Updated: Jul 9
Being self-sufficient is a dream many of us have; however, we all don't own farms or have the room to grow food in an apartment. I live in an apartment, and every morning it gives me pleasure to go on to the veranda and pick my fresh herbs. You may not even have a balcony, but every little thing you do to grow your own is rewarding. How about you start to grow your food by sprouting seeds and beans and have an endless supply of micro greens?
Apart from the satisfaction of growing your food, sprouting is exceptionally beneficial to your health. A sprout is the beginning of a plant, and when you eat sprouts, you are nourishing your body with vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients. Shoots are best eaten raw, and you can add them to salads, eggs, smoothies and the famous avo on toast.
Not all seeds are suitable for sprouting, so the best source of seeds is from your health food store or a garden centre that sells sprouting seeds. Choose from:
SPROUT SEEDS IN A JAR
Be mindful only to sprout one type of seed per jar.
In a clean jar, spread a few tablespoons of the seed and cover them with 5cm of lukewarm water.
Cover the jar with a cheesecloth (cut to fit the jar with a few cm to spare) - secure it with a rubber band or the lid if you are using a Mason Jar.
The following day you must drain the water from the jar. Turn it upside down over the sink and squeeze excess water by pinching the cheesecloth. Then rinse the seeds by adding fresh water and swirl them in the water. Drain again.
Place the jar in a warm, dark place and repeat the rinsing and draining process every day. This process will promote germination. Keep up this process until the seeds germinate—usually up to 5 days.
Once sprouted, store your jar of sprouts in the fridge covered with a paper towel (or a beeswax wrap). Eat the sprouts within a week.
Start a jar each day for seven days, and you will never run out of growing your own highly nutritious food. Just repeat the process continuously.
I suggest investing in seven jam jars or Mason jars. Every step we take to be self-sufficient is a bonus in our lives.