HOW YOU SOAK SPROUTING SEEDS
SOAKING WAKES UP YOUR SEEDS
Soaking is the third step in growing your own sprouts. Your sprouting seeds are dormant – ‘sleeping’ – as long as the seeds are dry. This is nature’s way of preserving the seed untill the conditions are right to start growing. When you soak the seeds in water, the hibernation is broken and the plant starts to grow.
WATER STARTS THE GROWTH
Out in Nature the seed lie in the warm moist soil and slowly take in enough water to break the hypernation. It takes a few days for the seed to absorbed enough moisture to start growing depending on the soil moisture content. When you grow sprouts, you set off on the process by soaking the seeds in a glass of fresh cool water. That way your seeds quickly absorb the required amount of moisture to initiate the germination.
HOURS IN WATER
Some sprouting seeds only need to soak in water for a few hours. Others need to soak for up to half a day. The soaking time depends on the seed type. You can see the soaking time on most sprouting seed bags.
Sprouts need fresh water from soaking and till the last rinse before they can be used in your food.
You can easily use the water from your kitchen faucet, if it is clean and drinkable. I myself have tested many types of water on my sprouts. It is my experiemce that seeds and sprouts thrive equally well with:
Clean tap water
Uncarbonated spring water
UV cleansed water
Coal filtered water
Osmose treated water
Since you will need some water to rinse the sprouts, I prefer to rinse my sprouts with water from the tap while I only use coalcleansed water for soaking and sometimes to clean the sprouts after each rinse.