After being inspired by my friend Jen I decided to grow sprouts myself. I love sprouts but I'm not sure anyone else in the family does more than just tolerate them so they tend to go all slimy before we get to the last in the container. I also have a sneaking suspicion that the ones we buy from the supermarket are not always the freshest.
I know that sprouts have had some bad press over recent years with scares of E.Coli and other nasties, and certainly something like that is not to be taken lightly, but the truth is, if we had to account for every potential health risk, we'd never eat anything. Even tomatoes and berries are not as safe as we'd like to believe. (Apparently - although I was completely unaware of any health risk in eating any of the above. It seems that either the risk is unknown down here or we're just kept blissfully in the dark. When I started to do some research online I was surprised at the list of foods that one shouldn't eat. However many of these articles seemed to be extremely one-sided, even those that carried government endorsements of one kind or another. What is truth? as Pilate once asked.)
All this aside, I decided to grow some sprouts. After all, even for someone like me, it didn't seem too difficult a process. Soak. Drain. Rinse twice daily until sprouts emerged. Green in light. Refrigerate and enjoy. How hard was that? (I think I said the same thing about growing rhubarb and have come to the conclusion that we must be the only people in our area who cannot grow what essentially is a weed in many gardens. No matter. I don't like rhubarb anyway).
So I promptly got myself some lids to fit my glass jars and ordered seeds (organic seeds from a reputable source) and with loads of enthusiasm and optimism began to sprout seeds. Today I was excited to see small sprouts emerging. See?
It seems that I can grow something after all. I'm not completely skill-less when it comes to gardening. There was a whole list of reasons why seeds don't sprout on the bottom of the information sheet, so there must be some skill involved that I managed to get this far. Right?