This New (2009) Mix really should be named Crystal's Mothers Mix
as it was suggested to us by a very thoughtful customer.
Mother's Mix is basically a Leafy Sprout Blend, but it is full of nutrients that are essential for pregnant and nursing moms. It tastes fantastic, and anyone and everyone can enjoy that!
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Yields approximately 2 Cups (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts
Prep 2 Tablespoons of seed* then transfer (if necessary) into a bowl or into your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) 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
and Drain thoroughly.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
On the 4th day relocate your sprouts if necessary, for Greening.
Avoid direct sun it may cook your sprouts - Indirect sunlight is best but virtually any light will do. Experiment - you will be amazed at how little light sprouts require to green up.
Your sprouts will be done about the end of Day 6. The majority of sprouts will have green leaves (you will recognize them).
You may De-Hull your sprouts at any time during day 5 or 6.
* If using Single Harvest Pack - use the whole bag.
These seeds yield approximately 6:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 1/7 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity (though we advise 1/8 so that you have some room to move).
We often start with 3 Tablespoons of seed but we don't mind the extra work involved in growing a dense crop. You may doubt that these little seeds will fill your sprouter, but they will. We advise everyone to start with 2 Tablespoons when learning to sprout these seeds.
When conditions are warmer your sprouts will likely grow faster. Likewise they may grow slower if conditions are very cool. As always 70° is optimal.
All sprouts generate heat while growing, which is a good thing, but it can get out of hand on occasion. When the weather is especially hot and humid you will do well to Rinse more frequently (every 8 hours if possible) using colder water than usual, to compensate.
Depending on your sprouting device, not all of your sprouts will have access to light and so some will not green. This is not only OK - it is good. The yellow sprouts will be equally nutritious (they have everything but chlorophyll) and many think them more delicious (in Europe vegetables are often grown "blanched" by avoiding light). We think they are prettier when there is a mix of green and yellow to go with the white roots. So don't sweat it - just eat more sprouts!
When using a non-tray sprouter, you can help your crop by "breaking up" your sprouts when they clump up - around day 3 or 4 and daily thereafter. We use high water pressure when Rinsing to keep our sprouts loose, but this only works for so long - so - when water isn't enough, break the clump of sprouts up using a fork or your fingers (wash your hands first please, if they need it). If you are using a sprouter that can hold water, fill it mostly full then use a fork to loosen. You can also dump your sprouts onto or into something and just shake them apart. This is by no means mandatory - this loosening - but it can be helpful in keeping your sprouts from overheating and will help more of them green. You should never be afraid*** of touching your sprouts. They are much stronger then they appear - just be reasonably gentle.
This method produces very pretty sprouts that green most evenly and whose hulls are removed most easily. They do not however, taste any better =:-}
If you grow in a Tray sprouter - like SproutMaster, your sprouts can grow vertically - leaves up, roots down. The trick to doing this is to keep your sprouts in place (don't "break them up" as you do in a non-tray sprouter) from day 3 onward. It is easy to do if, when rinsing, you use a sprayer (that attachment most sinks have - the one that pulls out and is gun-like or a faucet attachment that offers spraying when pulled down) instead of your faucet. We have grown many tons of leafy sprouts this way. Here is a breakdown of the specifics (rinse numbers are based on 12 hour intervals - adjust as needed):
Rinse 1 (right after soak): Use faucet or sprayer and rinse thoroughly (use water at high pressure and use plenty of it).
Rinse 2 and 3: Use faucet or sprayer and rinse thoroughly.
Rinse 4: Use sprayer and while rinsing thoroughly, spray your sprouts evenly accross the bottom of the tray. You can use your hands to spread them too. The goal is to spread them evenly.
Rinse 5 and 6: Use sprayer with less water pressure. Rinse well - (which since you are using less water pressure means - for a longer time) but don't disturb the sprouts.
Rinse 7 - 10: Use sprayer. You can turn the water pressure back to high - your sprouts will not be easily moved (broken up) at this point and the higher water pressure feeds oxygen to your sprouts as well as "cleaning" them, which is a wonderful way to produce healthy long lasting sprouts. Rinse and drain thoroughly.
Rinse 11 (if you need this many) or your last rinse: Use Sprayer. Hold your tray at an angle (90° will work but less is OK too) and spray across the top of the sprouts to remove hulls. We call this SHAVING and it can be done at any rinse or every rinse - starting when hulls begin to be shed by the opening leaves. Rinse down into the sprouts too.
Vertical growing CAN be done without a sprayer too but it is more difficult. If you want to try all you have to do is regulate your water pressure - trying to keep your sprouts undisturbed during rinses 4 - 6.
*** The only thing to fear is fear itself.
Most of these are the ones reccomended by Dr. James A. Duke in his book
The Green Pharmacy.
Fenugreek not only enlarges the breasts (as you mentioned) but has been shown to increase milk flow.
Garlic has been used to treat mastitis - much better than having antibiotics come through the breast milk (of course that could result in the child's tolerance to antibiotics when they need it). Also "In addition, garlic helps babies nurse better. If breastfeeding mothers eat a few cloves of garlic within an hour before nursing begins, babies attach to the breast more readily, stay there longer, suck more and drink more milk, according to studies done at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
Alfalfa - like fenugreek is also oestogenic. I.e. produce more milk.
Sesame - also good for increasing milk flow. (and ounce for ounce best source of calcium on the planet.)
And finally Broccoli. (bet you thougth I forgot!) I don't have a source to quote but did read that eating broccoli sprouts every other day locks in heart health for baby.
But wait, there's more!
From The World's Healthiest Foods:
A Birth Defect Fighter
Especially if you are pregnant, be sure to eat broccoli. A cup of broccoli supplies 94 mcg of folic acid, a B-vitamin essential for proper cellular division because it is necessary in DNA synthesis. Without folic acid, the fetus' nervous system cells do not divide properly. Deficiency of folic acid during pregnancy has been linked to several birth defects, including neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Notes from Sproutpeople
All of the seeds in this mix - except for Broccoli - are from sources which are certified organic. We know our Broccoli to be the very best sprouting Broccoli available. If we could find organic seed which came even close in quality and flavor, we would get it in a heartbeat, but we've never seen any (except for a tiny lot in 1999). We test a lot of seed every year, but the organic broccoli is always pathetic compared to ours, so we stick with the farmer we have been buying from since 1998. He assures us it has very little non-organic treatment as it grows, and none close to harvest time. We have been eating sprouts grown from this farms seed for over 11 years now - so have our children - need I say more? The other Broccoli related thing here is that the text above (from The World's Healthiest Foods) refers to mature (fully grown) Broccoli - not Broccoli sprouts. We know from RESEARCH that Broccoli sprouts contain up to 50 times the antioxidant content as mature Broccoli, and we know other sprouts to contain higher concentrations of nutrients than their mature vegetables, so the way we see it; you'll be WAY better off with the sprouts. We're talking Living Food here! Lastly - the Garlic mentioned above is mature Garlic. The seed we use and sell does not grow Garlic - it grows Garlic Chives. Though these crops are related (same Family and Genus), they are not the same, so do keep eating your garlic too =;-D
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