I’ve been sprouting for a couple of years now. No, I’m not talking about having an untimely growth spurt – I’m talking about healthy edible sprouts. In the beginning we bought the standard jar and the seeds, and we proceeded to try all kinds of sprouts. We loved it. But it seemed I could never crank out enough for my sprout-loving family. A sprouting jar provided more that those measly overpriced packages at the store, but 3 to 5 days of waiting for our sprouts to grow and we’d eat them all in one evening with our dinner salad. So when I got the chance to try Wheatgrass.com’s Sprout Garden, I happily accepted.
The kit offers 3 roomy sprouting trays with lids – and they stack! This is a big bonus to me, owner of what feels like the worlds most cramped kitchen. The trays are neatly stacked in a corner, and unlike the jar I don’t have to worry about keeping them out of the light since they’re fully covered. Wheatgrasskits.com provided me with some organic alfalfa seeds and an organic bean salad mix, both of which I tested right away. I filled the third tray with radish seeds purchased from my local health food store.
Just as promised, I had a bumper crop of sprouts in about 4 days. The alfalfa took approximately 3 days, the beans about 4 days. Surprising to me was the discovery that my radish seeds from the health food store did not provide the same impressive results as Wheatgrass.com’s seeds. My conclusion is that the radish seeds were probably too old, having sat on a store shelf for an untold length of time, whereas Wheatgrass.com’s seeds are definitely fresh.
The kit claims you can obtain up to 4 pounds of sprouts with the 3 trays, and although I didn’t weigh mine, I’ve no doubt that is accurate. As you can see by the photo to the right, one tray provided us with all that alfalfa! And with the kit’s excellent advice for keeping the sprouts fresh, we were able to maintain our first crop until we were done eating them about a week later.
I’ve sprouted two more rounds of seeds, even tried some garbanzo beans I had in the cupboard. (Ick on that one. But hey, my birds love them.) Throughout our various experiments with the kit, my enthusiasm remains. So far, the Sprouter Garden is the most fun, practical, and productive sprouting method I’ve tried. It’s simple to handle, well thought out, and even drains and stores easily. I do believe we’ll be enjoying this one for a long time to grow!
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