I just started sprouting, and let me tell you… I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.
I’ve been sprouting lentils, and it seriously has to be the -easiest- thing ever to do, as far as growing your own noms.
It would definitely be a cheap easy way to supplement your diet, especially for those of you who are maybe living in households that aren’t supportive of your vegan diets.
I’m not sure what it’s like in other areas, but at Kroger here you can get a back of dry lentils for about a dollar.
All you need is a bag of lentils, access to water, a mason jar, and something like cheese cloth or mesh to cover the mouth of the jar.
Cover the lentils with about twice as much water and let soak over night (8-12 hours) drain and rinse in the morning, and let them sit. Rinse and drain every 8-12 hours for at least three days, and you have awesome sprouts! I rinse and drain mine for about a week, because I like fluffy sprouts.
Use on salads, smoothies, sandwiches, etc.
For some nutritional info on lentil sprouts:
1 cup has:
1% vitamin A
21% vitamin C
CAN YA DIG IT???
I want to try sprouting chia seeds too. All those years in childhood, and I never knew Tweety-birds hair was edible and nutritious (chia pets, anyone? anyone?)
I actually went to my boyfriend’s house for three days, didn’t rinse the lentils the entire time, when I came back they were still sprouting. That’s when I knew sprouting lentils was for me hahaha
I’m glad you mentioned the potatoes and tomatoes – on that same subject, most beans (kidney, navy, etc.) are poisonous raw, including the sprouts. From what I understand, Lentils, Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans, and Adzuki beans are the best beans/legumes to stick with when sprouting.
That’s really cool. I’ve heard of sprouting and I’ve thought about doing it, but I have a hard time remembering to rinse them XD It’s unbelievable how cheap lentils are. I get a bag for, I want to say, less than a dollar, and they’re great for everything(anyone else tried the sloppy joe recipe from Veganomicon? You’ll never want to try another recipe)
In case you didn’t know, do not ever try to sprout tomatoes or potatoes. Their sprouts are part of the nightshade family and can make you seriously ill or possibly kill you.
I never knew chia seeds were edible. I would have tried to eat Tweety’s hair too(I had the same chia pet )