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Sprouting Seeds

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Freshly grown organic sprouts add taste and texture, as well as nutrients, to salads and sandwiches. Sprouting your own seeds is very simple and quite fun -- and believe it or not, you can sprout seeds right in your kitchen in two to five days.

Seeds for Sprouting
There are a variety of seeds that, when sprouted, taste delicious. Make sure the seeds you use are intended for sprouting and have been tested negative for the presence of E. coli and salmonella.

- Onion: a wonderful spicy taste
- Broccoli: a pleasant, light taste
- Alfalfa: very popular, light taste
- Radish, daikon: crisp, spicy seedlings with white stems and green leaves
- Radish, China rose: crisp green leaves with red stems
- Mung beans: taste great in Asian dishes
- Mustard: a sharp, spicy taste
- Red Russian kale: a sweet, mild taste
- Fenugreek: rich-tasting
- Wheat: sweet with a malt taste

Sprouting How-To
Once you have decided which seeds you would like to sprout, then it's time to start sprouting with the Bioset Seed Sprouter, a specialized germinator from Johnny's Selected Seeds.

1. Place one kind of seeds evenly in tray.

2. Place the water vessel tray on top.

3. Fill the top tray with water twice a day -- the moisture and humidity are controlled through the bioset. The water is siphoned throughout the sprouter. The plants grow upward separately.

4. Once sprouts are ready, rinse them under running water and eat.

Resources
The Bioset Seed Sprouter and various Seeds for Sprouting are available at Johnny's Selected Seeds. Special thanks to Johnny's for giving a catalog and coupon to our studio audience.

Comments (4)

  • 15 Mar, 2011

    Hey my code didn't work. Can someone fix that for me? Thanks. I think that this is a great site to check out if you are looking for some seeds.

  • 15 Mar, 2011

    I am really glad that it was mentioned that you should check for E. coli and other issues. That can really cause some problems if your <a href="http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/seed.htm">sprouting seeds</a> are not clean. Great episode though.

  • 16 Jun, 2008

    Im so glad i watched today - recently started learning about organic gardening and am excited to get one of the seed sprouters. Agree with PennyLane13 a discount for your tv viewers would be terrific also!

  • 8 Apr, 2008

    It's always nice to see when retailers mentioned on your show, such as Johnny's was today, are gracious enough to give each studio audience member a free catalog and a discount coupon for their products or services ... but what about your loyal t.v. viewers who can't make it to the studio?!?! Perhaps they could also offer your t.v. viewers a similar discount by entering a unique code when we order, like maybe "Martha"!?!? Thank You.