Let me take you back a few months when I had my first Jimmy John's sub sandwich. I was intrigued, when instead of lettuce on my salad, there were sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts to be exact. They were crunchy and yummy and to my surprise...fabulous! My friend who treated me to the sub said "James, you should grow your own sprouts, they are really easy". I kind of brushed it off as a fleeting thought. I haven't grown much of anything in my lifetime, I certainly didn't want to attempt these dainty little sprouts. My mother had a garden while I was growing up, a large one at that, and although I grew up watching her garden, I didn't learn much because I was just convinced I didn't have a green thumb. My evidence was the many houseplants that have wound up in the garbage over the years. Well, a couple of weeks ago I got some seed starter trays and started some seedlings for my garden. To my surprise within a couple of days little green sprouts popped up all over the trays. Wow! I was so excited, they were actually growing. Now, they are about six to seven inches long and I'm wondering what the heck I'm going to do with them, because I started them so early. I had a little bit of Spring fever when I planted them and was trying to rush things I guess. Live and learn, now I know.
Ok, fast forward a couple of weeks, after watching these little seeds turn into big, beautiful, green plants, I decided that maybe I could give growing sprouts a try. I did lots of research online and gathered up the supplies. A mason jar, cheesecloth, and seeds was all I needed and I was sprouting. I am currently in my first sprout and we haven't consumed any of the sprouts yet, they are not ready but getting close. I know this is only my first try at this, but I am starting to consider myself somewhat of a sprout freak. I am so excited for these to be done. Did you know that sprouts are super nutrient packed? Yep, they are good for you and my friend was right, they are really easy to grow. There is just something so satisfying about being able to grow the food you consume and know exactly what went into it. I can't wait to try these sprouts and start a new batch. I highly recommend growing your own sprouts if you like them at all. It is really easy and gratifying. This website is packed full of information on how to get started. www.sproutpeople.org
Below are some photos of my sprout jar on my new kitchen shelf. Enjoy and thanks for reading!