What kind of sprouting seeds should you buy to make antioxidant rich sprouts from organic seeds?
Did you know that there are hundreds of sprouting seeds available that you can grow at home? No matter where you live, most supermarkets carry alfalfa and possibly bean sprouts. This is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sprouting. These antioxidant rich foods can be grown from many different families of organic seeds.
There are 8 main families of sprouting seeds available.
The first family is the leafy sprouts. These are grown from small seeds to the leafy stage. They include alfalfa, clover, and radish. The next family refers to bean seeds. They include mung bean, chick pea, lentils and peas. With the exception of mung beans, they are not usually grown to the leaf stage. Next is the brassica family. They are loaded with antioxidants, the king of which is the broccoli sprout
. This family also contains arugula and cress. The fourth category contains the grains. They are usually sprouted for only a couple of days and include wheat, spelt, buckwheat, rye and kamut. Next are the greens. They include sunflower and pea shoots. They are sprouted and then grown in soil for up to 2 weeks. The sixth category is nuts and seeds. They include almond, pumpkin and peanut. The last family is the allium group of which onion, garlic and leeks are members.
All these different families of seeds have special ways in which they are grown and harvested. Obviously, the best place to start experimenting is with an organic seed supplier. There are many sources online and if you live in a large enough city, you should be able to find them locally too. Most sprouting seed can last years if properly stored too. So, you now have to just get started and grow some little antioxidant sprouts in your home.