I did another batch of sprouts, as noted in Sprouts and Wishful Thinking. Actually two batches: One of lentils and one of mung beans.
You might remember that I did a batch of wheat sprouts and was less than impressed. My expectations were for something like the bean sprouts you get at the store. They were way too sweet for my tastes. I've had a number of comments and a couple of emails telling me to sprout the wheat, dry it and use it in wheat bread. I understand that this will make the bread much more healthy, but honestly, it's just too much work!
The mung bean and lentils were much more to my liking.
After soaking for a couple of hours, I drained them and put them in a warm, dark cabinet. They started sprouting by the next day. Here are the mung beans -
You rinse and drain them twice a day, and they really go to town. After two more days, they really had taken off -
By the end of day 4, they were big, fat juicy sprouts. I've been using them in lieu of lettuce on sandwiches.
The first batch of mung beans sprouts lasted exactly 1 day. I had a couple of sandwiches and put the rest on a seafood salad. Very, very good stuff. So good, I forgot to take pictures of them fully sprouted..... my bad!
BUT, I took this picture yesterday. These are the lentil sprouts on a Spam sandwich (yes, I actually like the stuff!) -
The lentil sprouts taste a little different than the mung bean sprouts. When eaten alone, they've got a slightly astringent aftertaste. Not bad, just different from the mung beans. They still have the "sprout taste" ("taste the green color" as commenter Shy Wolf put it) I was looking for, so they'll be a regular part of my sprout harvesting.
They also lasted a very long time. These sprouts went into the fridge a week and a half ago, and were still crisp and very tasty.
I stopped by the home of my buddy's home who I had helped with his potato crop. I was a bit worried, as right after everything went in, we got hit with a week straight of very heavy rains and rough weather. Hail storms, tornadoes (yeah, here in Northern Cal) and no sun.
I figured everything would be washed away.
Au contraire, mon frere -
Yep, we've had a good past week of sun, and nature it taking hold. Not everything, but most of his stuff is starting to sprout.
I only cared about one crop - da spuds. They just started breaking ground on Sunday. All of the white potatoes have started coming up, but only a couple of the reds.
Here's one of the spunky white spuds -
Sure, mock me now. But when I'm hip-high in 'taters, who'll be mocking then, huh? ;-)
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