Have you tried adding sprouts to your salads and smoothies yet? You should. Sprouts are the nutrition-packed shoots of seeds that have been germinated, before they grow into a viable seedling. You might be familiar with the old standby, alfalfa sprouts, but these days, all kinds of sprouts are available at your grocery or health food store: bean sprouts, broccoli sprouts, chia sprouts. But the truth is that you can sprout almost anything on your countertop at home using this simple jar technique — without spending nearly any money or time. And sprouting indoors allows you to grow yummy nutritious greens even in the middle of winter when you’re garden is otherwise dormant. Sprouting in small batches at home may also help you avoid the risk of bacterial outbreaks that are somewhat common with commercially grown sprouts.
Here’s how to sprout at home, using easy-to-find lentils as an example. The same technique will work for any of the most popular plants for sprouting.