Why would a normal person sprout a sunflower seed?
- Germination changes the composition of seeds, increasing vitamin C, vitamin B2, B5 and B6, carotene
- Sprouting neutralises phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors
- Enzymes are produced that aid digestion
- It is very easy and quite fun
- It is tasty!
How to sprout a sunflower seed
According to Nourishing Traditions, ‘these are the most satisfactory seeds for sprouting. Sunflower sprouts are just delicious in salads, but they must be eaten shortly after sprouting is accomplished as they soon go black.’
I started with bog standard sunflower seeds from lidl. I’m sure that organic would be better, but these are all I had in my cupboard. I was pleasantly surprised that they sprouted!
Place the seeds in a jar and partly fill with water. Leave! Nourishing Traditions said these should be ready in 12-18 hours but this (on the left) is what they looked like after 18 hours. It was cold and in a fairly shady place so I moved them nearer to a window. The little tail had slightly lengthened but only if you looked really carefully.
I then rinsed them twice a day and after 2 days they were great. Here they are with a little tail to be proud of. Once they got to this stage I kept them in the fridge where they seem to have kept in good condition for a few days. They also continued to slowly grow even more.
Here they are in a loose version of a high enzyme salad with a basic dressing. Yum! This is actually a really delicious salad which I have made a few times since having the seeds. My husband is getting pretty sick of me photographing our food, so I had to quickly sneak this photo ; )