Hulled (out of shell) Pumpkins are a very quick crop. They soak for only an hour and are nutritional dynamos at that point. They don't store long, but they taste so good that that isn't usually a concern. Do not try to grow them longer or store them more than a day or so - they just don't do that.
We consider these SOAKS, as opposed to SPROUTS.
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Pumpkin Note: I have to admit; I am almost sick of looking for sprouting pumpkin seeds. Over the past 14 years I have tested more bad lots of pumpkin than any other seed - and I haven't seen a GREAT lot for over 5 years. The difficulty is this: To sprout, we need to start with either Hulled or Naked (grown without a hull) seeds. Naked are far preferable but Naked seeds are almost impossible to find. Hulled seeds often sprout poorly, though I don't know why in this case. We need pumpkin for Madison Market Mix - otherwise we'd probably stop carrying it. It works in the mix because there are very few pumpkin seeds relative to the other seeds. But pumpkins are very nutritious and they are very tasty fresh - so - for solo sprouting we have this solution: Grow them only 12-24 hours and eat them all at that stage - fresh. do not store the sprouts - they keep poorly (even in a perfect world pumpkins are about as bad a keeper as any sprout). As with all edible sprouting seeds - they are alive and super nutritious once soaked.
Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.)
Prep 2/3 Cup 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 1-4 hours.
We soak for 1 hour in our house.
Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
Note: Pumpkins tend to be a bit on the "dusty" side (it is a by product of the hulling process) so rinse and rinse some more - until the water runs clear from your sprouter.
and Drain thoroughly.
We stop here.
These are Soaks.
We eat them all now, we don't refrigerate them.
As with all seeds, once they have soaked up water they are alive and are now super nutritious. They are already without enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you.
If you must refrigerate them:
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal).
Your crop can be refrigerated in 8-12 hours.
The goal is to minimize the surface moisture of your crop - - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.
Note: Pumpkins do not store well in the refrigerator. We generally expect only a few days at best. We eat ours immediately - these don't keep well - but they sure taste great - so Eat 'em Fresh!
* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bag.
Remember that the yield will be approximately 1.5:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity.
Pumpkins are a pretty high end sprouting seed. They are expensive and the finished sprout is best eaten immediately. Pumpkins can sprout a nice little tail, but they are best as "Soaks" - where they don't put out more than a bulge at their germ (tip). As we always suggest - taste them at every stage - right after soaking at again at every rinse/drain - and see how you like them best. They are exceptional, buttery flavored delights.
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