Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Alfalfa sprouts taste crispy and crunchy. This plant is also known as Lucerne grass, which is harvested as hay for cattle and is nibbled as grass by dogs. Harvest in 2-6 days.
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum)
The nutty, mild taste of chickpea sprouts makes these sprouts a popular ingredient in many Asian dishes. The chickpea plant has been grown by farmers for more than 7,500 years and was eaten by prehistoric people. Harvest in 2-4 days.
Mung Beans (Vigna radiata)
Also known as Chinese bean sprouts, mung beans along with other sprouts are great for adding to stir-fries. They sprout from small oval green beans that are light yellow inside. Harvest in 4-6 days.
Lentils (Lens culinaris)
Lentils are the flat oval seeds from the pods of a bushy pea-related plant and come in a range of colors, including yellow, orange, green and black. The sprouts have a nutty, peppery taste and are a great source of iron. You can use the ones sold for cooking. Harvest in 2-4 days.
Azuki Beans (Vigna angularis)
Popular in Japanese cooking, these dark red beans pale in color as they soak. The sprouts have a strong nutty, sweet taste. Harvest in 4-8 days.
Beet Sprouting Seeds (Beta vulgaris)
These seeds come from a leafy vegetable with swollen red roots known as a beet. The dramatic red sprouts have a mild beet taste. Harvest in 3-6 days.
Mustard and Cress (Brassica hirta and Lepidium sativum)
Try these spicy, peppery sprouts if you are looking for a flavor with a bit of zing. You could sow them on the top of moist cotton stuffed inside an empty eggshell. Draw a face onto the shell. As the seeds grow, they'll look like a wacky hair style. Harvest in 7 days.
Green Peas (Pisum sativum)
These are the peas found inside the seedpods of pea plants and are also known as garden peas. The tender, leafy shoots have a sweet taste. Harvest in 2-3 days.
Snow peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon)
Snow peas come from the sugar-pod type of pea plant where the whole pod can be eaten. The sprouts have the top set of leaves of the pea plant and taste sweeter than green pea sprouts. Harvest in 2-10 days.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Those who enjoy spicy curry dishes should try the shoots of strong-smelling fenugreek seeds. Before turning green, these yellow sprouts are used as a spice, added to flavor tea, mixed with yogurt as a conditioner for hair and used in medicine. Harvest in 2-4 days.