I recently bought a big bag of soft white wheat berries to sprout since I now own a grain mill. This is one of those ‘basic’ recipes that is the base of many more in Nourishing Traditions, including casseroles, sprouted flour, and even a tonic called rejuvelac.
The process of germination not only produces vitamin C but also changes the composition of grain and seeds in numerous beneficial ways. Sprouting increasesvitamin B content, especially B2, B5 and B6. Carotene increases dramatically—sometimes eightfold. Even more important, sprouting neutralizes phytic acid, a substance present in the bran of all grains that inhibits absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc; sprouting also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors present in all seeds. These inhibitors can neutralize our own precious enzymes in the digestive tract. Complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are broken down during sprouting, and a portion of the starch in grain is transformed into sugar. Sprouting inactivates aflatoxins, potent carcinogens found in grains. Finally, numerous enzymes that help digestion are produced during the germination process.
Bottom line: sprouting increases the nutrition in grains, and it’s easy!
It was easier and quicker to sprout these than I thought, probably because it’s still in the 70’s here in Oregon (we had a bit of fall weather then it went away!). I swear it only took one day for the berries to sprout, and then two days to look like the picture above. Your results will vary depending on the freshness of the wheat berries and the temperature.
Tips for making Wheat berry sprouts
- Use a sprouting screen or cheesecloth with a rubber band on the jar.
- I prefer to use no more than 1 cup of wheat berries per quart jar so they have room to sprout
Sprouted Wheat Berries
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- Place wheat berries in mason jar and put on the sprouting screen lid.
- Fill up the jar with water, and then drain away that water.
- Fill up the jar with water again and don’t drain it for 24 hours.
- Rinse the wheat berries, and place jar on its side and tilted so that water can drain out, leaving some air space on the screen.
- The sprouts will be ready in 1-4 days depending on temperature.
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