When we talk about seeds, we mostly refer to agricultural seeds for planting. This post however, touches on the subject of edible seeds.
A very good source of essential fatty acids, many vitamins and minerals are edible seeds. The easiest way to eat seeds is to prepare your own seeddust. Use 1 cup each of: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and apricot kernels if available. Add 2 cups of flax seeds. Grind all in a coffee grinder, mix well and store airtight. You may eat this seeddust together with your muesli, in your yoghurt or on your salad. I prefer soaking my seeddust in a little carrot juice before adding it to my muesli. With only 1-2 tablespoons you’ll already have a good intake of vitamin B17 which is contained in flax seeds and apricot kernels. Vitamin B17 is also referred to as “anti-cancer” vitamin because it is renowned for its analgesic qualities and the ability to selectively target and kill cancer cells while nourishing non-cancerous tissue.
Many people are thinking about growing their own vegetables. Why not start producing your own greens in your kitchen! Sprouts are fun to grow, healthy to eat and totally easy to produce without any space, soil, fertilizers or pesticides. For sprouting you may especially select alfalfa, lentil, mung bean, buckwheat or garbanzo seeds for sprouting. Wash them, then soak them in water over night. Next morning, drain the water and just let them stand in your kitchen. Rinse them 2-3 times daily with water. I simply use an empty glass of jam or peanut butter and put a drainer on top (lid with many holes or net or cloth). Tuning the container upside-down on a uneven little plate will allow the water to drain out. Once the sprouts are about 1 cm or more or less as you please you may eat them with lettuce or with nuts. You may also stop them growing by “harvesting” them into an airtight container placed in the refrigerator for another day or two. The sprouts of alfalfa, lentil, mung bean, buckwheat and garbanzo seeds contain B17, the “anti-cancer” vitamin mentioned above. Since you soak and rinse the seeds only with water or purified water, you’ve perfectly organically grown sprouts. If you want to avoid any risk of pesticide residue and since you’re eating the sprouted seeds itself, you may opt for organically grown seeds for sprouting.