What is germination?
Germination is the primordial phase in which seeds grow to a few centimetres in length in just a few days. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they can be eaten raw or cooked.
How to start?
Before you go into the cultivation of seeds, it’s useful to know that certain retailers already sell germinated seeds (on refrigerated shelves). Sometimes, it’s possible to sample them.
First, select the seeds.
Secondly, soak them. Place the seeds in water for 1 to 2 nights (change the water every day). They will soon gorge and begin to grow.
Then put the seeds in the germinator, spacing them equidistantly so that they will be aerated as they grow.
Water them in the morning and in the evening for 3 to 5 days.
Seeds need water, air and warmth in order to grow. Make sure that they are not in direct contact with the sun.
How to store them?
What do you do when your seeds are germinated but you don’t want to eat them straight away?
You can place them in the refrigerator for a short time but be careful, don’t consume them after more than 3 days or if they are giving off a decaying smell.
On the nutrient side?
The nutritional benefits of shoots are not at their trial cost!
Germinated seeds are full of micro-nutrients: vitamins (A, E, C, D, K, vitamin B complex) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium …). They are also fantastic sources of amino acids, fibre, and antioxidants.
Avoid cooking germinated seeds, they will lose all their benefits.
On the profit side?
These little vitamin bombs are unbeatable! They improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, fight against the common cold …