Discover how to sprout quinoa and use it to replace grains like rice and couscous in your raw salads, wraps, with vegetables and more. Nourishing and delicious, quinoa is one of the fastest seeds for sprouting and easy to do.
If you're new to sprouting, I recommend beginning with a small amount to see if you like them. For example, I use ¼ cup (100g) of quinoa, which will result in a ½ cup (200g) of sprouted quinoa.
If I'm doing meal prep for the week, I'll use more.
- Step 1 - Rinse and soak.
- Step 2 - Rinse and drain.
- Step 3 - Leave to sprout.
- How to store.
- More sprouting ideas:
- What is quinoa?
- How long to soak quinoa for sprouting?
- How long to sprout quinoa?
- Is sprouted quinoa safe to eat?
- How to use.
- Why is quinoa good for you?
- Can you cook sprouted quinoa?
- Information for vulnerable groups.
Step 1 - Rinse and soak.
You will need ¼ cup (100g) of quinoa, a mason jar with either a sprouting lid or a muslin cloth and rubber band.
Using a fine-mesh strainer, thoroughly wash the seeds in fresh cool water over the sink or a large bowl.
Please give them a really good rinse. Pick out any bits of debris or tiny stones you may find and discard those.
Transfer the seeds into a clean jar or wide-mouthed mason jar with a sprouting lid and cover the quinoa with fresh cool tap or filtered water.
If you don't have a sprouting lid use a piece of cheesecloth or muslin cloth instead, and tie that on with a bit of string or a rubber band.
Soak them for 30 minutes. You can soak them for longer, 6-8 hours, if leaving them works better for you.
Step 2 - Rinse and drain.
Once they have soaked, give them another rinse and drain them thoroughly. I use a fine mesh sieve for this held over the sink and shake off as much water as possible.
It's good practice to ensure it’s not too wet, as this will hinder the sprouting process.
Step 3 - Leave to sprout.
Now pop the drained quinoa into a jar. Cover with either a sprouting lid, piece of muslin or cheesecloth held in place with a rubber band.
Leave it on the countertop upside down in a bowl and tipped at an angle, so that any residual water drains out from the jar.
They'll start to grow a tiny shoot from the seed in 24 - 36 hours.
During this time, remember to give them a rinse and drain every 8 -12 hours with cool water.
I do it more frequently if the weather’s warm to help them stay fresh and to avoid any unwanted bacteria.
How to store.
Store in a suitable container in the fridge and use it within 3-4 days. Rinse and drain thoroughly before using.
More sprouting ideas:
What is quinoa?
Quinoa is a tiny edible ancient seed that is also a pseudo-grain. The plant itself originates from South America and has been cultivated for 5000 years.
For those interested in fermentation, you can also use it to make the fermented tonic rejuvelac which was made famous by Ann Wigmore.
You can find out more about Ann Wigmore from the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute.
How long to soak quinoa for sprouting?
I find 30 minutes is reasonable for soaking, although you can leave them overnight if that works better for you. I would try both and see which you prefer.
How long to sprout quinoa?
Quinoa are are the quickest to sprout in about 24 hours or so.
Is sprouted quinoa safe to eat?
Saponins are also present in seeds such as chickpeas, soybeans and legumes.
These are the natural chemicals that cause their bitter flavour and are one of the reasons it's best to give the seeds a really good rinse before you use them before sprouting and cooking.
You can rid the seeds of most of their bitterness by doing this.
How to use.
You can eat them raw once they’ve sprouted. Use quinoa sprouts as a gluten-free alternative to grains such as couscous and rice.
Sprouted quinoa is perfect for making healthy salads, taco's, pilaf's, sushi and soups. You can stuff vegetables with it and much more.
Adding sprouts to your meals is so easy, and it's also great for any weekly meal prep.
Why is quinoa good for you?
Quinoa is gluten-free and makes a beautiful alternative for those who cannot consume gluten based grains.
It is high in dietary fibre, protein and contains all nine amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
In addition, it's full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, zinc, calcium, folate, magnesium and phosphorus (source). And provides more fibre, protein and fats than many other grains (source).
Can you cook sprouted quinoa?
Yes, and they may take less time and use slightly less water than when using them uncooked.
Information for vulnerable groups.
The UK Food Standards Agency recommends people in vulnerable groups always cook any sprouts until steaming hot all the way through before eating them. This is because sprouts sometimes contain bacteria, which some people may be susceptible to. Vulnerable groups include the elderly, young children, those with a weakened immune system, and pregnant women.
Check the FSA website for more details.
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