Growing Long Life Sprout Mix

Growing Long Life Sprout Mix

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 - it is good. The yellow sprouts will be equally nutritious (they have everything but chlorophyll) and many think them more delicious (in Europe vegetables are often grown "blanched" by avoiding light). We think they are prettier when there is a mix of green and yellow to go with the white roots. So don't sweat it - just eat more sprouts!

It is ESSENTIAL that you keep Brassica sprouts from clumping together and you CAN NOT grow them vertically using a tray sprouter. Brassica sprouts will mat together forming a dense bluish root mass which not only is unattractive but shortens the shelf life of the finished sprouts. So mix ‘em up! We use high water pressure when Rinsing to keep our brassica 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 they need it). 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.

Ingredient Note

When mixed in proper proportions with non-mucilaginous seeds, mucilaginous seeds will sprout! The proportion is our secret - it took us many failures before we figured it out - and it was well worth it! So go ahead and sprout for a Long Life!

Dry Brassicas await their Soak.

12 hours later... Soaked, Rinsed and thoroughly Drained.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.You should be seeing Root Hairs, now or soon. Follow that link to learn. You'll see them for a day or 2 - when you come back to your sprouts after their 12 hours alone.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain. Look at all those amazing Root Hairs!

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

12 hours later... another Rinse and Drain.

Harvest Time! This is either 12 hours after your previous Rinse and Drain, or you have De-Huller, and so don't need to keep your sprouts waiting =;-)