said organic, the other natural and the other just raw pumpkin seeds. I was confused so I examined further. When I looked at the ingredients only 1 of them said raw pumpkin seeds and the other 2 said toasted pumpkin seeds! Why are they labeled raw if they arent? That I dont understand.
Thank you so much Mr Raw..the info in this thread is so awesome thank you again
Another grain all the big guns are sprouting is amaranth. l can't get local amaranth here so i've never been able to sprout it. But it is a very small seed and one of the greatest foods like quinoa. l would try soaking it for 2 - 3 hours and sprout it for 2 days (maybe less) and see what happens.
l've taken the shells off some of my chestnuts to speed up the sprouting process. Hopefully i'll see some `hooks' soon. :excited:
Our local raw food store makes the distinction by labeling truly raw foods as 'Really Raw' so there's no confusion there. And the price is WAY higher.
Mr Raw - how is it you spend 90 minutes a day on sprouting tasks? I have about 8 'easysprout' containers and grow and eat tonnes of sprouts but it would take all of 5 minutes a day to rinse them all 3 times.
l want an automatic sprouter (they do exist), but the problem is that l would need many of them and they all need to be hooked up to water taps and need to be power operated. There are solutions to cutting down my time, but all the solutions are expensive.
l will try easy sprout containers again and see what happens. Thanks. l would need ALOT.
amaranth can be used as baby greens as well, and they are striking ornamentals.....
All you need do is get a hold of a few seeds - perhaps try a seed catalog rather than a sprouting source......and let it go to seed..
look at all those seeds!
Then just save a few for next years production, and sprout the rest....
do you have any garden space?