Sprouts/which beans?

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I saw mention on this forum that sprouts can supply alot of what you need to survive. Which seeds are best for sprouting? Johan

-- johan (reisch@c-zone.net), October 05, 1998


You can sprout almost anything. Lentil sprouts are great. I would buy bags of all types of beans, and experiment - they are only about a dollar a pound. I think that as much variety as possible is probably a good idea. I don't know about eating wheat sprouts directly, but you can grind or chop up sprouted wheat and mix it with your ground flour for bread, increasing the nutrition. I sure hope people know to sprout what they've got as much as possible in a situation where veggies aren't available. Another thing you can do is grow your wheat to about a 5 or 6 inch high grass, and then grind it in a wheat grass juicer (an investment of 50-80 bucks). Wheat grass is AMAZING. It might take some getting used to, but I can't think of a better way to get concentrated vegetable nutrition - all you need is a patch of sunlight.


-- E. Coli (nunayo@beeswax.com), October 05, 1998.

The sprouts you get on a sandwich I think are alfalfa sprouts; I believe that the bean sprouts typical of a Chinese restaurant are mungo beans.

-- Dan Hunt (dhunt@hostscorp.com), October 05, 1998.

One of the latest crazes in S. California is broccoli sprouts. I'm told that you must get seed especially for sprouts because seed for planting is treated with fungicide, etc...and may not be so good for sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are supposed to be the silver bullet for colon cancer. (for what it's worth)

-- Donna Barthuley (moment@pacbell.net), October 05, 1998.

This is a great idea. I used to grow alfalfa sprouts in my closet when I was a kid. (No really, it was alfalfa!) I grew them in modified ice cream pails. It was incredibly easy.

Does anyone have a good source for seeds? Please post if you do.

-- Mike (gartner@execpc.com), October 05, 1998.

Try Art Pollard at:


He has alfalfa, barley, mung, broccoli, chia, etc. for sprouting.

-- rocky knolls (rknolls@hotmail.com), October 05, 1998.

Most local health food stores have a decent bulk food section. They will have a variety of beans, nuts, and grains that you can experiment with. The organic ones will probably be the most successful since they haven't been treated.

BEANS: mung, lentil, garbanzo NUTS: almonds filberts (hazelnuts) SEEDS: alfalfa, clover, sunflower, radish, mustard, pumpkin, fenugreek, onion, broccoli GRAINS: wheat berries, rye

There are complete instructions on how to sprout and how long to let the sprouts grow at: www.learn2.com/08/0849/08491.html

The sprouts can be also used in stir-frys, steaming, and baking. For making wheat juice the best book source is "The Wheat Juice Book" by Anne (?) Your health food store will have it or can order a copy.

Texas Terri

-- Terri Symington (TYSYM@AOL.com), October 05, 1998.

I don't mean to promote products on this forum, but in answer to the question, I handle nutritional products for a small group of friends, including sprouting seeds. Organic brocolli seeds come only in 4 oz. packs, and are like gold, but alfalfa seeds are about $49.00 for 10 lbs. plus postage. Mung bean seeds are $2.65 /lb. and a sprouting mixture of Alfalfa, Clover, Foenugreek, and Radish, is $45.00 for 10 lbs. I place a group order just once each month, so if you would like to be included ask for details.

-- Roy (roy@techcomm.net), October 05, 1998.

Johan, fix me up one of those sprout sandwiches you and the Mrs. make real gooooood! Haven't had one in a loooonnnnggggg time! :-) Blondie

-- Blondie Marie (Blondie@future.net), October 07, 1998.

Texas Terri was referring to Anne Wigmore who, before passing away, was an advocate of the raw foods movement. Do a search on the internet, and there should be some info out there to glean on the subject.

-- Bingoti (bingoti@yahoo.com), October 07, 1998.

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