Growing sprouts

I’m hoping for some help from my readers. We recently started growing sprouts to add to salads and sandwiches. I’m not much of a health food nut but even I know the incredible nutritional value of sprouts.

A friend gifted us with a sprout box. Clear, with two trays inside. You put your seeds on the trays, water it through the top once or twice a day and within a couple days, you’ve got some sprouts.

First question is, what are some recommendations for seeds to use? Both from a nutritional standpoint as well as taste.

Second question — um, how do you know when they are ready to eat? We have two trays of sprouts right now and I’m not sure if they are done or not. Mung bean sprouts just look…nasty. Like little maggots or something. Broccoli sprouts look better but very small.

Sprouts contain just a ton of nutrition in a small package. I’m not at all opposed to eating them. I’m just looking for some guidance.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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