This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEA curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Gardening.
Similar to microgreens, sprouts add a freshness and crisp crunch to a meal. They are especially welcome in the periods of the year where other fresh plant foods are absent or limited. They’re incredibly easy, low effort, and they don’t need a lot of space or light. In other words, they are ideal for those living in an urban setting or small apartment.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are: Select a bean, grain or seed for consumption
In a glass jar or special container, rinse and drain the seeds daily.
When fully sprouted, show them being put to use.
To document and become certified for this BB provide photos or video (less than 2 minutes) showing the following: - Describe the plant you chose to sprout
- Image of them being added to the jar/container
- Show the sprouts after they have begun, but before they are fully matured
- Show the sprouts being used for a salad or cooked dish.
I had originally planned on doing something more common like radishes or alfalfa for my sprouts. Then I saw a bag of Einkorn for a bit more then the smaller bags of sprouting seeds. After a bit if research I picked it out for my sprouts AND will use it later to grow wheat grass for the cat...
Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat. Grains are sprouted in a process much like malting barley for brewing beer. You only grow them out until they have a bit of root showing. Then rinse and drain them, spread out on a sheet pan to dry. These sprouted grains are stored dry.
The dried sprouted gains have a chewy, nutty flavor and can be added to soup and stews for the flavor/texture and extra nutrition. They can also be either ground into flour to use in bread or left whole and used as an add in like nuts. They can also be used in porridge.
I don't have a grain mill so we have been using them in soups, meatloaf and today I made porridge with them. YUMMY my husband nearly stole my meal from me....
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