Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Northern California's Whole Foods Market

Ever wonder if you could grow your own sprouts? I have and with a quick search on pinterest you'll find a handful of "how to" pins. I've probably even pinned one along the way. 

It's actually easier than I thought! All you need is a sprouting jar lid, wide mouth mason jar, High Mowing sprouting seeds, some water, and a few days. Northern California's Whole Foods Market recently started carrying High Mowing Organic Sprouted Seeds ($5.49/ 4 oz. bag) and I was lucky enough to test their Alfalfa and Ancient Eastern Blend seeds. 

About High Mowing Organic Sprouted Seeds:


Organic seeds for snacking or planting. If planted, sprouted seeds require little maintenance and water so they are great for small urban apartments or busy families. With the "safe seed pledge," High Mowing commits to supporting agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, agriculturally diverse ecosystems and healthy people and communities.

How to Grow Alfalfa Seeds:
  1. In a wide mouth mason jar soak two tablespoons of Alfalfa seeds in two cups of waters. Let it sit for 8-12 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse a few times. Place jar in a bowl, tilted at an angle so any excess water drains out (Note: Sprouts should be moist, not sitting in water). Cover with a hand towel. Repeat every 8-12 hours for four days.
  3. After a day or two you will begin to see sprouts! On day five the sprouts are ready for greening. Next place the jar in indirect light. They will turn green over the course of a day.
  4. Now they are ready to enjoy. Store in an airtight container. The sprouts will last up to one week in the refrigerator. 
Seeds soaking; Seeds starting to sprout; Ready to eat!

Now the big question. How did I enjoy my sprouts? On everything! I actually don't eat bread so my meals were a bit creative. 

On the left I paired my sprouts with sweet potatoes, avocado, hummus and an egg over medium. On the right was an amazing salad topped with grilled chicken, avocado, hummus, sunflower seeds and SPROUTS! Apparently I was on a avo + hummus kick last week. The sprouts added just the right touch to each dish. How would you enjoy your sprouts?

 
I recommend watching this video from High Mowing Organic Sprouted Seeds before you get started.



Don't stop at Alfalfa sprouts! High Mowing Organic Sprouted Seeds and Northern California's Whole Foods Market offers a wide variety of seeds such as Broccoli Blend, Fenugreek, Red Clover, Spicy Salad Mix, Sandwich Booster Mix, Ancient Eastern Blend, Crunchy Bean Mix and Mung Beans  

Happy growing!

6 comments:

  1. I NEED to do this!!!!! I have never seen these at the whole foods by me... I love sprouts on EVERYTHING so this would be so fun to do!!

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    1. They just started carrying them in May. Good Luck!

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  2. how cool!! they grow in only a day or two?? i think there are plenty of ways to eat your sprouts and not just on your sandwich alone

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    1. It takes about 4-5 days from start to finish. I'm already on my second batch:)

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  3. Oh wow - I am so going to try this. I love alfalfa sprouts but they're getting harder and harder to find in stores.

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  4. I love growing sprouts! I havent in awhile. I am now inspired! Thanks! :)

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xo, Tiara

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