Flax Seed Sprouts

Brown and/or Golden Flax

WE NO LONGER SELL FLAX FOR SPROUTING - BUT WE STILL SELL IT FOR MICROGREENS. IT'S THE SAME WONDERFUL SEED - IT'S JUST THAT SPROUTING IT IS TOO FROUGHT WITH PERIL TO BE WORTH IT @;-) Flax is desired by many for the nutritional qualities of the seed. The seed is often used for teas which aid intestinal health, added to cereals, breads or just ground up in healthy drinks, like smoothies. Whether you are sprouting Flax (which adds even more to its nutritional value) or just looking for seed to eat - these are beautiful seeds!

Our Flax comes from a source which is certified organic.

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Soak 1/3 cup of seed in 1/2 cup of cool water for 2-4 hours.

These mucilaginous seeds will take up all the water. It will form a jelly mass.

They are ready to use now. If you want to attempt growing roots, see our detailed instructions.

Print Instructions

Yield will be approximately 2 to 1 by weight.

If you are sprouting for a recipe, start with 1/2 as much seed as the recipe calls for.

Put seed in a glass or a wax lined paper cup. Avoid plastic as it is difficult to clean in this case.
Add 1.5 times as much water as you used seed.
Stir it all up.
Set your container anywhere out of direct sunlight.

You may use the flax in about 4 hours.
The seeds will have soaked up their fill of water by then, and as stated above:
A seed that has soaked up its fill of water has gone from dormant to alive. That is the single biggest nutritional gain the seed/sprout will go through. A soaked seed has no enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you.

If you want to keep going - to see if you can grow some roots.....
8 - 12 hours later, stir them up again.
Because we are dealing with mucilaginous seeds, the mixture will be much thicker now.
There is no rinsing and draining involved in sprouting flax.
You may keep doing this - stirring things up - as often as you like.
The top will dry out some in-between stirrings, so doing this is an effort to keep them evenly moist.

I have gone as long as 5 days, but at some point - depending on temperature, humidity, and air circulation -
a kind of scum forms from the mucilage.
I don't want that, so I usually just soak the seeds for 4 hours and use them then.

Whatever you decide to do - enjoy the experience.

Happy Sprouting!

Because flax is mucilaginous it doesn't sprout like most sprouts. It doesn't grow long roots - or any roots in most cases. This is because once it meets water it forms a gel sack which surrounds the seed. Because of that gel sack flax cannot be sprouted in a regular sprouter. Really it is more a matter of soaking in the proper amount of water than it is sprouting. It's very simple - it's just unique. To learn what mucilaginous really means; take one Flax seed and put a a few good drops of water on it. Wait for 30 minutes and try to pick the seed up =:-}
That's mucilaginous! If you have a magnifying glass - examine the seed to see one of the wonders of nature.

Something you need to understand about sprouts: A seed that has soaked up its fill of water has gone from dormant to alive. That is the single biggest nutritional gain the seed/sprout will go through. The roots are not necessary. We're just used to seeing them and so we want to. Let that go and enjoy flax sprouts - or as we might call them flax soaks.

If there is anything unique about our current seed, we will tell you about it here.

Seed Shelf Life: 3 years. Store in cool, dark, dry spot. Store in freezer to extend shelf life.

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