Fenugreek Sprouting Seeds have quite a strong 'curryish' taste and it is better to use a little at a time. They are also a great aid for digestion.
Fenugreek or "methi", is one of the most popular and widespread ingredients in India. Domesticated and harvested for more than 6,000 years, Fenugreek has been grown for both its delicious, fragrant maple-scent seeds as well as its aromatic leaves used in Turkish, Iranian, Egyptian, and Georgian cuisines. Fenugreek seeds are an essential component to the traditional Indian Five-Spice Blend (Panch phoron) including cumin seed, black mustard seed, fennel seed, and nigella seed. Still growing in popularity as both a herb and a seed, Fenugreek sprouts are more popular than ever before.
Fenugreek has been used in traditional Asian medicine to help alleviate menstrual cramps as well as improve breast milk production and flow. Fenugreek has a distinctive curry-like flavour and is incredibly nutritious.
Fenugreek can be grown as both a microgreen and a sprout.
How to grow Fenugreek Sprouting Seeds:
Wide mouth jars
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 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
- 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!
- An alternative could be Muslin cloth secured with a rubber band around the neck of the jar
- Replacement lid with fine sieve built-in
Place seeds in the bottom of the jar and cover with water
2. Use water that is at room temperature water that is either too hot or too cold can shock the seeds. Coldwater can also slow the germination process
3. 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
- After day 3 move to a well-lit location
- Continue the rinse cycle until harvest
- Harvest on day 5 or 6, when the leaves are open and most are green
- De-hull before refrigerating
Hulls may be removed but they are not harmful to eat, removal helps to minimise spoilage in storage.
Fenugreek may be harvested at any time you like. You are not required to go past short roots. Taste often to find your preference.
Culture for Growing As A Microgreen
Soak the seeds for 8-12 hours. Drain and rinse.
1. Sow your seeds directly on thoroughly moistened medium in a tray with holes, place in another tray without holes
2. Place another tray on top to keep light out and moisture in
3. Do NOT water until after the seeds germinate
4. Keep the medium moist by watering lightly as needed. Don't drench!
5. When the plants have 2 leaves remove the tray cover and move to a well-lit location
6. Harvest when the leaves have fully developed,using scissors or a sharp knife and cut just above the medium
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