Best Grown in the Sprout Master sprouters, the Terra Cotta Sprouters, The Easy Green Automatic Sprouter, The Easy Sprout Sprouter.
A nice mild tasting sprout with a beautiful seed that has color variations from gold to brown.
Use as a base for salads and raw sprouted soups.
If you have grown alfalfa you can grow Red Clover.
Red Clover is the tasting variety for sprouting - not yellow clover.
Great sprout for juicing.
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Although Clover Sprouts are not ranked as high as Mung Bean and Alfalfa Sprouts they are still very well known. You may actually be eating Clover Sprouts while thinking they are Alfalfa Sprouts. They may have been tucked on a sandwich or inside a pita bread pouch, perhaps you may find them on top of a salad. These sprouts, commercially grown, are also readily available at large and small grocery stores alike. Although, I prefer growing my own.<!--more-->
<h2>Why are Red Clover Sprouts so Popular?</h2>
Why so popular? Their mild taste and good looks are appealing. They add a significant amount of fresh taste to anything and look good while doing so. Red Clover sprouts mature to a nice bright spring green color and remain crunchy and sweet.
Sprouting clover is easy as it takes well to all different platforms: jars, tubes, The Easy Sprouter, trays, The Sprout Master Tray Sprouters, automatic electric sprouters, The Easy Green Mikrofarm Automatic Sprouter and clay trays, The Terra Cotta Sprouters.
<h3>How is Red Clover Used?</h3>
Red Clover is used as an herb – both the seeds and the dried leaves. It is a short lived perennial plant. It is widely used as a fodder crop and fixes nitrogen in the soil. Many people, including my husband, use it a green manure crop.
For sprouting, red clover sprouts are mild and sweet tasting. Most people don’t mind its crunch and that is why it does so well in sandwiches and sitting atop salads. Red Clover sprouts juice very well because of their high water content. They also blend very well for use in salad dressing and other recipes.
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<h2> General Nutrition Data on Red Clover Sprouts</h2>
We need some nutritional information on Alfalfa Sprouts to help discover how really good, not only tasty, these sprouts can be.
We are using a 3 cup serving (100g) for comparison purposes.
Contains 23 calories
2.1 grams of carbohydrates
1.9 grams of fiber
.7 g of total fat
32 mg calcium
.96 mg of iron
36 mcg of folate
155 IU of Vitamin A
WATER: This is why red clover sprouts are great for juicing...look how much water you get: Water 90.6g
The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Niacin and Calcium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.
Red clover sprouts are easily digested, too.
Added to your diet, these delicious red clover sprouts can boost your macro and micro nutrient intake values.
There will be more on Red Clover Sprouts in the next posting.
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In Red Clover Sprouts Part 1 we discussed some general information about these sprouts, in Part 2 we had a discussion on the nutritional value of the sprouts. Here, in Part 3, we will review basic manual sprouting techniques for red clover organic sprouting seeds and lightly touch on sprouting with automatic sprouters.<!--more-->
Red Clover sprouting seeds are versatile and easy to sprout across all platforms - jars, trays and automatic sprouters. They are perfect for beginner sprouters because of the quick result you receive sometimes just from soaking. They are a hardy seed that produces a great red clover sprout.
In future posts I will go into more detail about how to sprout these seeds but let's just review some basic sprouting directions.
<h2>The Beginning of Red Clover Sprouts</h2>
First, and to my mind the most important step in sprouting, is the soaking process. During soaking, the red clover seed absorbs water which turns this dead dormant seed into a live sprout. The water diffuses through the seed coat into the embryo causing a swelling of the seed. You can sometimes actually see this by observing the cracked seed casing after soaking. Once you add oxygen to the soaking seed then growth occurs. Germination takes place at above 65 degrees Farenheit. This is a good time to add liquid kelp fertilizer. The seed will absorb the fertilizer as it is absorbing water.
For automatic sprouters a soaking process is not usually necessary. That is because the automatic sprouter will rinse the seeds in a recurring cycle throughout the day. So the red clover seeds will get enough water druing the cycles to replace the soaking process.
Soak the seeds in a jar or bowl of water. You can soak seeds for about 8 to 10 hours, or overnight. You can actually soak seeds for up to 24 hours with a water change in the middle at 12 hours. Do not reuse the soaking water on your sprouts. It carries waste materials from the soaking seeds. You can use it in your garden or house plants, but please do not reuse this water on your sprouts.
Use cool water. If you live in a very cold climate, during the winter months you may want to use slightly warm water. Not hot, not boiling, just a little warm to the touch. Use the best water you have available to you. Ordinary tap water is fine. That is what I have always used along with well water when we had it. Well water is fine. Filtered water is fine. R/O water is fine. But remember, if you use filtered or R/O or some other type of water, you are increasing the cost of the sprouts. That's not a bad thing, it is just something you want to keep in mind.
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<h3>The Process for Red Clover Sprouts</h3>
If you are using a tray sprouter, then pour the red clover seeds and soaking water from the jar or bowl into the tray sprouter letting the excess water drain out. If you are using a jar sprouter, pour the water out of the jar using a screen or lid to keep the seeds in the jar. In both cases, you should have only wet seeds in the tray or jar without any standing water.
Rinse the seeds with fresh water and drain out that water. Making certain you have only wet seeds in the tray or jar without any standing water.
You will repeat this process - rinsing and draining - two times each day: once in the morning and once in the evening. Make sure you drain out as much water as you can and that there is no standing water left.
And don't rush. I know, you are busy. If you do not give your sprouts the right amount of water, they will fail to thrive.
And be consistent. These little ones need consistency. They like a bath in the morning and an evening one, too. It makes them feel refreshed and ready to continue to grow. Sing a little song to them while they bathe. It will do wonders for them. Don't forget, you are everything to them. You are Mother Nature. They know only you. So don't rush and don't forget to water them twice each day. After the rinses, make certain that there is no standing water, just wet seeds or sprouts.
If you are using an automatic sprouter, you should follow the manufacturer's directions. Basically, you will put dry seeds in the sprouter, fill up the water reservoir and set the timer. Once everything is in place then go ahead and plug it in to start the machine.
<h4>Just About Ready To Eat Red Clover Sprouts</h4>
Red Clover sprouts are ready to eat in about 5 to 7 days, 5 in the warmer temperatures and 7 in the cooler temperatures. Although there have been some weeks in Janaury and February where it has taken mine 10 to 12 days to come to maturity. There are places like Southern Florida, Southern Texas and Southern California where the sprouts are ready in 3 days, but generally, it take 5 to 7 days. With automatic sprouters the time for mature sprouts may also lessen as they are getting more water consistently throughout the day.
Chlorophyll is developed in a sprout that has been exposed to light. You do not need any special lighting, ordinary daylight that comes in a room will do fine. Don't put them in direct sunlight as on a window sill. Just a sunny room will do. It only takes a few hours, say from breakfast to lunch, to green them up. If you live in a not very sunny place, or if you have no natural light or if you are growing your sprouts in the basement then you may need an alternate light source. No need to get too fancy, an all spectrum light from the hardware store or local nursery should do just fine. Someone out there is going to try to sell you the latest and greatest lighting system. It is not necessary for sprouts and it will increase the cost of the sprouts.
Store your red clover sprouts in the refrigerator.
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