Organic Red Cabbage Seed for Sprouting
Method for sprouting:
- Rinse and soak the cabbage seeds in clean water for 5-6 hours.
- Drain and rinse the seed and put them in your sprouting tray or jar.
- Rinse the seeds daily.
- Your seeds should be ready and have sprouted within five days.
- 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.
- Red Cabbage seed can also be sown as a microgreen.
- 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 10-15 days.
Using organic red cabbage sprouts in the kitchen
Red cabbage seeds are fresh and sweet like cabbage. Crunchy and ever so useful for salads and sandwiches. Like all brassicas they are easy to grow and very tasty. Red Cabbage sprouts have gorgeous red leaves with purple highlights and will add interest to any dish – very good with Ricotta cheese – as attractive to look at as it is good for your health.
Red Cabbage sprouts reinforce our defences and have digestive and tonic effects thanks to their high content of Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, and Sulphur.
Known as the latest superfood, the vitamins, minerals and compounds found in red cabbage microgreens serve to help boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, and stave off premature aging. Red cabbage is an elegant, two tone microgreen with a fresh cabbage crunch and subtle flavour. It is a great way to liven up any dish.
Nutrition and health benefits of organic red cabbage sprouts -
- Contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K
- Red cabbage sprouts contain 40 times more vitamin E and six times more vitamin C, than the same mature red cabbage plant.
- Also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, carotene, chlorophyll, antioxidants, trace elements.
- Red cabbage is also rich in the amino acid L-glutamine, which can help heal the soft tissue that lines your intestines. This is particularly valuable for people with such disorders as leaky gut, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
- Red Cabbage sprouts have ‘Purple Power’ - anthocyanins and indoles are the source of the purple colour. They are extremely valuable for your health. One of their most important benefits is its ability to prevent cancer.
- During sprouting, minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, bind to protein, making them more bio-available. The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase during the sprouting process.
- Protein: 20-5%