Alfalfa sprouts are a wonderful raw food that you can grow from organic seeds in your very own home for pennies!
We all have had alfalfa sprouts on a sandwich or in a salad. But did you know that these small green wonders are packed with nutrition and are alkalizing in your body? The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
inside a seed explode when sprouted. During this process, the stored starch and protein in the seed are turned into predigested protein and subtle vegetable sugars. They are in a form that is easily digested and alkalizing to the body. The cancer fighting phytochemicals appear shortly after sprouting begins. Some people actually think a person could live on these sprouts and have no serious health defects because they are virtually one of natures superfoods.
Sprouts are so easy to grow at home
These wonderful raw food wonders are easy to grow at home on your kitchen counter. To grow sprouts, start off with organic alfalfa seeds. They can be stored for up to 10 years unopened. After opening, if you keep them dry and cool, you can store for about 2 years. To begin, consider also purchasing a sprouting kit or sprouting tray. These devices make it much easier and safer to grow sprouts. They are easier because all you need to do is water them twice a day and they will take care of themselves. They are healthier because they allow the seeds to drain properly so no mold or fungus can grow on the seeds.
Once you have the seeds, soak about 2 tablespoons in clean purified water for 6 to 8 hours. Next, transfer them to your sprouting kit. Place the kit in a dark warm cupboard. If you have one above the refrigerator or stove, that works best. It is important to keep them dark as the alfalfa seeds sprout and begin growing. Twice a day, rinse them again in fresh clean water and let the tray drain properly. In 4 to 7 days, they should be about 2 inches long and are ready. Consider exposing them to light for the final day to let them green a bit. To harvest your sprouts, wash them in a vegetable spinner a few times to remove the seeds. Store them as dry as possible in a sealed plastic bag in your refrigerator. They will last about a week.
Add sprouts to salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, steamed dishes and casseroles. You can also just eat them plain for a quick snack with other sprouts like bean or radish. Enjoy your sprouts.