Top 10 Sprouting Seeds

There are many sprouting seeds to grow and eat, but here are our top choices. Sow a new batch each week and you can be munching on them all year round.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
  • Alfalfa Sprouts Give Crispy Crunch to Salads

    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 Sprouts are Popular in Asian Dishes

    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 Bean Sprouts Often Used in Stir Fries

    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.

  • Lentil Sprouts are Great Source of Iron

    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 Bean Sprouts have Strong Nutty Taste

    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.

  • Colorful Beet Sprouts Come From Leafy Vegetable

    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 Sprouts have Peppery Taste

    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 Pea Sprouts Add Sweet Taste to Foods

    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 Pea Sprouts Give Sweet Taste to Foods

    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 Sprouts are Often Used in Curry Dishes

    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.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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