Activity Card 5
Seed Sprouting

Sprouted grains, nuts and seeds are ‘super foods' because they contain many of the nutrients we need to keep us healthy.

Many different nuts, grains and seeds can be sprouted, but here we show how to sprout alfalfa which is a complete food. This means it contains all the vitamins and minerals we need.

  1. Buy some alfalfa seeds (most health shops sell them or buy them from B&Q or other DIY stores)

  2. Place the seed into a large jar and fill with water.

  3. Cover the jar with muslin cloth or nylon mesh and secure with a rubber band.

  4. Soak the seed for 8 hours.

  5. Drain the water off (by tipping the jar) and wash under a tap really well and drain again. This gets rid of the wild yeasts which may be present.

  6. Place the jar in a warm room, but not on a sunny windowsill or radiator as this will be too hot.

  7. Rinse and drain the sprouting seeds once a day until they are ready. This takes between 2 and 5 days. If it is very hot they will need to be rinsed twice a day.

  8. When they are ready just eat them fresh!
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