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What is a Sprout?
So, what is a sprout really? Well basically put, a sprout is a seed that has been watered, germinated and started their growth. Sprouts are also referred to as micro greens. A sprout is really more of an action that the seed has sprouted. That seed has grown to a certain stage of development, but has not become a mature plant. Usually no more than a 2-week duration of growth. A sprout can grow to a certain stage of development needing absolutely nothing more than water and a little light. Once the sprout breaks through the stage of its infancy, the structure of the sprout starts to become more rigid. That is when it becomes harder to chew because it gets more fiberous. The sprout has a mission. Extract energy from the sunlight to grow. When their growth starts changing from sprout to plant, we stop them at their nutritional high point and consume them.
You have seen the sprout trays and how we grow the sprouts we assume. The truth is that as soon as these sprouts go towards being a plant, they are so overcrowded the way we grow them that they would die off due to overcrowding roots. We are really not interested in their ‘long term’ survival. With seeds, there are row spacings and seed spacings to grow them efficiently as plants for reproduction and harvesting. We are not worried about that stage or methodology. We grow and cut long before they start looking for nutrients to come from the soil to survive.
We eat them because they are packed with chlorophyll, nutrients, proteins, fats and enzymes that are extremely beneficial to our health.
In a nutshell, that’s what sprouts are.
With wheatgrass, where the jointing phase begins with wheatgrass the sprout quickly changes structure to go to seed. Basically, it is a reproduction process. One wheatgrass seed germinates, sprouts and grows. Its purpose it to grow a seed pod with, you guessed it, a bunch more seeds than it started from. Once the sprout hits the phase where it goes to this jointing, it is going to start changing composition to feed the growth in a way that assists with that reproduction process. Wheatgrass needs a hard structure to grow verticle, so it makes a hard stalk to rise up and stand. We are interested in the sprout because there is no better time to harvest the wheatgrass than when it is just the thin blades of grass. The genetics behind this stage suggest it is at its optimum nutrition in this stage. It only seems to reason too. It needs the energy to build a root and leaf structure to support the production of its offspring.
Sunflower sprouts are just like the wheatgrass or any other sprout. We like Black Oil Sunflower seeds because the shells pop off fairly easy and on their own for the most part. When they grow, you will see the seed with a stalk growing upwards. As the first two leaves start to grow larger, they generally just push the shell off. As the sprout continues its growth, the stalk grows longer and the leaves meatier. When you start to see growths in between these first two leaves, that is where we cut them. It is where two more leaves will start growing. At that point, the stem will be a few inches high and start to become a plant. It needs to start making hard stringy fibers that hold it more vertical with ease. It gets harder and harder; taller and taller. Quite different than its infancy stage. In the sprout stage, it is non-fiberous, easily masticated and quite nutritious.
Pea Greens, well taste just like peas. They just grow vertical with a few leaves on the top. Eat them or juice them. They are easy to grow, eat, juice and enjoy.
Are your sprouts and seeds Organic and Non-GMO
Yes. Absolutely all sprouts and seeds are 100% USDA certified organic and grown in an organic soil as well.
Can a certified organic product contain GMO (genetically modified)
No, Absolutely no genetic modification. The very term certified organic means by definition it has not been genetically modified in any way. If it has you cannot certify it organic.