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It's cold. You, your fatigue and the fountain that you have in place of the nose know that you are terribly lacking in vitamins to fight. You would do well with a vegetable cure but, unless you have invested in a house in the Bahamas, right now, you cannot grow much in your vegetable garden. What if, for lack of being able to cultivate plants, we consumed their seeds? This year, face the cold by learning how to germinate your own seeds.
The best seeds to germinate
Thanks to the benefits of sprouted seeds, you will be able to say goodbye to the cold that you have been dragging since the start of the season. It is the health food par excellence! Because we know little but the seeds are a real concentrated energy . Besides being naturally high in fiber , in vitamins and in minerals essential to our organism, their germination multiplies their nutritional value. For example, after five days of germination, the vitamin A and B content in wheat increases by… 300% and 600% respectively! So, there, necessarily, you want to take the plunge but, by going to your shop organic the nearest, you realize that there are seeds… many varieties. To avoid unnecessarily transforming your kitchen into a benchmark for granivores, we take a quick look at the seeds that can be easily germinated at home.
Aromatic seeds, once germinated, can play different and complementary roles in your diet. Coriander and fennel seeds, rich in vitamins and minerals, are excellent for flavoring a dish. Cumin seeds are known to aid digestion and help calm stomach pains while parsley seeds, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, strengthen hair and nail growth.
Lentils, alfalfa, peas, mung beans, etc. legume seeds are, for the most part, excellent sources of protein. Their consumption can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol or act against fatigue.
Cereals such as wheat, spelled, oats or quinoa, have fortifying properties and are particularly recommended for athletes. Once germinated, their seeds are good remedies for fatigue and urinary problems.
Behind this sometimes misunderstood term hides, among others, the seeds of basil, mustard, watercress and flax. Mucilaginous seeds have stimulating, digestive and diuretic properties. Some have other characteristics such as the basil seed which, after germination, helps fight migraine.
Oil plants are known to be high in fat. In our closets, they are found in the form of oil and rarely in the form of seeds. However, sunflower or sesame seeds are true sources of vitamins and minerals.
With all the virtues of these germs, we want to embark on the cultivation of absolutely all our seeds. But before adopting a granivorous diet, it is advisable to learn about the seeds that are germinated because some are real poisons for humans. This is particularly the case for rhubarb, eggplant or tomato seeds.
The different methods for germinating seeds
To guarantee the freshness of the sprouted seeds that we consume, it's like everything, it is better to grow them yourself. Exhausted by your colds repeatedly, the idea of launching yourself into a great culture does not enchant you at all. No problem : germinate seeds request zero effort , just a little patience. And that, it falls rather well because since you have been around children, "patience" is your middle name. Besides, why not make it an activity to share with them? Here are some techniques to turn your seeds into ready-to-eat sprouts.
Germination: how does it work?
The seeds that you have in your hands are in fact in rest period and like Sleeping Beauty, they will need the right formula to get them out of their sleep. Here, no Prince Charming or magic kiss. To get the seeds out of their growing season dormancy , you will simply have to put them to soak in water (it would have made the life of many princes easier). This is the phase of soaking . Some seeds need more time than others to germinate. In this case, it will be necessary to think of changing their water daily. Don't worry, it's a matter of a few days for the hardest seeds. After one to two nights of soaking on average, the seeds enter their phase of germination . This is when they turn into germ. Depending on the seed, we will wait a few more days before we can consume it.
Germinate my seeds in a jar
It is not necessary to be over-equipped to start growing seeds. With a simple jar , you can very well germinate. We start by soaking our seeds in a jar filled with water. Once the seeds come out of their dormant state, they are rinsed with water. We then replace them in the jar from which we will have emptied the water. We remove the cover and replace it with a piece of airy type fabric piece of tulle , gauze or muslin. To prevent the seeds from becoming moldy, remember to tilt the jar 45 ° downwards and rinse the emerging germs two or three times a day. It will take on average between three and five days before you can consume the sprouted seeds.
Use a germinator to grow my seeds
With the germinator, you can add as many trays as you want to germinate seeds. Convenient !
You can also germinate your seeds using a propagator . As for the first technique, we start by soaking the seeds overnight (the duration is to be adapted according to the type of seed.) After having rinsed and drained, we distribute them on the different stages of the germinator then we close the lid. The seeds should be rinsed two to three times a day. For this, we pass the different germination trays covered with the cover directly under water. Drain for 15 to 20 minutes then place the trays in staggered rows so that the seeds are well aerated. In general, as with the jar, the sprouts are ready to be eaten after three to five days of germination.
How to consume the seeds once germinated?
economic, diet and rich in vitamins , sprouts are ideal to enhance our meals. They are eaten raw or cooked. We can integrate them into our salads, our sauces or sprinkle any of our hot dishes. They go very well with soup, an omelet or cereals. It is advisable to cook the seeds of legumes. To do this, simply immerse them for two minutes in boiling water. Long cataloged as the food reserved for vegetarian people, the germinated seed is slowly starting to democratize ... to the delight of our organism!