Pink, Rose, Violet and Purple Sprouts and Microgreens

Rose, Violet, Purple and Pink Sprouts and Microgreens are beautiful in food. The colors are completely natural and the taste is usually strong. Learn more about your sprouts in beautiful, reddish tones.

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Tips on pink, rose, violet and purple Sprouts and Microgreens:
Rose Violet Purple or Pink Sprouts and Microgreens

Which Sprouts are pink or violet?

Rose, violet and pink tones are natural in many Sprouts and Microgreens. The beautiful red tones are often mixed with other colors in several Sprouts:
Rose radish sprouts are pink and green.
Violet radish takes on dark violet and pink tones.
Mustard sprouts turn violet and green.
Beetroot sprouts are bright pink.
Fennel takes on green and delicate pink tones.
Red cabbage turns violet and green.
Pink kale is a lighter violet than cabbage.
Red Mizuna is dark violet and green.

Pink and red Sprouts are natural

Sprouts with pink, rose and violet colors are completely natural. The beautiful red tones belong to the group of plant pigments called Anthocyanins. It is the same type of coloring you find in blueberries, carrots, beetroot etc.
Today, as consumers, we are unfortunately used to food being filled with all kinds of dyes and unnatural substances. This is not so with your homegrown sprouts. The beautiful red tones are completely natural and part of the plant’s genes.
None of the seeds in FRESH SPROUTS shop are genetically modified (GMO). The seed varieties are only specially selected to be high quality, organic and good for sprouting. If you plant one of your seeds in soil, you will therefore get a completely natural plant. So you can enjoy your colorful sprouts with peace of mind.
How can you be sure that the seeds are organic and not GMO? When you shop in the FRESH SPROUT shop, I guarantee the quality of the seeds, as I only shop with EU-certified sprout seed suppliers. I am also food approved and eco-certified by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, so there is a close control of my seeds.

Stress can cause pink sprouts

Have you noticed that normally green sprouts such as sunflower, alfalfa and mung beans can turn pink? It is due to stress. Stress for the young plant manifest in them developing extra antioxidants that you see in the surface as pink coloring. 
I shall explain…The pink coloring typically happens in Mung beans or Sunflower sprouts, but all sprouts can in principle suddenly get a pink tone on the surface. The sudden color change is completely natural.
When you see normally white/green sprouts get pink stems the reason is stress. The stress can be too high heat or too little moisture in the sprouter. Maybe you forgot the rinse the sprouts enough to keep them from getting too dry?
The pink colouring in sprouts can also happen if you have stored your sprouts in the fridge and move them out onto the kitchen counter or vice versa.
It may be tempting to try to see if you can get the beautiful pink colour. However, it is not a good idea to thirst or cold treat your sprouts unnecessarily. There is a certain risk that the stress factor affects your small, vulnerable sprouts so much that they wither, and that is no fun.


Can you eat stressed Sprouts?

Can you eat sprouts that have turned pink from stress? Yes, you can eat pink ‘stress’ sprouts with peace of mind. The pink color is only an expression of the plant’s own natural antioxidants working at high pressure to protect the small, vulnerable plant. As in the normally pink, pink, violet sprouts, the pink substance in the stressed sprouts is pure Anthocyanins.
In this case, the normally white/green sprout develops this antioxidant to protect the plant from stress. The reaction is the same as that which develops in the peel of otherwise green apples that have been hanging in the sun and have therefore turned pink.
You will notice that when the stressed sprout regains its balance and can continue to grow at rest, the red color will disappear again. However, you don’t have to wait. The pink sprouts provide just a little more antioxidant.
Pink and violet sprouts in food

How to grow Sprouts

Guide to growing Sprouts in 2-6 days. The sprouter shown is a SproutPearl. You will find a manual in all sprouters you buy in the FRESH SPROUTS shop. The manual shows tips + seed quantity for the container.

Step 1 Choose your Sprout Kit

Step 1 
Choose a sprouter that suits you and your seeds.

Step 2 Measure sprouting seeds

Step 2 
Measure an amount of seeds to fit the sprouter.

Step 3 Soak sprouting seeds

Step 3 
Soak the seeds in cool water as shown on seed bag.

Step 4 Pour seeds into sprouter

Step 4 
Pour wet seeds into sprouter and rinse with cool water.

Step 5 Rinse seeds and sprouts

Step 5 
Rinse sprouts morning and evening with cool water.

Step 6 Harvest mature sprouts

Step 6 
Harvest mature sprouts after 2-6 days and use in food.

Do rose Sprouts turn green?

Would you like to prevent your pink and rose sprouts from turning green?
The solution is that you grow sprouts that naturally have pink, pink, violet and light pink colors. Then they won’t turn green over time. If you need mild sprouts with beautiful colors, I can recommend Red lentils. They turn a beautiful salmon color and are very mild in taste.

Why are some Sprouts green?

The green color in sprouts is just as natural as the pink tones in other sprouts.
The green color in sprouts is formed by chlorophyll in the plant’s chloroplasts. You can promote your sprouts’ formation of chlorophyll or you can inhibit it. If you inhibit the formation of chlorophyll, your otherwise green sprouts will become completely light green or downright white.
Radish sprout salad

Pink and violet Sprouts in food

You can use your rose, purple, violet and pink sprouts in food just like any other sprouts. However, sprouts in pink and violet tones tend to be stronger in taste than green sprouts. So I don’t recommend that you make a smoothie or juice out of Mustard or Radish Sprouts.
Instead, I highly recommend using your sprouts and microgreens of Radish, Mizuna, Mustard and Fennel for beautiful tasty garnishes or flavor enhancers. They do particularly well in salads, wraps, sandwiches and as a garnish on hummus, dips and appetizers.


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