Growing seeds for sprouting

Sprouted seeds are one of the most nutritious foods we can eat and they’re so easy to produce. Isabell Shipard’s book, How can I grow and use sprouts as living food? covers over 100 kinds of sprouting seeds and is a reference well worth having:

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I use fenugreek seeds pretty much exclusively for sprouting. I have tried wheat, but I like the nutty, slightly curryish flavour of fenugreek best. I throw a handful into any dish—omelets, sandwiches, salads, garnish on soup, etc. I sprout about a teaspoon of dry seed a week and that keeps me going.

So, of course, a few years ago, I tried growing fenugreek. It’s so easy; germinates in a few days when sown in autumn; grows through the winter; flowers in spring and sets seed in long curved pods. It’s relatively easy to strip the pods from the plants when they’re dry, but fiddly and time-consuming to get the seeds out of the pods. Last year I discovered the Thermomix is ideal for extracting seed from pods.

Empty pods:

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Seeds:

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Sprouts:

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I got about a dozen teaspoonfuls of seed from plants in a circular area 80 cm in diameter, about half a square metre in area. That’s about 3 months supply for sprouting. So in just a couple of square metres, I could grow a year’s supply. Well worth doing, particularly as the health food shop where I used to buy the seeds has since closed and (apart from buying in bulk from seed suppliers) there’s nowhere else locally I can get them.

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6 Responses to “Growing seeds for sprouting”

  1. narf77 Says:

    Fenugreek has always been one of “those” herbs with me…a strange taste and I tend not to add it to recipes that call for it but sprouted might be a different thing. You are so adventurous with growing your own fenugreek! I wouldn’t even have thought it possible. New experiment coming on! Cheers for another interesting and informative post that has me thinking about doing something new that I haven’t tried before 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Well try it sprouted. The flavour is really quite mild and anyway you won’t notice it if it’s mixed in with other stuff. Will send you some seeds if you want. The local supermarkets don’t seem to keep it.

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      • narf77 Says:

        Cheers Bev, that would be really nice of you and I LOVE parsnips. I will have to grow them above ground because any parsnip attempting to grow on Serendipity Farm with our rocks would have more legs than leaves! 😉

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  2. Frogdancer Says:

    Wot Narf said.

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  3. Cameron Says:

    Thank you for the tip. I tried some fenugreek sprouts this week after reading your post. Loved the taste! They sprout faster than mung beans but have more flavour and size than alfalfa so were better on top of a stirfry.

    I sprouted some seeds that have been in the spice cupboard for quite a while. $1.50 for 100g from an Indian grocer – that makes them very cheap indeed. Granted they are not local or organic.

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