How to Make Salad Sprouts: Healthy Young Sprouts

Hello gardeners! Today I want to tell you about something that is starting to be all the rage in kitchens: seed sprouts, which are also known as salad sprouts . If you have wondered how to make homemade sprouts, you have found the right article, let’s see it!

What are sprouts?

Sprouts, as the name suggests, are seeds that are just germinated. This tendency to consume sprouts dates back many centuries, since ancient times, although at that time they were consumed rather for medicinal effects. It is currently widely used in Asian countries, and it is increasingly being taken into account when cooking in Western countries.

You can get sprouts from any seed, but you have to be careful because some are toxic .

For example, in nightshades such as tomatoes, the sprouts contain toxins, so it should not be consumed. Of course, you should not consume sprouts of plants that we already know are toxic, because they have even more concentrated toxins.

Types of sprouts

The types of sprouts indicated for consumption are those that come from the following seeds:

  • Cereal sprouts : wheat, oats, quinoa, rye, millet and buckwheat. (These should not be consumed by people with celiac disease, as they contain gluten)
  • Legume sprouts : alfalfa, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans …
  • Aromatic sprouts : mustard, dill, coriander, anise or basil.
  • Vegetable sprouts  : cabbage, broccoli, radish, leek, onion, clover, cauliflower or radish.

How to make salad sprouts

There are numerous ways to sprout.

The 3 basic and essential parameters   that you must take into account to learn how to make sprouts:

  • Keep humidity constant
  • That the temperature is around 25 ºC
  • Dark  or semi-dark, the seeds should be in a place with very little light.

Containers for germination

Taking these parameters into account, the seeds can be germinated in a multitude of places. Here we show you some options:

In a glass jar : this is the most common. The seeds can be washed with water or left in water for a few hours (especially legumes). They drain well and are stored in the boat, at the base you can put a cloth to breathe.

The perspiration is quite important because they need to renew the air above all to prevent fungi appear .

It is then left in a place where the temperature is close to 25ºC and where there is hardly any light. Every day you have to take them out and rinse them and put them back in the jar. Thus, for about 5-8 days, it depends on the type of seed and the size that we want to germinate.

The container can be tilted slightly so that the excess water is to one side. To finish the process, once they are of the desired size, they are introduced into water and the floating shells are removed. These can be consumed, but some people may find them unpleasant on the palate.

This process can be done in other containers, such as hemp or linen bags, or
seedbeds .

In any case, the aforementioned parameters must be taken into account and the steps described for germination in a jar must be followed.

Another option is to do it on substrate, but it is not really interesting to do it this way because the shoots end up getting dirty and it does not provide any advantage.

The only problems that can appear is that many seeds abort and therefore do not germinate. The other is that during germination you have to be very careful that fungi do not appear , due to the high humidity that must be maintained for this process.

Health Benefits of Seed Sprouts

  • They are very nutritious .
  • They contain a very high concentration of enzymes  that are involved in many processes in our body, so they help neutralize toxins, increase our energy and have high benefits for cell regeneration.
  • They contribute to the maintenance of the intestinal flora.
  • They have very positive effects on the liver, influencing its proper functioning.
  • They are a great source of vitamin C .

The advantages of making the sprouts yourself , is that you will save in the shopping cart, since at the moment they sell them at a slightly high price, it is  much cheaper to buy the seeds and make homemade sprouts. 

On the other hand, great means are not necessary to make them germinate and they also do it quite quickly in general.

Another advantage is that they are always consumed fresh , so they keep all their properties and we know that they are not contaminated with any type of phytosanitary. They are also very decorative on the plate.

Recipes with sprouts

There are many recipes in which to use these sprouts , as well as salads, sandwiches, stews, etc. The flavor they have is the same as that of the vegetable to which that seed belongs, even personally I would dare to say that it is even more intense than that of the adult vegetable itself.

I encourage you to try them and make them yourself, since making sprouts is very simple and fast and it also makes the dishes very happy. For any questions you have during the germination process, do not hesitate to leave it in the comments. Regards and until next time!

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