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What is the difference between sprouts and seeds?

Seeds are the dry, dormant life vessels that become activated by the contact with life giving water. Once activated the seeds are considered sprouting and after visible change are then considered sprouts..

What are shoots?

After the sprouted seeds are grown in soil or some other medium and then cut at the base for harvesting, these are considered shoots.

Would these seeds for sprouting grow to full term given the right conditions as in growing vegetables?

Yes, but you may wait up to 120 days

How can I produce my own seeds?

You can grow the seedlings to full term and let them go to flower stage. After the flowers die off and dry, the dried flowers will contain seeds which will enable you to start again.

Why is the Kitchen Garden jar method considered superior to to other sprouting systems?

Many reasons, hygiene may be one of the primary reasons. Glass jars are easily cleaned compared to the other systems. The plastic tiered systems are notoriously hard to clean, the base of the sprouts are always living in a damp environment thus making then susceptible to decay and fungus and are not as tasty as the jar grown. The watering of the tiers transport the anti-enzymes to the lower levels depriving them of fresh water and they often transport small seeds into the drainage holes where they block the watering and lastly being plastic they may leach out chemicals which may make their way into your body resulting in deleterious effects..Sprout bags are also very difficult to clean.

Why do some of the Brassica varieties sometimes develop what looks like a white fungus in the early stages?

These are in fact root hairs searching for moisture and they will disappear just as soon as they are watered.

How will you know if the sprouts are bad?

They will smell bad and the rinse water will be cloudy. If in doubt, toss it out!

Are all sprouts edible and are there any precautions for certain sprouts?

Generally fruit seed sprouts are not considered edible; also sprouts from the Nightshade family such as tomato, chili, etc should be avoided. Red Kidney beans also should be avoided as they may have a toxin in the sprouting stage. Caution should be exercised if juicing Buckwheat sprouts as there may be a common photosensitivity (light sensitive) attributed to excessive consumption of Buckwheat juice.

Where can I get sprouts?

From seeds and you can grow them yourself or check at your local health food store or food co-op..

Should all varieties of seeds be soaked overnight?

The soft seeds such as Sunflower without the shell, after removing broken seeds and rinsing no soaking is necessary and Fubol lentils should be thouroghly washed and soaked for about 20 minutes.

How long do onion seeds take to sprout?

You will only notice something happening after about 5 days and generally they take 10 days till harvesting.

What is the best way to deal with the gelatinous type of seeds such as Flax, Yellow Mustard, Chia etc?

These types are not suitable for jar sprouting but are best sprouted on a wet surface. I use "wonder cloth" super absorbent found in the cleaning section of the supermarkets mostly orange or yellow, cut to insert onto the drip tray and I cover this with a natural cloth such as hemp or linen. I then broadcast the seed and I use a spray mister to ensure the seeds remain moist. Soon you will have a carpet of green which can be harvested as required by cutting with a scissors

What is the best way to sprout Buckwheat?

The unhulled black Buckwheat seed sprouts best in soil but the hulled Buckwheat will do fine in the jars providing they are washed thoroughly during the soaking process to remove the gelatinous coatings and removing the small particles during the growing phase

Where do you get your seeds from??

If I were to tell you, I would have to make you my partner; I source them from a variety of farmers, wholesalers, co-operatives etc.