KORE what lovely sprouts!!!
The word Kore is the greek word for sprout or seedling. In greek mythology, Demeter’s daughter Persephone was titled Kore as the goddess of spring's bounty.
So are sprouts the food of the Gods?
Well, they are certainly rich in many of the nutrients that our bodies need to thrive, so it’s no wonder that so many raw foodies recommend them to put a spring in your step, but I think the key is in their energy.
The way I like to look at sprouts and wheatgrass is that there is life energy in everything. People have many different names for it, chi, prana, life force, source. Whatever you want to call it most folk will happily accept that there is an energy that runs through every living thing.
So if we are prepared to accept that there is such a thing as life energy then wouldn’t it be great if you could bottle it!! I’m afraid I don’t know if that is possible but eating raw foods is the next best thing.
Ever wondered why if you eat an apple straight off the tree it tastes so good and makes you feel great? Could it be because it’s still buzzing with life.
So going back to Sprouts. Sprouts and wheatgrass are baby plants, seed which have germinated and been grown for less than a week and therefore are brimming with this energy as that spark of life is fresh and new. So if you want to feel like your bursting with life then it makes sense to eat foods that are bursting with life.
So ultimately if you believe that the life energy that runs through every living thing is of the Gods, then yes, sprouts are the food of the gods, and so are all living foods.
So, if you want to consume life, there are two options, either to grow your own or buy online from our website.
Growing your own sprouts could not be simpler. All you need is a jam jar, a piece of muslin cloth, an elastic band and some seeds or beans for sprouting. Pop some seeds/beans into the jar, soak them in water overnight and drain. Then water and drain them 3 times a day until they are ready. Most beans are ready in 4 days and seeds 6-7 days. Do make sure you use seed and beans that are sold for sprouting though as some beans can be poisonous if they are not cooked before eating!
Incorporating sprouts into your diet is easy too. My favourite is to add some Alfalfa and leek sprouts to my cheese sandwiches but I also add a sprinkle of sprouts on top of all my salads. Sprouted beans are great in stir fries and casseroles, just make sure you only cook them for a short while.
Here are some combinations you may like to try:
- Snow pea shoots, Mung beans and Alfalfa & Leek sprouts make a lovely refreshing a simple side salad.
- Sunflower greens, China rose radish and Broccoli make a great peppery trio.
- Egg Mayonnaise with Broccoli sprouts instead of cress, a popular classic.
- Veggie Sausage with Sango/China Rose Radish if you like your sandwiches hot.