Everything about Sprouts
Shoots are young green plants that sprout from seeds of almost every living vegetation, these include nuts,seeds,grains,beans ,pulses and various species of grasses such as barley and wheatgrass.
Germinating beans ,seeds or wheatgrass at home is made easy with Freshlife and Easygreen germination systems.
Germination, this is a process where a seed after being soaked gives rise to an edible plant which is fuelled by the food energy in the seeds. During the germination water is absorbed and swells the seed and during growth large quantities of enzymes are released which increase the nutritional value for positive health effects.
Vegetable sprouts contain large quantities of antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are substances that our bodies produce and which damage cell tissue and speed up the ageing process. They are a good source of many vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, fibres and nucleic acids DNA and RNA [needed for cell growth and recovery]. Scientific research has shown that germination increases the amount of enzymes, proteins, minerals and nucleic acids present when compared to the seeds.
How long can shoots be kept?
Shoots can easily be kept in a closed container in the refrigerator for a few days.
The germination process ensures that the seed is ‘pre-digested’ which means that the digestion and absorption of the nutrients is more easily facilitated and the risk of allergies is reduced.
Shoots support digestion, ensure the right levels of acidity are maintained in the body and in addition strengthen the immune system thus minimizing the risk of contracting colds, flu and other such complaints.
What are good seeds to germinate shoots?
All types of seeds, cereals or legumes can grow shoots. Germinated millet, quinoa, broccoli and diakon seed [Japanese radish] deliver the largest health benefits and the easiest species to germinate are: generic aduki beans, alfalfa, feng, green peas, red clover seeds, lentils, quinoa, radish seed, seed grains and mung beans. Also broccoli seed, millet grains, chichpeas [garbanzo] and sunflower seeds are suitable.
Where can I buy seeds?
Slowjuice.nl now sells seeds for the most widespread biological shoots for culinary use.
Red adzuki beans
For a overview of our seeds: klik here.
Types of shoots:
Adzuki is een Japans familielid van de sojaboon. De adzukikiemen hebben een neutrale smaak en worden dan ook vooral in combinatie met andere kiemen gebruikt (zie kiemmix) vooral in groetenschotels, salades en soepen. Over de rode (adzuki) sojaboon zijn de meningen verdeeld. Reiner Schmidt noemt Adzuki een van de weinige sojabonen die voor kiemen geschikt is. Maar het Duitse ministerie van Voeding vindt dat de kiemen van erwten, kikkererwten en adzukibonen toch beter eerst kunnen worden gekookt of geblancheerd. In het algemeen bevordert koken of stomen de verteerbaarheid. Ze bevatten:
B1, B2, ijzer, kalium.
Soft broccoli taste with a hint of radish, ideal for salads and sandwiches. The anti-oxidant activity is due to the presence of glucosinolates, isothiocyanates and glucoraphanin.
This is probably the most popular shoot available and combines with a wide variety of ingredients in many dishes. Alfalfa looks like a mini bean sprout and is extremely healthy due to its vegetable protein and mineral content and the vitamins C, D, E and K.
Lentil sprouts are best steamed. This shoot is easily digested and lends itself well for using in both salads and soups. They contain B1, B2, C AND iron.
Tip: steam for 10 minutes ,sprinkle with olive oil and/or vinegar and then add some oregano, basil, cumin or caraway.
A snappy sprout often referred to as ‘hot radish’,the first bite is quite fresh and quickly after the real radish taste comes free .They include A ,B1 ,C ,iron and phosphorus .
Tip: good on sourdough bread with hummus.
Bean sprouts or mung beans
these will be well known to people familiar with Asian cookery ,soft but crunchy ,delicious in vegetable dishes and soups but also good in salads. Wash before use.
A delicious oily/nutty taste , good raw or cooked in salads ,soups and stir-fry dishes ,wash before use .Rich in vitamins C and E ,phosphorous and calcium .