Growing Fenugreek Sprouts

Growing Fenugreek Sprouts

Sprouting

When conditions are warm your sprouts will likely grow faster. If their leaves open sooner you should green and de-hull and harvest sooner. Likewise they may grow slower if conditions are very cool. These are just tiny plants they are not difficult to understand. The more you sprout the better you'll know them and be able to adjust to their needs. As always 70° is optimal and 70° is what our instructions are written for.

All sprouts generate heat while growing, which is a good thing, but it can get out of hand on occasion. When the weather is especially hot and humid you will do well to Rinse more frequently (every 8 hours if possible) using colder water than usual (the coldest your tap can offer is fine), to compensate.

Depending on your Sprouting Device, not all of your sprouts will have access to light and so some will not green. This is not only OK - we think it good. The yellow sprouts will be equally nutritious (they have everything but chlorophyll) and many think them more delicious (in Europe, it is not uncommon to find vegetables that are grown "blanched" by depriving them of light). We think they are prettier when there is a mix of green and yellow leaves to go with the white roots. So don't sweat it - just eat more sprouts!

The Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard mix should be prevented from clumping. Mix 'em up! We use high water pressure when Rinsing to keep our sprouts loose, but this only works for so long - so - when water isn't enough, break the clump of sprouts up using a fork or your fingers (wash your hands first, please). If you are using a Sprouter that can hold water, fill it mostly full then use a fork to loosen. You can also dump your sprouts onto or into something and just shake them apart. You should never be afraid** of touching your sprouts. They are much stronger then they appear - just be reasonably gentle.

** The only thing to fear is fear itself.

Dry Fenugreek awaits Soaking.

6 - 12 hours later.... Soaked, Rinsed and Drained.

Fenugreek is a pretty fast germinating seed. You'll see roots by the 2nd or 3rd Rinse/Drain cycle.

Taste your crop at every Rinse/Drain, to see where you find it most pleasing.12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

Fenugreek - as mentioned - is a fairly bitter sprout. We prefer it like this, but if you want to Green its leaves, keep on growing.2 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

Once leaves begin to emerge, Photosynthesis happens. Magic!12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle.

12 hours later... another Rinse/Drain cycle. Remember to Drain especially thoroughly, unless you are using a De-Huller - in which case thorough will do.

12 hours later.... Harvest Time!

An Easy Sprout full of Fenugreek Sprouts.

Family: Leguminosae
Genus: Trigonella
Species: foenum-graecum
Cultivar: Unnamed