Thought of the Week – Sprouts


It is time for a new TOW! This week I want to show you (ok, actually describe you), how to grow sprouts inside. I learned that in Kindergarten and still enjoying it, probably because it is so easy, healthy and delicious. Sprouts bring a bit of green to your kitchen all year round and are also a wonderfully fresh ingredient for salads, sandwiches, dips, etc. If you grow them in small bunches and add one or two colored eggs, they are also a wonderful Easter gift for a loved one.

You can find the seeds almost everywhere, be it in the supermarket, hardware store or garden center. To start your sprouts just grab a plate and line it with folded, dripping wet paper towels. Distribute the sprout seeds evenly. Be generous, the closer the seeds lay the more dense and beautiful will your little field be. Sprouts are absolutely undemanding and need neither soil nor fertilizer to grow. Just cover the plate with a transparent cake dome or place it in a plastic bag, blow some air in it and seal the bag with a rubber band. Open both versions once a day to prevent mold. Also check whether the paper towel is still wet and, if necessary, add some water. The perfect place for your sprout greenhouse is in a bright spot with no direct sunlight.

After about two weeks, the seeds will germinate and have small, about 10 cm high stems with two tiny leaves. Your sprout seedlings are now ready to eat. Cut them off close above the mini-roots. If you always want to have fresh sprouts on hand you can sow and harvest in alternation. Start one plate and another one a week later, harvest the sprouts from the first plate one week after that and sow new seeds, harvest the sprouts from the second plate in the following week and sow new seeds, …

Thanks to their fantastic features, sprouts are perfect for young and old alike. Children love to watch how fast the nice little plants grow, mommies have fun to treat their kids with green confetti, and grandfathers enjoy to make a great snack for their grandchildren and themselves. Even for managers, the tiny sprouts are a fun “garden project”. They live up to their promise, are effective and efficient, and contain mustard oil glycosides, which, thanks to their digestive and circulation-enhancing effects, prevent typical stress diseases. If you do not have any problems with that, you can just enjoy the slightly spicy taste that also accounts to the described ingredient.

Sprouts really are the perfect all-in-one package: they are easy to grow, super healthy and, thanks to their delicious, spicy flavor, they go great with a lot of dishes such as coleslaw or herring salad, as topping on pumpkin soup or on a homemade bread with Easter eggs.