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How To Sprout - Choose The Easiest And Most Eco Friendly Germinator

How To Sprout - Choose The Easiest And Most Eco Friendly Germinator

Many people know that sprouts are unique superfood. They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Sprouted grains contain a large number of living enzymes (enzymes), with the help of which all metabolic processes occur, proteins, fats and carbohydrates are absorbed from food.

In terms of healing properties for the body, sprouts have no equal. They contain an almost complete set of amino acids from which all cells of the human body are formed. Sprouts are an important source of fiber, which is essential for maintaining healthy microflora and improving food digestion.
By regularly consuming sprouted seeds, you will significantly improve your health and prolong youth, increase immunity, cleanse the body of toxins. Sprouts are especially useful for pregnant women, the elderly, children and people engaged in intensive mental work and athletes.

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How to germinate seeds at home

Of course, you can buy sprouts in the nearest supermarket, but to be completely sure of the quality of the product, it is better to germinate the seeds at home. In order to always get the perfect “green harvest”, it is important to know a few tricks: you need to choose high-quality grain, know the germination technology and, of course, choose a quality seed germinator.

What seeds are best to germinate

The following are commonly used for sprouting but you will also find others.

Seeds Grains Legumes
Alfalfa seeds
Barley
 
Adzuki beans
Broccoli seeds
Buckwheat
Broad beans
Chia seeds
Corn
Chickpeas
Fenugreek seed
Kamut
Lentils
Flax (linseed)
Millet
Green peas
Leek seeds
Oats
Mung beans
Mustard seeds
Quinoa
Pinto
Radish seeds
Rye
Soya beans
Sesame seeds
Spelt
Sunflower seeds
Wheat
Amaranth

The seeds of sunflower, sesame, wheat, rye, barley, amaranth, flax, mustard, chickpea and mung bean are considered ideal for sprouting at home.

All plants have their own ripening rate, for example, rye, wheat and oats germinate the fastest and are quite unpretentious. The second fastest are flax and rice seeds. 

There are also differences in taste: amaranth and sesame sprouts have a slight bitterness, while sunflower, oat and wheat sprouts are considered the most delicious.

How to germinate

There are several ways to germinate seeds at home. We will look at the most popular ones.

-  household containers

Many beginners  use all kind of jars and bottles, covering the surface with gauze for air circulation. Even though it's an easy start, such germination has several disadvantages: grains germinate unevenly, partially drying out, and excess water creates improper air circulation.

If you are using a glass jar, try to use one that is long and fairly wide and avoid a small jar where all the seeds are cramped together. 

- electric germinators

Electric germinators are compact and inexpensive. When used in everyday life, they give good germination, but also have a number of disadvantages. For example, such germinators consume quite a lot of electricity, they buzz noticeably, and they are made of plastic, which, even in micro doses, can have a negative effect on seedlings.

- clay growers

Clay germinators, from the point of view of ecology, are the most correct. They are a vessel consisting of three clay trays, allowing you to grow three different crops at once.

The process of germinating in clay germinators is as simple as possible: before use, the trays must be immersed in clean water, so they are saturated with the necessary amount of moisture. Then simply lay out the prepared seeds in an even layer, close the lid. And that's it! After 3-5 days, depending on the type of grain, it is time to harvest.

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