After trying the Raw Health Buckwheat Snax, I thought I would try sprouting my own buckwheat. I have a sprouting jar, but it rarely gets used. Actually, I go thorough phases. Trouble is I get bored waiting for the sprouts. Then I panic about using them when they are ready. I thought it was time for a revival.
So, why sprout? What you are doing is allowing the seeds to germinate, moving them from a dormant to an active state. The nutrients which are stored in the seed waiting to give it the power to grow into a plant are activated.
Another reason is that soaking, and thus germinating, seeds helps to break down the phytic acid. I think I mentioned phytic acid before when I was activating my nuts :-) Quick lowdown: it is a toxin found in the husk/skin of many grains, nuts and seeds. Breaking down toxins makes the foods easier to digest and extract the nutrients from. Just a note here, not all toxins are broken down, and there has been some discussion about whether they are still toxic in this state. As with anything moderation is the key – just don’t overdo it :-)
Finally, sprouts are said to be alkalizing. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, and Victoria Beckham are said to follow an Alkaline Diet which claims to be able to heal a variety of ailments in addition to weight loss.
I’ve given some references below for further reading.
I’ve not tried sprouting buckwheat before, but then I am relatively new to buckwheat. Guidelines said to soak them for 1 hour, I left them for a couple of hours when I went out to my exercise class. Obviously you don’t have to start on a Saturday :-) here is how it went for me:
Saturday morning – soak a couple tablespoons of buckwheat groats for 1-4 hours
After a couple of hours drain and rinse the groats. Buckwheat groats are notoriously slimy so give them a good rinse. Put them back into your jar and allow any excess water to drain away. This is easy with a sprouting jar, but you could just place some fine mesh (tights for example) over the jar opening.
Place in a sunny spot for a couple of days, rinsing once or twice a day. I went away for the night, and when I came back on Sunday this is what greeted me:
Yay! Mini sprouts. This is all I required them for, but you could leave for a day or two more if you want proper tails on them.
I put my buckwheat groats on the dehydrator on Sunday night. Most of them fell through. Never mind. When I got up 8 hours or so later I had perfectly dry sprouted buckwheat groats.
Check back later in the week to find out what I made with them. OK, you’re not daft, you know I’m making my own version of the buckwheat snax I reviewed earlier in the week. Check back to find out the recipe for these:
- Nouveau Raw: How to sprout and use buckwheat groats
- Sarah Wilson: How to make your own sprouts
- Girl on Raw: How to sprout buckwheat
Have you tried sprouting seeds/nuts/legumes? How do you use yours?