Snow Pea Sprouts
Snow Pea Sprouts are possibly the easiest sprout to add to just about any dish. They are a vibrant green (being the leafy sprout of a snow pea plant) and a fresh garnish for salads, soups, sandwiches, hamburgers or cold rolls.
Alfalfa Sprouts are a super, extra-ordinary superfood.
In the past these tiny sprouts had been used for centuries for their powerful healing powers but largely forgotten in more recent times. Today they seem to be making a quick come back being recognised as a bit of a nutritional powerhouse with so many health benefits.
Both White and Green Alfalfa Sprouts have a very similar, mild taste which is easy to add to most dishes as a garnish to add flavour, texture and a powerful nutritional boost.
If you’re after an Alfalfa Sprout that has a stronger flavour and more bite look for some of the Alfalfa Mixes. As the name suggests Alfalfa and Mustard Sprouts will have a slight mustardy taste, while Alfalfa and Radish Sprouts will have a similar peppery bite like a radish. Our own Gourmet Sprouts Mix (a mix of Red and Green Lentils, Fenugreek and Mung Bean Sprouts) is possibly the strongest Sprout mix which will complement raw and cooked tuna due to its unusual peppery bite.
Alfalfa and Sprouts are an incredibly versatile garnish that can be sprinkled on top of most savoury salads or used as a filling in salad rolls, sushi rolls or even cold rolls. More recently sprouts are being used at the very end of cooking or as a garnish and sprinkled over stir fries and soups just before serving – not only do they add an attractive fresh element to a dish but they provide a powerful hit of extra vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients to help maintain good overall health and well being.
When using Alfalfa Sprouts it is always important to thoroughly wash your hands to ensure you do not inadvertently contaminate the sprouts. As with all produce, wash and drain sprouts in clean water prior to consuming – you can lay Alfalfa Sprouts on a clean paper towel to assist with even drying.
Selecting the best produce
Healthy Alfalfa Sprouts will look relatively plump and almost fluffy in appearance with a white almost transculent colouring with slight yellowing at the base (near the seed or shoot). Once Alfalfa Sprouts have passed their best date they will quickly look limp, stringy and start to discolour.
3 degrees celcius at 90-100% relative humidity.
Harvesting & Packaging
Alfalfa and Sprouts are germinated and grown in special temperature controlled environments that are the perfect conditions for harvesting quality sprouts all year.
Available all year.
Alfalfa Sprouts are germinated alfalfa seeds, and in spite of their small size are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients including iron, protein, dietary fibre, vitamin K and vitamin C. In addition, alfalfa Sprouts are a good source of calcium, vitamin A and Vitamin C with trace levels of some B vitamins.
Vitamin K is most well-known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. It is also essential as a preventative for heart disease and in maintaining normal liver function.
Vitamin K also plays a significant role in brain function and our neuronal health by preventing the oxidation of our brain cells and stimulating cognitive activity. Most importantly vitamin K can delay and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and potentially other degenerative diseases of the brain.
Vitamin K also stimulates bone growth and repair providing good bone protection, this being particularly important as we age.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralise cancer causing free-radicals by working as a protective scavenger against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) which play a role in aging and disease. Antioxidants have also been found to boost the immune system and may protect against heart disease, infections, cataracts and degeneration of the eyes macular.
Iron is an essential component in maintaining our bodies general wellbeing and proper functions. Iron forms part of the protein haemoglobin, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body and is also a part of the protein myoglobin in muscles, making oxygen available for muscle contraction. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia with symptoms ranging from general fatigue, weakness, dizziness, brittle nails and headaches.
Protein is an essential nutrient that assists in the building and repairing of tissue. In addition, protein is essential for the production of enzymes and hormones which assist in your bodies wellbeing and in maintaining a good state of mind. Protein also aids in the management of our bodies blood glucose levels and thought to assist with weight management.
Fibre contains no calories and is a necessary element of a healthy diet in sustaining normal blood sugar levels and in promoting a healthy digestive system. Dietary fibre reduces the transit time of food in your gut, improves gut microflora and assists in lowering blood fats.