Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!
So what exactly is there to know about sprouts?
Mullumbimby naturopath Ruth Hanrahan, who grows a variety of legume sprouts for the Sproutlovers stall at Mullumbimby Farmers Markets, says there’s a huge increase to a seed’s enzyme level when it sprouts.
Sprouting also makes a seed easier to digest, which means our bodies are better able to absorb the goodness it contains.
The good news is sprouts grow in all seasons!
Sproutlovers stock a full range of sprouted legumes through winter and Ruth suggests upping your consumption of fenugreek sprouts through this time to help with immune system and digestive health and clearing congestion from colds.
‘Some people find they eat less fresh, raw food or less salad through winter, so sprouts are a good booster to your diet,’ Ruth says.
‘Toss them in at the end of a stir fry or use a topping for soup like miso or Asian noodles.’
Other uses include adding a fresh, nutty crunch to any hot dish (just don’t heat completely through, so as to retain their nutritional value); or added as nibbles to a lunchbox (sprinkle with dukkah or seasoning for extra flavour).
Ruth’s partner Michael runs the Sproutlovers stall and also works locally as a landscaper, so he appreciates the connection the community.
‘It’s been great being at the Mullum Farmers Markets and getting to know people over the years…There’ve been some great conversations,’ Michael says.
A favourite memory is impromptu music around the sprout stall.
‘We’ve shared in creating songs with customers and sprout stall neighbour ‘Luc-Ukulele’; this is all unique to the market and makes it so enjoyable,’ Michael says.
‘We like to be part of a thriving sustainable community. We’re living off grid – caring for endangered ecology around our home – and providing fresh nutrient-rich food to very appreciative customers,’ he says.
To add some flair to your dishes this season, or any season, visit Sproutlovers, and get creative!