Brandon Pillon takes us through sprouting fenugreek seeds into a healthy and nutritious snack.
I started with a ¼ pound of certified organic Fenugreek seeds from Johnny’ Selected Seeds, an employee owned company. Fenugreek sprouts are very healthy for the digestive system, as they lubricate the intestines. They also help with lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar levels, and are also good for asthma and sinus problems.
Glass Jar and Water Selection
For sprouting I use glass jars that can be placed on a 45 degree angle, I found them at a local dollar store. I also found some cheese cloth that I cut into pieces to cover the mouth of the jar, holding it on the jar with a rubber band. As for water I like to use spring water but you can use tap water if you wish.
The Soak and Rinse
I let a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds soak overnight, I fill the jar about half way full with spring water. The mouth of the jar should be pointed up and covered with cheese cloth. In the morning I drain the jar and rinse the fenugreek seeds. I then place the mouth of the jar in the 45 degree angle position on a shelf, shaded from the light somewhat.
The 3 Day Countdown
I rinse my fenugreek sprouts three times a day, filling the jar half full with spring water and draining it out by tipping on end to drain in the sink for a few moments. I repeat this for three days, but for the last half of the third day or when the sprouts are 1 ½ to 2 inches long I place the jar of fenugreek sprouts next to a strong light source, to green up the fenugreek. I keep my room temperature between 70 to 80°F but the temperature can be as low a 60°F with slower growth as an end result.
After 3 days the sprouts are finished, you can let them go four days but I find that they develop a bitter taste. One tablespoon of fenugreek seeds produces about 1 ½ cups of sprouts. Fenugreek sprouts have a mild light taste, I like to eat fenugreek sprouts as is for an afternoon snack, but you can add them to sandwiches or in a salad. Sprouts are very easy to grow, and are prefect for beginners and children to grow who want to see fast results, and they are healthy for you.