Yummy Green Sprouts!

I'm not blessed with a green thumb.  I learned this at a very early age.  As a child, my mother insisted that I couldn't even keep clover alive, at which I promptly plucked some up from the yard, and planted it in a pot to see.  I really don't recall the clover's demise, but I do seem to recall that it lasted longer than anything else I had previously tried to keep.  To this day, I occasionally try my hand at keeping a plant alive, but have for the most part given up on spending any money to do so!  I'm drawn to holding onto seeds from produce I have eaten, and have managed to keep a few avocado plants around for a while, none of them longer than a year, so far.  I am quite pleased with the fact that I still have five date palms I planted spring of '08!  Hardy little fellows, that tend to like being neglected, apparently.

One area I have found I can excel (anybody can!) is sprouts.  How much damage can one do in five days?  ;~)  If you've yet to try this, you really should give it a go.  My first try at it, was over 20 years ago.  Since then, I've learned a great deal more than simply alfalfa and mung beans exist.  A great site I highly recommend is sproutpeople.com.  They have more information than you'd ever need, and it's all free on their site.  Sure they sell seeds & supplies too, but they don't require that you buy from them, to use the information they provide.  A couple other sites I've also had good purchase experiences with are sprouthouse.com & wheatgrasskits.com.

There are so many kinds of sprouts to choose from!  One of my favorites for a couple decades has been broccoli.  The pic above shows some more of my favorites: pea shoots on the right, and a mixture of sunflower greens and buckwheat greens on the left. 

Recently, I discovered Milk Thistle seeds, and they were advertised as sprout-able (even though I was not on a sprouting site.)  Well, not one to let that opportunity pass by, I purchased them, and excitedly started up a batch in a jar when they arrived.  They took a bit longer than most, but that may have been due to somewhat cool temperatures at the time. (Actually, only about 10% of them sprouted, and upon writing the company that I purchased them from, they credited me.  But that is a whole other story, and I am no worse for the wear.)  The thing is, they were quite ugly to the taste buds!  Bitter little things!  Their look reminded me somewhat of miniature sunflower greens, but had no where near that wonderful sweet flavor.  If anybody has tried these, and actually liked them, do let me know!  

Do you sprout?  If so, what are your favorites?



rainburkett said...

I noticed your comments on goneraw.com, and so I looked at your profile which led me here. I really really like your blog. The raw food ideas are so simple, yet creative. It is truly what raw food is all about. I look forward to reading more of your ideas. As for sprouts, it's something I haven't tried yet. I'm focusing on adding more fruits and veggies to a mostly cooked diet at the moment. Also, I'm still collecting info, so that when I do go raw, I'll understand what's going on.

~pixx said...

Thanks for the compliments! :~)

Yes, "Gourmet" raw certainly can be fun from time to time, but I do think eating simply is best.

Transitioning slowly by adding more yummy raw fruits and veggies into your diet, as you are doing, is a great way to go about it all! Good for you, for making the changes. :~)

HollyWould said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog, love your sprout pic, they look delicious!

~pixx said...

Thanks, Holly! (& You're welcome!)


Phoenix's Muse said...

I don't actually *like* any sprouts at all. I couldn't eat them plain for the life of me. However, sunflower sprouts are the most mild, and I find I can disguise their flavor easily by putting them in salsa, guacamole or in crackers I make in my dehydrator, so, by default, that makes sunflower sprouts my favorite.