Beanie Bean Sprouter. Photo Credit: David Henshall
I love fresh sprouts all year round; they are healthy and taste great on toasts, in salads and in soups. However I don't like ugly, bulky and over-designed objects in my kitchen in order for the seeds to germinate. It should be quick and easy. At the London Design Festival this year, the exhibition Bristol Air at Designersblock had some good designs on show, and it was there that I spotted the Beanie Bean Sprouter by David Henshall. Beanie Bean Sprouter by David Henshall
Henshall's sprouter (image above) is a simple glass with a slick metallic perforated lid. All you have to do is soak the seeds over night, and after that rinse them every morning and evening until they sprout, which takes more of less three days. This design doesn't take up more space than a cup of tea and its use is pretty fool-proof. The Beanie Bean Sprouter is available directly from the designer for £8 via his web site. ::David Henshall
bioSnacky by A.Vogel
bioSnacky sprouter. Image Credit: A.Vogel
A similar version is available from the German health food brand A.Vogel, called bioSnacky. It consists of a slightly bigger glass jar with a plastic sieve which serves to rinse the sprouts. An integrated handle lets the jar sit upside down at an angle so that the excess water can drain away. BioSnacky is available for 5,50€ at ::A.Vogel
Sprouting fenugreek. Image Credit: Flickr/DeathByBokeh
Sprouts contain a large variety of vitamins and are extremely easy to digest. They are also very tasty and upgrade almost any meal. Once you have a sprouter, it is easy to germinate seeds at home. That way you save on packaging, energy and transportation, because buying fresh sprouts would result in a bigger environmental impact. It is much less bulky to transport dry seeds than fresh sprouts, that have a relatively short shelf life and require constant refrigeration, and hence energy. Last but not least, I find it very fun to see how the little seeds transform into oddly shaped sprouts in my glass jar. Common seeds to sprout are mung bean, chickpeas, soy and alfalfa.