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Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts
Put 1/2 Cup of seed* into a bowl or your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70°) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.
Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water.
Note: Orange Lentils produce starchy water. They won't sprout too well unless you get rid of it - so Rinse and Rinse and Rinse until the water runs clear. It can take a little while - but don't skimp.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
We usually stop here. We like our sprouts small.
Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for up to 6 days. However - we prefer to sprout only to the point where most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/4 inch) roots, which is typically after just 3 Rinse and Drain cycles.
Note: Not all Lentils will sprout at the same time. They are close enough to mix together certainly, so we mix them. You Don't have to wait for all of them to actually pop a root (sprout) - it isn't necessary and it can cause some of your seeds to over-sprout, but it is your choice.
As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at EVERY RINSE - including the very first - just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and though they may not be their most nutritious they are still very nutritious - they are already without enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed!) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you.
Grow them for as long as you like (as long as you continue to Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours) and find out for yourself when they are most delicious! If you grow for a week you'll get some plants growing as well as roots. Experiment! Have Fun! It's All Good!
Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.
The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good too - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.
* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bag.
Remember that the yield will be approximately 2:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 1/2 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity (though we advise 1/3 so that you have some room to move).
Many colors in different sizes but always the same lovely shape, lentils are one of the greatest seeds on Earth! The seed itself remains viable (it germinates well) for years, they sprout fast and with minimal effort, they taste great as 2 day sprouts and some people like them as 7 day sprouts with tiny plants growing out one end (we prefer them at 2-3 days, personally), the sprouts can last in your refrigerator for 2 months (that's extreme) and they can be eaten raw or cooked in a multitude of ways - their unique shape means they'll even stay on a sandwich!
We offer these lentils:
Black Food is all too rare - and beautiful and Lentils are our favorite sprout - this is a fantastic seed. Very easy to grow.
Another in our beautiful and delicious and easy to grow Lentil line, Crimson Lentils are smaller and plumper and of a darker orange than Red Chief. Exceptionally beautiful!
A small green Lentil, Eston, as you might expect, is beautiful, tasty and easy to grow. Truely exquisite!
The most unusual of the Lentils - they are mottled blue with green and black highlights. As with all lentils these are very delicious and very easy to grow.
The most common Lentil, Greens are the largest, and are equally easy to grow and very delicious, as well as the least expensive.
These lentils have their thin skin removed to reveal their gorgeous bright orange color. These are rarely available as sprouting seeds so get 'em while you can - when we have 'em!
|As with all crops of orange lentils there is a fairly high percentage of split seeds. These are very good as far as oranges go, but we have to warn you that they are not as easy to deal with as the other lentils,|
Tastes great and is gorgeous (sorry we don't have a picture yet). Kind of a cross (visually) of Crimson and French Blue. Hard to keep in stock.
Another beautiful, delicious and Easy to grow Lentil, Red Chief will shed their skins when sprouted to reveal a gorgeous bright orange color.
Another great tasting Lentil, Whites range in color from white to light green. They are not nearly as white as blacks are black but they are a great addition to any lentil collection just the same.
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Back in 2001 we were still using the phone. One day I was talking to a long-time customer while pushing my (then 4 year old) daughter on the swing in our backyard (this is what a mom n' pop business is like on the internet). It dawned on me that my priorities were severely messed up, so I stopped using the phone. I love to talk and I love to help, but my family would never see me if I picked up the phone again, and that's just wrong don't you think?!
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We have been an internet only business since 2001. We are not a big corporation. We are but 2 people, Mom n' Pop Sprout. We decided after years of juggling our family's (kids, dogs, cats and even our own) needs, and the needs of Sproutpeople, that we had to make more time for our kids, so we stopped talking on the phone. All calls go to voice mail and have since 2001.
We are very fast to fill orders and answer e-mail, and though we wish we could make the time to talk, we just can't seem to get more minutes into a each hour. We are many years older than when we started and our days are too short and made up of too few hours to do everything. This limitation in our business has not kept us from pleasing our customers, nor from growing (as we have every year since 1993). We do what we do as well as we can, and we think we do it very well indeed.
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