Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fenugreek and My New Sprouting Rack :)

A very nice couple in my Raw Living Foods Group was nice enough to let me purchase their extra sprouting rack. I was going to make one, with my hubby's help, but when this opportunity came up I couldn't resist. He did a great job and I am so happy with my new sprouting rack!! Thanks guys!

On Our Back Balcony
I put the rack right to use with two trays of sunflower sprouts.

 When I went over to pick it up "L"(not sure if you'd want me using your name) was so sweet, she shared some beautiful Meyer's lemons and some of her fenugreek seeds with me. She said she had sprouted some and didn't like them very much. I had a funny feeling that I would like them, so I was anxious to give them a try. Right away that night I began soaking some seeds. They sprouted beautifully in just 3 days. I sprouted them using my standard jar technique.

 I researched how to sprout them first at The Sprout People's website. I harvested them very young, just as they got their tiny leaf and even some without any leaf showing.

They have a very unique taste that is difficult to explain, but I find them delicious. They are a tiny bit spicy but nothing like my radish sprouts, now those pack a punch.
Fenugreek, when sprouted, is an amazing living food. Here is a brief list of its nutritional contents:
Nutritional info:

Vitamins A, B, C, E
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc
Carotene, Chlorophyll, Digestive Aid, Trace Elements, Amino Acids
Phyto-Nutrients - Excellent for Women (Breast Health)
Protein: 30%
I learned from The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook that fenugreek has therapeutic uses for dermatitis, diabetes, high cholesterol, indigestion, inflammation, lack of appetite, arthritis, cancer, constipation, eczema, gas, hair loss, hardening of the arteries, HBP, high triglycerides, infections, labor, sore throat, stone formation in the urinary system, ulcers, and breast milk deficiency.
Defatted fenugreek seed powder was given to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in clinical research studies and it had significantly lowered blood sugar, thanks to some six different phytochemical compounds found in it. In one study, urinary excretion of glucose plummeted 54 percent after a group of people with type 1 diabetes began to take 50 grams of defatted fenugreek powder twice a day. Their fasting blood sugar, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and blood triglyceride levels also dropped notably.
Tutankhamen was entombed with the seeds from this ancient herb. You can eat the seeds cooked or raw and can sprout them as well.
Southwest Asia and southern Europe is where this herb originated. It is a member of the pea family and the plant has oval, minutely serrated leaves, with seeds that grow inside a pod like peas. It has whitish flowers. This page has some pictures of fenugreek and the seeds.
I made a wonderful salad with loads of fenugreek sprouts on top. The combination of pummelo and fenugreek was incredible. Here is the recipe for my salad. 
Pummelo and Fenugreek Salad:
Mixed baby greens
1 pummelo, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 radishes, sliced
1 stalk of organic celery
fenugreek sprouts
Whisk together and dress salad with:
fresh lemon juice
raw honey
Dijon mustard
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for my new sprouting rack and my new found sprout--fenugreek.


kelli said...

i'm sprouting fenugreek right now! tomorrow will be day two and they already have little tails! now i'm really excited to try them. thanks for the wonderful info.

as for not starting your garden, seems you're really making up with those sprouts!=)

and the salad looks so fresh and crunchy. YUM!

Elizabeth said...

hey kelli,
that is too funny, please let me know if you like how they taste. i think it may be one of those sprouts that not too many people like. i have heard them being called bitter, but mine were not. they were just plain good!!
peace & raw health,

Deborah Schoen said...

I love sprouting! I have not tried fenugreek though. Thanks for your post, my children and I will give them a try.

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