We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to fast track your success when growing this truly amazing food!
What are sprouting seeds?
Sprouting seeds are simply vegetable seeds selected for quick germination rates, freshness and most importantly have been processed, handled and packaged with utmost care and hygiene. Our sprouting seeds are lab tested to ensure they are as clean as can be and we abide and believe in organic principles and only supply the best quality certified organic sprouting seed from sustainably managed farms in the EU.
Is sprouting easy?
Sprouts are without question the easiest food you can grow at home. With just a few basic steps, you can develop your green thumb in a relaxed and user friendly way. Sprouting requires an initial soak as well as twice daily rinsing. That’s it! It really couldn’t be easier!
Is sprouting sustainable?
A question we get asked a lot and an important one. While sprouting uses a lot of seeds and those seeds need to be grown somewhere, there are several factors that make sprouting a sustainable option for growing food.
Sprouting seed, once harvested, can be stored for a long, long time. Sometimes for several years if stored correctly. When you take into account the energy required to transport fresh bulky vegetables in refrigerated containers across the world, storage in the supermarket, then at home followed by the bleak fact that nearly half of all food is wasted somewhere along the supply chain, the fact that you can store seeds at ambient temperatures and grow what you need when you need it is huge.
There is also no short supply of seeds. Plants for seed are grown to be harvested quickly and they produce seeds abundantly. When you also consider that a bottle of cooking oil, bowl of porridge or a loaf of bread require large quantities of seeds also, it puts the scoop or two of seeds per jar more in perspective also.
Are sprouts really that good for you?
The short answer is the research says yes. The huge benefit of sprouting is that you can eat a whole range of vegetables in one go which is rare with normal diets consisting of one or two vegetable varieties per meal. Our Good Gut Mix for example has 10 different seeds in one mix! We are not medical professionals and encourage everyone to research for themselves or consult a medical professional for specific conditions, illnesses or dietary requirements. We have however put together a list of peer reviewed articles to start you down the rabbithole!
The other great thing about sprouts is that they are absolutely delicious raw meaning you are getting the full benefit of every seed rather than reducing the nutritional value through cooking or freezing. Sprouts are alive until the moment you eat them unlike vegetables that start deteriorating as soon as they are harvested.
Do you have to sprout in a jar?
No not at all! Sprouting in a jar is our favourite tried and tested method as it’s easy, clean and simple. You can sprout in a muslin bag, simply on a plate or in various contraptions (usually plastic) sold by different companies. If you are a complete beginner just starting out we recommend starting with the jar method and then exploring other ways to sprout.
What is the difference between microgreen seeds and sprouting seeds?
No difference! Sprouts are just the early stage of germinated seed (4 -5 days). Microgreens are the same seed, usually sown on soil, coco coir or a grow mat and allowed to develop leaves fully. Microgreens take slightly longer ( 7 - 12 days), will give you a larger crop more closely resembling salad leaves and usually have a more pronounced flavour than their sprouted siblings!
We hope this short list has answered maybe a few questions you have. We are available and always happy to talk about sprouts either via website chat, email or phone!
Want to jump straight in? Why not try our Sprouting Sampler Kit. Our most popular sprouting kit ideal for beginners!