Most people have had a salad with bean shoots on it at some stage, or mung bean sprouts in a plate of Chinese Chow Mien. However, more and more individuals are becoming aware of the power of these ‘superfoods’ not just as an addition to something else, but as an amazing meal in and of themselves. Growing sprouts yourself elevates this to a whole other level, for the convenience (if you grow them the right way), low cost and availability of the freshest food grown right in your home.
Sprouts (seeds or grains that have started to grow through the process of germination) are known by many to be ‘superfoods’, containing high levels of digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids not found in the unsprouted seed.. There is a long list of health benefits, but perhaps the most simple and important feature of these living superfoods is that the growing process itself gives you complete control over their cultivation. No added pesticides, chemical fertilizers or any other nasties but the water from your own sink. Usually we are never quite sure what has happened to our food before it reaches our table, so the significance of a method allowing you to be in full control cannot be overstated.
Additionally, growing sprouts at home can be done in many places where vegetables cannot be either grown or transported to, while in a fresh enough state to deliver health benefits. If the climate is too hot or cold or even if you lived on a boat, you can still have access to fresh, live, sprouted vegetables when you learn the basics of sprouting. And also, unlike most vegetables, even if you live in a place where they are accessible, sprouts are never out of season.
Sprouts offer health benefits that are too good to be dismissed. The human body thrives on living foods, particularly those that are rich in oxygen. As wonderful as these foods are, there are climates where it is unrealistic to expect people to be able to cultivate them. In extremely cold or hot climates, the only option to have fresh food that does not have to be transported hundreds (or thousands) of miles to its destination is to create an indoor greenhouse. Extremely cold environments would require an indoor heated greenhouse that is extremely expensive and complicated to build and maintain. On the other end of the spectrum, high desert environments are usually low on water, and to use hundreds of gallons of water over a growing season when most of it evaporates is not an option. Even in areas that are perfect for growing large amounts of fresh vegetables, growing a good variety of foods all year is not feasible.
The answer to all these questions is growing sprouts. You use a jar or similar sprouters to create a greenhouse (or several greenhouses) that sits on your kitchen counter, supplying you and your family with tantalizingly fresh, oxygen and enzyme rich foods, all year round.. There is also a basic yet revolutionary new method of growing sprouts known as the Marche Method. It offers an amazingly simple technique that eliminates the need for daily rinsing and spoiled sprouts. The bonus is that it is cheap, fast and reliable and you can grow as little or as much as you like. To find out more, click here.