How to Sprout Quinoa Seeds

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

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Quinoa is one of the easiest grains to sprout and tastes great on salads, mixed with vegetables or added to sandwiches. Sprouting only takes a few days and requires no special equipment.

Choose clean, organic quinoa and store it in a cool, dry place until you are ready for sprouting. Begin the sprouting process by soaking the quinoa in water for 4 hours in a cool, dark place. Remember that sprouting triples the size of the grain, so only sprout as much as you can use in about 2 weeks.

Drain the water from soaked quinoa and rinse the grain thoroughly. Quinoa naturally contains saponin, which causes a soapy residue to rinse off of the grain. If you do not thoroughly rinse your, your sprouts will end with a bitter flavor.

Place drained and rinsed quinoa into a wide mouth glass jar and cover loosely with a piece of cloth. Place the grains in a cool semi-lit location and repeat the rinsing and draining procedure 2 or 3 times a day. Make sure that you keep sprouting quinoa out of direct sunlight and that you drain as much water as possible off of the grains before leaving to sprout. This increases the speed of sprouting while decreasing the chances of mold growth.

Stop the sprouting process after two or three days, when then tails of the quinoa have grown to 1/2 or 1 inch in length. Rinse the quinoa a final time, cover it loosely and place in the refrigerator, as cold temperatures prevent further sprouting.

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