Organic Puy Lentils
Puy lentils have an excellent flavour and crunch. Sprouted lentils are easier to digest with increased vitamins and nutrients. Lentils are a good choice for the sprouting novice, as they're easy to grow.
How to prepare and sprout lentils
- Rinse and soak the lentils in clean water for 5-6 hours.
- Drain and rinse and put in your sprouting tray or jar out of direct sunlight.
- Rinse and drain daily.
- Sprouts should be ready within five days - or even earlier if you prefer a shorter 'tail'.
- When they are ready, spread them on a kitchen towel to let them dry out and store them in the fridge in an airtight container until you are ready to eat them.
Using Sprouted lentils in your kitchen
Like most sprouts, sprouted lentils can be eaten raw without any preparation if you fancy a quick nutritious crunchy snack. They can also be added to any salad or sandwiches as a tasty and healthy topping - they go particularly well with fresh greens, tomatoes and herbs. If you prefer to soften the crunch of the sprout you can blanch them for a minute which will soften both the taste and the texture!
You can also try adding them to dishes that you would normally use non-sprouted lentils in. Here's a great recipe for Spicy Sprouted Lentil soup that you can try and it may inspire you to come up with some other great dishes to use your sprouted lentils in.
Spicy Sprouted Lentil Soup
4 cups sprouted lentils
6 cups mineral rich vegetable broth or homemade bone broth
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 green and 1 red pepper, chopped
Large carrot, large onion, chopped
Grated cheddar for topping – to taste
Very simple – gently simmer all ingredients for about twenty minutes. Remove bay leaves.
Serve topped with the grated cheese and crusty spelt bread
Nutriton and benefits of eating sprouting lentils:
- Contains vitamins A, B, C, D and E
- Also rich in calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus,
- Protein: 25%.
- Lentils contain phytic acid, which can be difficult to digest. Sprouting neutralizes the phytic acid, which means more vitamins and minerals can be absorbed by your body as they’re digested. complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are broken down.
- Sprouting also inactivates aflatoxins, which are potent carcinogens found in grains.
- During sprouting additional enzymes are produced during the germination process that help digestion.
Cert. Organic IE-ORG-03