I had never really thought of sprouts as a food I would be interested in eating until I found a small discounted pack and the grocery store and grabbed it just to try them. Turns out, my husband and I actually quite liked them and a quick research on the topic has taught me what I already suspected; Sprouts are incredibly good for you!
According to http://www.sproutsforlife.ca , ”Sprouts represent the point of greatest vitality in the life cycle of a plant. During sprouting, vitamins and enzymes increase dramatically. Starch is converted into simple sugars, protein is turned into amino acids and peptones and crude fat are broken down into free fatty acids.
Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods that exist. Sprouts are rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, phytoestrogens, glucosinolates and other phytochemicals.”
Despite my familiarity with Bean Sprouts, it had never truly occurred to me that sprouts could be more than just alfalfa. In fact, there is a whole list of possibilities and many are very very accessible such as brocoli, sunflower, sesame, chives, even barley and oats!
As I continued my researched, I began finding ”pet mixes” in the seed selections, most often containing such varieties as Flax, Barley and Rye. I had NO idea that you could feed sprouts to cats and dogs and that it would be beneficial to their health and that in fact, many dog food brands are now using sprouts in the recipes. If cats and dogs like and benefit from sprouts, there is no doubt in my mind that they would be an absolute treat for the rabbits!
The soaked seeds only take a matter of days to become sprouts ready to eat, and the process is quite simple with little more than daily rinsing involved. The short days are not even an issue!
In conclusion, I see no reason why I should not experiment with sprouts and see if I can grow our very own fresh source of greens for the winter months!