Though it may not yet feel like it wherever you are, today is officially the First Day of Spring! Before long you’ll start noticing trees budding & early flowers poking their colorful heads above the ground – the earth coming alive again. But things aren’t just “springing” up outside your window. Sprouting brings the myriad wonders of new life right to your kitchen table all year long!
At Shiloh Farms & PureLiving, sprouting is an essential part of our heritage & we are always on the lookout for new ways to highlight sprouted grains, legumes, & seeds in our products. But you may still wonder what exactly sprouting is & why it is so important. Well, consider this your primer on all things sprouted:
What is Sprouting?
Sprouting is a natural process for preserving the many wonders of new life. Dried grains (& legumes, nuts, etc.) are essentially seeds, & as such they contain all of the nutrients necessary for creating & supporting new, living plants. However, many of these nutrients are “locked away,” remaining dormant until they are needed. Sprouting is simply the process of allowing these grains to begin germination, transforming them from hibernating seeds to living plants.
Why is Sprouting Important?
As whole grains (or legumes, seeds, etc.) begin to sprout, naturally occurring beneficial enzymes are activated, while vitamins, & minerals that normally lay dormant are released. At the same time, starches & proteins are converted into more easily digested simple sugars. These processes result in the increased bioavailability of nutrients, making them more easily absorbed by the body to provide you energy & nourishment.
How can I try it?
Shiloh Farms signature Sprouted Breads (15% off through March!) are each made from a blend of organic, sprouted whole grains. Or, try our line of PureLiving Organic Sprouted Flours & easily infuse your favorite recipes with sprouting’s many benefits. Imagine cookies, muffins, & other baked goods that are as good-for-you as they are delicious! (Need some ideas? Check out our “Recipes” page.)
If you would like to try sprouting at home, check out this step-by-step guide for sprouting beans (a similar technique can be used to sprout grains & seeds).