Soaking and Sprouting Seeds, Nuts and Grains


sprouterRaw seeds, grains and nuts should be soaked before using. Raw nuts and seeds have enzyme inhibitors on their surface that protect them while they grow. Soaking releases the inhibitors and significantly boosts the nutrition and digestability of nuts and seeds. Your tummy will feel better after eating them soaked than after eating them unsoaked.

Some people like to add a little salt to the water before soaking to help speed up the process. After soaking, be sure to rinse seeds and nuts thoroughly with fresh pure water until it runs clear to remove the enzyme inhibitors that have been released into the water. It is also recommended to rinse soaking seeds and nuts 2-3 times during the soak.
 
After soaking, you can dehydrate at 105 degrees until the nuts/seeds are completely dry. Store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh. Use within 3 days.

The following chart gives a good guideline for soaking and sprouting times of the most common seeds, nuts and grains.

Soaking and Sprouting Chart

Seed, Nut or Grain

Soak Time

Sprout Time

Adzuki

12 hours

3-5 days

Alfalfa

8 hours

2-5 days

Almonds

8-12 hours

12 hours

Barley

6-8 hours

2 days

Brazil Nuts

Do not soak

N/A

Broccoli

8 hours

3-6 days

Buckwheat

6 hours

2 days

Cabbage

4-6 hours

4-5 days

Cashews

2-2 ½ hours

N/A

Chickpeas

12 hours

12 hours

Clover

4-6 hours

4-5 days

Corn

12 hours

2-3 days

Cow Peas

12 hours

3-6 days

Fenugreek

8 hours

3-5 days

Flax

8 hours

N/A

Green Peas

12 hours

2-3 days

Hemp Seeds

Do not soak

N/A

Kamut

7 hours

2-3 days

Lentils

8 hours

12 hours

Macadamia Nuts

Do not soak

N/A

Millet

8 hours

2-3 days

Mung Beans

1 day

2-5 days

Mustard

8 hours

2-7 days

Nuts (all others)

6 hours

N/A

Oat Groats

6 hours

2 days

Pecans

4-6 hours

N/A

Pine Nuts

Do not soak

N/A

Pistachio Nuts

Do not soak

N/A

Pumpkin Seeds (hulled)

8 hours

1 day

Quinoa

2 hours

1 day

Radish

8 hours

2-4 days

Red Clover

8 hours

2-5 days

Rye

8 hours

3 days

Sesame Seeds

8 hours

1-2 days

Spelt

7 hours

2 days

Sunflower Seeds (hulled)

2 hours

2-3 days

Triticale

12 hours

2-3 days

Walnuts

4 hours

N/A

Watercress

4-6 hours

4-5 days

Wheatberries

7 hours

2-2½ days

Wild rice

9 hours

3-5 days

 

 

 

*Almonds are the only nuts that can easily sprout and are in their most nutritious state when they are sprouted.

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