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Sprouts and Sprouting

Dana Tomlin makes sprouting simple with an overview of the types of seeds and legumes you can use to grow your own sprouts. She also suggests ways to enjoy these tasty, nutrient-packed power houses.

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Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Dana Tomlin, and I am the deli manager at Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas.

What I have here are a wide range of seeds that turn into sprouts. I'm going to walk you through the different types of items that you can sprout and what they look like when they're done.

Types of sprouts

Garbanzo sprouts

So here I have garbanzo seeds, and they turn into garbanzo sprouts. They have little bit of a baby sprout—not very long. They look a lot like an onion.

Sunflower sprouts

Here we have sunflower seeds that turn into these beautiful little plants right here. They're really tender and really green. Fantastic for adding to salads.

Alfalfa sprouts

This middle one right here are alfalfa seeds. Alfalfa is one of the easiest to sprout. When you sprout alfalfa, it turns into this, which is beautiful and easy to put in salads or sandwiches, anything like that.

Mixed variety sprouts

Right here is a seed mix. It's got about three to five different types of seeds. Lots of different flavors and textures.

Broccoli sprouts

We have broccoli seed right here, which is really nice because it gives you a little bit of that broccoli bite. This can add a little zest to your food.

Lentil sprouts

And then we have lentil sprouts, which are really fun. If you're used to seeing lentils like this, which you turn into lentil soup, now it's sprouts with little baby tails.

Sprouting is really good because it unlocks nutrients in the seeds, and then you can eat little baby plants while they're in their prime.

I'm Dana Tomlin with Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, Texas, for Co+op, stronger together.