Grow your own sprouts
I was working in a remote community a couple of weeks back and got chatting with a relieving RAN (remote area nurse) about healthy eating survival tactics. She told me she travels with a ‘Kitchen Seed Sprouter’. One of the difficulties about working in a remote community is getting your hands on fresh food, in particular, greens.
I worked as a relieving RAN for many years, about a month at a time in a community, and I had to think of creative ways to get my fill of greens. Cabbage is best, it lasts a long time. I bought green avocados and kept them in the fridge until needed and would take one out at a time to ripen. I stored Parsley in a glass of water in the crisper. I took about three bunches and kept in this manner would last about three weeks. On arrival to a community about half the parsley was used making tabouli; and the lime juice and olive oil ensured its freshness for quite a while. Another trick I employed was to make up a large pot of lentil and vegetable soup using all the spinach and beans I had. I am addicted to green vegetables and panic if I go too long without them. I have been known to eat a parsley sandwich just to get a fix!
The kitchen sprouter is an excellent tool to add to the RAN’s survival kit. Fresh nutritious sprouts for as long as you have the seeds. The trays come apart so you could use just a couple of trays.
The kit has four trays and a water collector at the bottom; plastic, light and easy to carry out bush. The kit (I purchased mine at Bunnings) will set you back about 20 bucks
The seeds are sold separately and sell for around $5.00 a packet but you will get a few trays of seedlings from each pack. Given the humidity in Darwin, I keep the seeds in the fridge to prevent them sprouting in the pack. I have collected quite a few seed necklaces bought in Aboriginal art shops and you can imagine my dismay when they too ‘sprouted’.
There are a number of varieties of seeds: alfalfa, mung bean, a French mix, sunflower, soy bean and a lot more. Sprouts can be used in stir-fry’s, salads or sandwiches.
The sprouter can be kept inside in a sunny spot and needs watering twice a day and lo! in a few days you can make a salad sandwich using your own fresh sprouts. Fun, economical, nutritious and above all FRESH!!! Children will love it and what a great way to introduce them to a love of gardening.
Below is the link to Mr. Fothergill’s, an Australian company. So get growing…
I am so thrilled with it and about to have my first harvest for lunch today.