During February we’ll be focusing on sprouting. Sprouting is the process of germinating seeds to be eaten. If you have never tried sprouting, I’ll show you how you can get started quick and easy. We’ll cover the ins and outs, different seeds to sprout, different sprouting methods, and ways to use your sprouts–stay tuned throughout the month, this is going to be fun!
So today we’re starting with the benefits of sprouting, specifically with survival in mind. You’ll see there are quite a few reasons you might want to include sprouts in your preparedness plan.
1. Sprouts are high in nutrition. Before seeds sprout they are dormant little plants. Sprouting changes the chemistry of the seed and adds vitamins and nutrients that weren’t there before. It’s like storing extra vitamins in your food storage.
2. Sprouts grow fast. You can have fresh produce in as little as 3-5 days. How does that compare to your garden?
3. Sprouts require no soil and very little space to grow. You can grow fresh, nutritious foods with no garden plot. This is especially great if you live in a place with a small yard, an apartment, or a rental house. You can even grow sprouts while you’re traveling!
4. Sprouts are easy to grow. Easy. Even if you’ve never had a garden work for you or are notorious for killing houseplants, you can grow sprouts.
5. Sprouts grow during any season. You don’t need to wait for spring or summer to plant and grow sprouts. Sprouts don’t care that it’s the middle of winter.
6. Sprouts don’t even require sunlight. You can grow them in the winter in Alaska. Which would also make them a good source of fresh food in any disaster in which the sun isn’t shining so brightly (volcanic eruption, etc.).
7. Mature sprouts are approximately 2-10 times the volume of food as their dry seed counterparts. For example, one cup of wheat berries equals over 1 3/4 cups of sprouted wheat. 1/8 cup zesty sprout mix (alfalfa, clover, radish, other small greens) grows to over 2 cups of sprouts! This means you can store a lot of food in a very small space.
So if you want a source for fresh food with some high nutritional content that is easy and quick to grow and adds variety and versatility to your food storage, you’re going to love sprouting!