Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum), also known as Garbanzo or Chana, are one of the most nutritious and protein-rich seeds. Chickpeas are also the easiest seed to sprout and are a great way to start sprouting for anyone wanting to try for the first time, taking only a few days before you can harvest delightful nutty and nutritional sprouts.
The chickpea bean is widely sown as a culinary staple throughout much of Asia, with nearly 70% of the world's production coming from India.
Chickpea sprouts are delightfully crunchy adding a new healthy twist to salads and sandwiches. Whereas Chickpea microgreens are a great addition to stir fries.
How to grow Chickpea Sprouting Seeds:
Wide mouth jars
Chickpea Sprouting Seeds
Soak the seeds in water at room temperature - there should be enough water to cover the seeds. When choosing a container to soak your seed in bear in mind that seeds swell up to 4 times their original size during this period. The seeds should be left for roughly 8-12 hours as a guide, beans and grains need at least this length of time and smaller seed may need less.Soaking is how we begin the sprouting process in most cases. Thendrain the seed and follow the instructions below.
- Make sure that the jars are super clean and sterile
a. Use a screw top lid and simply drill or punch several holes in the lid but not too large, the water needs to be able to drain, but not the seed!
b. An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
c. Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
d. Use water at room temperature, water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Cold water can also slow the germination process
e. Don't put too much seed in the jar, allow the seed sufficient room to expand insufficient space will lead to mould issues as air cannot circulate sufficiently
- After the initial soak of 8-12 hours, the water needs to be emptied and filled back up with room temperature water
- Turn the jar upside down and let the water drain out, the seeds should be left damp and not swimming in the water
- Rinse 2-3 times per day with room temperature water
- Chickpea's don't need light to germinate so you can keep them in a low light environment. Growing in light may make them taste bitter
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest, typically 2-3 days
- De-hulling before refrigerating is not necessary
Hulls may be removed but they are not harmful to eat, removal helps to minimise spoilage in storage.
Culture for growing Chickpeas as a Microgreen
Soak the seeds for 24 hours. Rinse and drain.
1. Sow your seeds directly on thoroughly moistened medium in a tray with holes, place in another tray without holes
2. Place in a low lit location
3. Keep the medium moist by watering lightly as needed. Don't drench!
4. Harvest when the leaves are 2.5cm - 5cm tall, around day 7-10,using scissors or a sharp knife and cut just above the medium
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