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?