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Sprouting Chart

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Raw seeds, grains and nuts should be soaked before using. Raw nuts and seeds have enzyme inhibitors on their surface that protect them while they grow. Soaking releases the inhibitors and significantly boosts the nutrition and digestability of nuts and seeds. 

Some people like to add a little salt to the water before soaking to help speed up the process. After soaking, be sure to rinse seeds and nuts thoroughly with fresh pure water until it runs clear to remove the enzyme inhibitors that have been released into the water. It is also recommended to rinse soaking seeds and nuts 2-3 times during the soak.

After soaking, you can dehydrate at 105 degrees until the nuts/seeds are completely dry. Store in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh. Use within 3 days.

The following chart gives a good guideline for soaking and sprouting times of the most common seeds, nuts and grains.

Soaking and Sprouting Chart

Seed, Nut or Grain

Soak Time

Sprout Time

Adzuki 
12 hours 
3-5 days
Alfalfa 
8 hours 
2-5 days 
Almonds 
8-12 hours 
12 hours 
Barley 
6-8 hours 
2 days 
Brazil Nuts 
Do not soak 
N/A 
Buckwheat 
6 hours 
2 days 
Cabbage 
4-6 hours 
4-5 days 
Cashews 
2-2 ½ hours 
N/A 
Chickpeas 
12 hours 
12 hours 
Clover 
4-6 hours 
4-5 days
Corn 
12 hours 
2-3 days
Cow Peas 
12 hours 
3-6 days
Fenugreek 
8 hours 
3-5 days
Flax 
8 hours 
N/A 
Green Peas 
12 hours 
2-3 days
Hemp Seeds 
Do not soak 
N/A 
Kamut 
7 hours 
2-3 days 
Lentils 
8 hours 
12 hours 
Macadamia Nuts 
Do not soak 
N/A 
Millet 
8 hours 
2-3 days
Mung Beans 
1 day 
2-5 days 
Mustard 
8 hours 
2-7 days 
Nuts (all others) 
6 hours 
N/A 
Oat Groats 
6 hours 
2 days 
Pecans 
4-6 hours 
N/A 
Pine Nuts 
Do not soak 
N/A 
Pistachio Nuts 
Do not soak 
N/A 
Pumpkin Seeds (hulled) 
8 hours 
1 day 
Quinoa 
2 hours 
1 day 
Radish 
8 hours 
2-4 days 
Red Clover 
8 hours 
2-5 days 
Rye 
8 hours 
3 days 
Sesame Seeds 
8 hours 
1-2 days 
Spelt 
7 hours 
2 days 
Sunflower Seeds (hulled) 
2 hours 
2-3 days 
Triticale 
12 hours 
2-3 days
Walnuts 
4 hours 
N/A 
Watercress 
4-6 hours 
4-5 days
Wheatberries 
7 hours 
2-2½ days 
Wild rice 
9 hours 
3-5 days 
*Almonds are the only nuts that can easily sprout and are in their most nutritious state when they are sprouted.
Last modified on Sunday, 14 November 2010 20:37
Cindy

Cindy

Cindy is a Certified Raw Food Educator through the "Living Light Culinary Arts Institute," with an emphasis on the science of whole, raw food.  Cindy has over 25 years experience as an educator, including 15 years as a high school teacher and 12 years as the director of instruction for a high school district.   Using a combination of her own health challenges and experiences, plus the knowledge she has obtained through her coursework, her goal is to help others understand the power of food.  Her experience as an educator enables her to provide peer-reviewed, scientific information in a fascinating, understandable, and user-friendly format!  Her goal is to educate through the science of nutrition, and to illustrate how easy it is to incorporate the simple most powerful foods on earth that promote optimal health!

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