If you’re looking for a fun and quick way to introduce your children to growing their own food, sprouting seeds is a great place to start. It’s quick, cheap, extremely nutritious, clean (no dirt under the fingernails!), is arguably the most local food source EVER, and is super simple. If you can pour water into a cup, then you can sprout seeds.
Primal Seeds says, “Seeds are packed with nutrients; sprouted seeds are even better. As each grows, proteins, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients increase whilst becoming more bio-available. At the same time toxins and enzyme inhibitors are reduced, increasing digestibility.
I’ve experimented with a few different seeds, but mung beans are my favorite, both in taste and appearance. They can be added to many different recipes, including sandwiches, sushi rolls, salads and are even better just as a quick snack by the handful. Getting your kids involved in the growing process also increases the odds of them wanting to try it as well.
I have a sprouter that is similar to the Burpee Seed Sprouter and have had much success with it. My mom tried a jar sprouter that you tipped on its side and had problems with it. Either way, both are very inexpensive and well worth the minimal investment.
How to Sprout Seeds
To sprout seeds, all you need to do is soak about 3 tablespoons of seeds in water overnight, covering the bowl with cheesecloth or a lightweight towel. The next morning, you may start to see the beginnings of little tails on each seeds. Then rinse seeds well and place onto the sprouting tray(s) in a single layer. After that just rinse seeds two times a day until the tails are about one inch long, which takes about two to three days.