Most of us met our first sprouts at a restaurant. We ordered a sandwich and there was this wad of little roots with some of the seed shells still attached stuck between the slices of bread. Alfalfa sprouts were used in exchange for or in addition to lettuce. No doubt, someone said that you had grass on your sandwich. They were witty, weren’t they?
You’ve probably had mung bean sprouts, too. They are the tasty crunchy tidbits used in Asian cookery. Many Chinese dishes include them.
If you’re like me, it was years before you realized there were more sprouts than alfalfa and bean. I bought alfalfa sprouts regularly at the grocery store. I added them to sandwiches, salads, and anything else I could think of. The container was deceptive. No matter how I tried I never could get to the bottom of it! They usually went bad before I could find use for them all.
I was completely unaware of the many varieties until a few years back when I had organic vegetables delivered to my home twice a month. This is when I found out about clover sprouts, broccoli sprouts, and something called a medley. I had a lot to learn about sprouts, that’s for sure!
At first, I was reluctant to try the others. I loved alfalfa sprouts, but clover is pest you remove from your lawn and broccoli is better known for its florets. I admit, I was reluctant.
I ended up ordering the clover first. I was pleasantly surprised at the mild flavor. Then, I tried the broccoli and I loved them. More so than alfalfa. The leaves are dark green and they happen to taste a little like broccoli.
The medley was the best. There were many varieties all mixed up and packed into one container. It was more expensive–ordered only when I wanted a special treat.
Have you ever tried to grow your own sprouts? I haven’t. I have killed cactus, but maybe sprouts would have a chance with my limited abilities. I wonder if I’d be successful with sprouts since you only have to grow them so far. They have many kits for growing them at home. And, it’s fairly easy to create your own starter kit with a lidded glass jar or so I’ve heard.
If you’ve never tried any of the other sprouts, give them a go. You might find something new to have along with your pita pocket.