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Fenugreek Sprouts, Grow Your Own

I love to grow Fenugreek Sprouts in my kitchen. It is rewarding to see seeds sprout and grow and then to consume them. It is equally fun for my daughter to witness and participate in the process of growing food.

One of my most favorite sprouts is Fenugreek. It smells like caramel and adds depth to dishes unlike any other addition. Fenugreek sprouts are regarded as a sister herb to garlic and is considered to be on of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs.The myriad of claims in regards to it’s health benefits are as:

  • Blood cleansers
  • Diaphoretics
  • Lymphatic cleansers

Another attribute of fenugreek is it’s apparent capacity to create a protective coating over inflamed areas of the stomach and bowel including peptic ulcers. Amazing! If any of you have wheat intolerances or dairy intolerances, Fenugreek helps to decrease inflammation in the intestine which directly enhances the ability of your immune system to respond.

The Fenugreek sprout acts as an herb for dissolving mucus in the body. Here is a brief list of mucous conditions that manifest themselves in the body that may be alleviated by fenugreek consumption are:

  • Head colds
  • Influenza
  • Catarrh
  • Bronchial complaints
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Pleurisy
  • Sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Hay fever
  • Sinusitis

The Benefits of organic fenugreek sprouts include increased testosterone, increased hair growth and milk production for breast feeding mothers other fenugreek sprout side effects include breast enlargement, increased lactation, and weight loss. Wow!

Fenugreek can be used as spice, digestive aid. Fenugreek may aid in menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and breast tenderness. Fenugreek may also help to naturally lower cholesterol and aid in blood-sugar control in people who have diabetes.

Organic Fenugreek Sprouts contain choline (a fat controller) and are rich in protein, iron, and vitamins A, D and G. Fenugreek provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats and fiber. One teaspoon of fenugreek contains 12 calories, 0.85 g protein, 0.24 g fat, 0.9 g fiber, 7 mg calcium, 1.24 mg iron, 7 mg magnesium, 11 mg phosphorus and 28 mg potassium. Incredible!

The organic fenugreek sprouts are best used sparingly in salads, soups, sandwiches, curries and rice dishes.

I soak a few tablespoons of the seeds over night in a glass jar or bowl and the next day I rinse them and place in a sprouting jar. You can use a simple olive jar or mason jar with cheese cloth or a screen over the top. Place at an angle on your drying rack or anywhere where it can be and rinse twice daily. Once the sprout is twice as long as the seed, rinse and refrigerate. You can also plant the sprouted seeds and grow greens to have in salads. A true delicacy!

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