Neville's Midnight Moon Sprout Mix

French Blue & Crimson Lentils and Speckled Peas A very, very lovely mix of dark seeds that taste great raw or cooked. To us, this is our most visually stunning mix. Note - due to the disappearance of Black Garbanzos we are now using Speckled Peas, which actually look even better - and more moon like. Note - The picture is of Mix #47 with Black Garbanzos. They are not currently in the mix. We are currently using Speckled Peas instead. Mix #47 seeds all come from sources which are certified organic.

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Soak 1/3 to 1 cup of beans in cool water for 8-12 hours.

Drain off soak water. Do not ever soak again.

Rinse thoroughly.

Drain Thoroughly.

Rinse and Drain with cool water every 8-12 hours.

Bean Sprouts don't need light. Keep your Sprouter in a low light location.

Harvest on day 2 or 3, when most of the beans have short roots. Refrigerate your crop.

Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts

Seed Prep Measure out 1/2 Cup of seed* Rinse your seeds to remove dust or plant debris.

Soak Transfer your seeds - if necessary - into your Sprouter, or a bowl. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all. Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.

Sprouting Empty the seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary). Drain off the soak water. You can use it - it has nutrients in it.

Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water. Drain thoroughly.

Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses. This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top - in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprouter won't get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us. We don't mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light, because light just does not matter much. Your Bean Sprouts will never have leaves, and a plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until then light has little if any effect, so don't hide your sprouts. Plus, they like air-circulation.

Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours. And, once more... Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours. And, perhaps once more... Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.

We stop no later than here. We like our sprouts small. Typically, we sprout for just 2-4 Rinse and Drain cycles. At that point most of the seeds will have sprouted tiny (1/16 - 1/4 inch) roots. That's the way we like our Bean Sprouts.

Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for up to 6 days. We Do Not recommend doing so, unless you're doing a science experiment. Grow them for as long as you like. As long as you continue to Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours. If you grow for a week you'll get some plants growing as well as roots. Experiment! Have Fun! It's All Good - if occasionally inedible @;-D

As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at EVERY Rinse - including the very first - just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and super nutritious - and - they are without enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed!) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you. So taste them often and find out for yourself when they are most delicious! That's when they're done.

Harvest Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final Rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final Rinse. The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.

Refrigerate Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice and put them in your refrigerator. We offer Produce Storage Bags that will extend shelf life substantially.

*Seed to Use

* If using Sproutpeople's Single Harvest Pack - use the whole bag. It will produce a crop of approximately 8 ounces.

These seeds yield approximately 2:1 - so in theory you can start with up to as 1/2 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity. If you are new to sprouting, or new to this crop; we advise that you start with 1/4 - 1/3 of your Sprouter's capacity so that your sprouts have more room.

Dry Mix #47 awaiting a nice Soak. Note: The pictures are of Mix #47 with Black Garbanzos. They are not currently in the mix. We are currently using Speckled Peas instead. The mix is sprouted in exactly the same way.

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

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. You can be done now. They're small but perfect.

12 hours later... Another Rinse/Drain cycle. If you weren't done last time, stop now....

Or go another 12 hours - if you like 'em longer.

A closer look.

A very, very lovely mix of dark seeds that taste great raw or cooked. In our opinion, Mix #47, as it was originally named, is our most visually stunning mix. Over the years we have modified the name of this mix. We first added 'Midnight Moon' because we felt the mix was too lovely to be just a number. We have now, additionally named it after our lovely night hunter extraordinaire - Felis domestics - Neville; the most lovely cat to ever share our lives. Neville was born in April of 2000. He was a stray who joined our family while Nick (of Nick's Hot Sprout Salad fame) still walked the earth, and so our family's oral cat tradition has passed to him - through Nick - from the source - our original "pet" Dziga Vertov who was not really a cat - but rather a missing link. Dziga had actual thumbs on his forelegs (we have an x-ray to prove it) and he twice spoke cat english to us. I only mention Dziga (Zee-guh) here because he was the beginning of our family. 5 cats have followed to date as have 10 dogs and 2 human children. Dziga is largely responsible for all of them. We would name a mix after him, but no one knows how to pronounce his name. In any case, Neville and the Midnight Moon deserve to be honored and to be so honored together. There you are. We wish we could name a mix for each of our beloved 4-leggers. FYI: Our kids will not hear of such a thing as regards them - though we did have a mix named after our son during his first few years. But, none save our earliest Farmers Market customers could remember Sam's Grand Mix.

Due to the not-infrequent disappearance of Black Garbanzos we are sometimes use Speckled Peas, which actually look even better - and certainly more moon like. Just so you know.... Our Labels still list Black Garbanzos. They do not list Speckled Peas. Enjoy the surprise @;-)

Seed Shelf Life: 5 years. Store in cool, dark, dry spot. Store in freezer to extend shelf life.

Not all of these seeds will sprout in the same period of time. They are close enough to mix together though, so we did. You Don't have to wait for all of them to actually pop a root. Something We Need You to Know: Once a seed has soaked up its fill of water, it is alive, and now super-nutritious - and - they now have no enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you. Growing a root/sprout is a matter of preference only - it is already a nutritional dynamo.

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