Organic Pink Kale Seed
How to sprout Pink Kale seeds:
- Rinse and soak the Kale seeds in clean water for 5-6 hours.
- Drain and rinse the seeds and put them in your sprouting tray or jar.
- Rinse the seeds daily.
- Once the seeds begin to sprout ensure they are getting some light (preferably not direct sunlight) in order to encourage growth.
- The sprouts should be ready for eating within four days.
- Pink Kale seeds can also be sown as a microgreens.
- Sprinkle the seeds over a tray of compost and press down gently.
- Cover with a fine layer of compost.
- It is advisable to use a micro biologically tested compost such as Klasmann's Peat Free Seed Compost to ensure there is no ecoli present.
- Keep the compost moist (but not soaking).
- Best kept at a steady temperature of about 20oC
- You should see signs of germination after a couple of days.
- Cut after about ten days.
How to use Pink Kale Sprouts in the Kitchen and your cooking
Once the Kale seeds have sprouted sufficiently it is a good idea to drain the sprouts well and try to get rid of any moisture on the surface of the sprout as this will give them a longer shelf (or fridge) life.
Pink kale sprouts taste like red cabbage, but the flavour is more round than red cabbage sprouts.
Brassicas have microscopic roots. They are called root hairs and are most visible just before rinsing when the sprouts are at their driest. When you rinse, the root hairs will collapse back against the main root - becoming invisible to you. These root hairs can look like mould - but they are not.
If your sprouts are very light in colour, your sprouts miss light. In that case, you can just put the sprouter in a slightly lighter place - but not in direct sunlight. After a single day the sprouts will be beautifully violet-green, full of chlorophyll and antioxidants.
Nutritional values and benefits of Pink Kale Sprouts:
- Pink kale sprouts contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
- Kale sprouts are rich in calcium.
- Source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids, trace elements and antioxidants
- Kale sprouts contain high levels of the cellular detoxifier sulforaphane, which may help to prevent cancer and rejuvenate the immune system.
- Protein: 30-35%
- During sprouting, minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, bind to protein, making them more bioavailable. The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase during the sprouting process.
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