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General Questions

To get started with the eSprouting sprouting system, follow these quick steps:

1. Add Seeds

Add seeds to your virtual granary from our list of predefined seeds and grains

2. Select Container

Choose your home sprouters and containers from our list of containers

3. Grow Sprouts

Sprout your seeds with us by clicking the Sprout button on the Granary page

You have a choice among various types of containers listed. However, if you do not see the container you want on the list, please send a request via Contact Us and we will gladly add it to the list

Yes, absolutely. Click on the Add Seeds or Sprout Mix button on the Granary page and enter the name for the kind of seeds (or sprout mix) you would like to add. If the name of the seeds is not in our database you will be given the option of creating a new name by clicking the Create New Seeds or Create New Mix button.

Go to the Granary page and click on the Seeds or Sprout Mix name you want to modify. Select the "Use my customized parameters" option and you will be given an opportunity to customize all sprouting parameters.

Some people like eating a fairly large variety of grains and seeds at the beginning of their living and growing phase. Therefore, much of the natural power and micro elements are still preserved in the seed, rather than being used for growing. This type of sprouting is called "short sprouting".

"Normal sprouts" are grown hydroponically without any medium needed. They are kekpt moist and at room temperature until they germinate. The entire sprout is meant to be consumed, including the root.

"Microgreens" are grown in some type of medium, like soil. They are harvested after they have established roots and opened their cotyledons. They are harvested above their roots and only the stems and leaves are meant to be consumed.

The system is able to determine gaps in your schedule and advises correspondingly

What the system does is basically assign a maximum of 15% for each day, depending on the number of harvests occurring that day and whether this number is greater or equal to the preferred count of daily intake defined on the Preference page. The system will automatically add another 5% when you have sproutings scheduled for the 8th day and thereafter. The Weekly Sprout Intake degree does not take into account today's sproutings.

Questions About Sprouting

It takes just a few seconds each day to sprout at home and the benefits are that you can produce a very nice portion of the nutrients you need on a daily basis from freshly grown produce. This is very easy to do and costs very little to grow wonderful tasting fresh produce. All you need is a jar, a bit of netting or a screen and by rinsing the sprouts a couple of times a day, you can have delicious tasting organically grown sprouts in as little as 4 to 6 days.

A 1 to 4-litre jar (1-quart to 1-gallon), depending on how many people you plan on feeding

The right size and weight bowl for propping up the jar

A bit of netting or screen, nylon tulle bought from a fabric store or a grey screen made of fibreglass bought from a hardware store, either will work just fine.

Rubber band

Fresh clean water

Preferably organically grown seeds with good germination. Avoid buying garden seeds unless they have not been treated. You can find the usual sprouting seeds in most natural or organic food stores. If you have any doubt, just ask if the seeds are organic. Buy in bulk if you happen to know a farmer that doesn't use chemicals and grows the kind of seeds you want. You can keep most seeds for an entire year if they're stored in a cool dry place.

A home sprouting device can also be used. The brands we recommend are EasyFarm or SproutMaster. Simply follow the directions provided with the device.

Yes, sprouts will still grow without direct sunlight coming in from a window. Sprouts actually grow best when placed in indirect light. In fact, direct sunlight will harm these baby plants, as they're very fragile. Many sprouts, like chickpeas and lentils, do not need any light at all. Sprouts that grow green leaves, like alfalfa, red clover, sunflower shoots, wheatgrass, etc. do need some light to become green. Indirect sunlight works well, but if you don't have a window you can use an indoor light of any type. But, do not place the light close to the sprouts. Some sprouts are actually grown in the dark, such as popcorn and mung beans and if they come in contact with light, their leaves turn bitter.

Soil is not absolutely necessary because the roots of most microgreens do not mature enough to actually absorb nutrients from soil. In fact, most of the nutrients found in sprouts and microgreens are derived from the seed itself, and maybe a bit from water. A study done at the University of Massachusetts done on wheatgrass, grown both hydroponically and in soil found that they had basically the same content of vitamins and minerals. However some people think microgreens taste sweeter when grown in good quality organic soil.

Questions on Raw & Living Foods

Raw and living foods still contain their natural enzymes. Generally, when you heat food more than 116 degrees F, the enzymes are destroyed. In fact, the enzymes will start degrading once the food reaches 106 degrees F. This means that all cooked foods are devoid of enzymes. Moreover, cooking food changes its molecular structure and makes it toxic. Raw and living foods have far more nutritional value than cooked foods.
Enzymes have a vital role in assisting the process of digestion as well as the absorption of food. If the food you eat has no enzymes, your body must resort to using its own ferments in order for the food to be used. These ferments act as a "battery," one that can't be recharged. It makes no sense to essentially drain your battery when instead you can utilize what is provided in raw and living foods.
Vegans and vegetarians eat a plant-based diet only. People who follow a raw and living food diet believe in consuming only unheated, uncooked, unprocessed organically grown plant-based foods.
People following a diet of raw and living foods eat all fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, sprouts, vegetables (including sea vegetables) and other types of organically grown natural foods that haven't been processed. In certain instances, they prepare their foods in special ways, for example: raw and living foodists usually soak or sprout their grains, nuts and seeds before eating them.