Lentil sprouts are nutritional powerhouses. Can we say high Vitamin A, B, C, and E content, along with magical enzymes that aid digestion? Sprouts--as a natural, powerful source of DAO--are also natural anti-histamines that can work as an allergy medicine to curb difficult seasons as well as a calming agent for those chronically battling histamine in their gut.
Sprouts are available in your local market, but these sprouts that are farmed outdoors, exposed to acidic and chemical elements, and already picked and packaged have a higher correlation with parasitic creatures, especially E-Coli. This makes purchasing sprouts a bit tricky, and best avoided, but that also means avoiding the incredible nutrition that sprouts can offer our bodies.
A wonderful way around these obstacles and to ensure a clean crop that you can grow, monitor, and harvest in your own home.
We grow sprouts regularly and easily throughout the year.
What You Need:
- Lentil seeds of your choosing. Whole Foods offers a great variety. We prefer green lentils, but you can use red lentils, mung, white, etc.
- 6 Mason jars with lids
- Paper towels or cheesecloth
- Spring water
What You Need to Do:
- Rinse 2 cups of your chosen lentils in spring water. Then place them in a large bowl with spring water, and place them in your kitchen cabinet (or some other dark, dry place). Soak them overnight.
- The next morning, drain your lentils and rinse them with fresh spring water. Then drain again.
- Scoop 2 handfuls of these lentils into each of your Mason jars so that the bottom of each jar is covered by lentils. NOTE: No water should be present in the jar, or you will get fungus/mold--which are no good.
- Place a paper towel or piece of cheesecloth over each of the mason jars. Then fix in place with the outer metal ring of the mason jar lid.
- Place all your jars in your kitchen cabinet or some other dark, dry place.
- Twice a day (morning and evening) rinse your lentils. I do this by removing the outer metal ring and paper towel/cheesecloth and then rinsing the lentils in the jar with spring water. Then I drain any excess water from the jar so that the lentils are moist but not sitting in any standing water in the jar Then I reapply a fresh paper towel or dry cheesecloth and the outer metal ring to each jar, and then place them once again into our kitchen cabinet where they are in the darkness and happy.
- You will begin to see sprouts each day. At the 7-10 day mark, your sprouts will have the most DAO and nutrition potential. At this stage you can begin to harvest them by separating the sprout from the lentil, and then rinsing them in spring water in preparation for consumption. NOTE that it's best to harvest sprouts only when you are going to eat them within the next half hour. Otherwise, the sprouts lose DAO and nutritional potential. After the 10 day mark, it is best to discard any lentils you have not eaten or recycle in your compost.
Sprouts are wonderful eaten, blended, mixed into your morning smoothie, or incorporated into Thai cuisine dishes or even just a fresh salad. However you eat them, know that you are giving your body incredible nutrients! Happy sprouting!