When most people think of sprouts, they think of those long stringy things that they may or may not enjoy on a sandwich. Those are often alfalfa sprouts, but other vegetables can be sprouted as well. Best of all, they provide extra nutrition and flavor.
What is a sprout?
Sprouts are essentially the first tender stems of a plant. Once a seed has been germinated, it begins to push out tiny leaves. Once they begin to sprout, they produce new enzymes that help them stay alive above the ground.
Benefits of sprouts
Sprouts are packed with nutritional benefits, but they all vary depending on the type of sprout. They may contain everything from vitamins A, B, C, E and K, to magnesium, calcium, amino acids and antioxidants. As sprouts grow, they actually convert some of their sugar to vitamin C, a great immune booster!
Save with sprouts
Sprouts are an affordable way to get additional nutrition. Just 1 pound of seeds can yield up to 8 pounds of sprouts! You’ll often find them at farmer’s markets and health food stores, but if you really love sprouts, don’t be afraid to grow them yourself. The possibilities are endless.
Which seeds can you sprout?
Here are a few to get you started. Remember that each will provide a different flavor.