Agriculture Microgreens as Survival Food

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by Mindgrinder, Aug 6, 2017.


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  1. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Shadilay,

    Today I ordered 2kg of seed in order to start growing microgreens and testing viability as a staple/survival food in an small enclosed area.
    I will be using the 2 spare sleeping cells in my trailer as grow spaces and a 600 watt growlight.
    Rather than buying the proper trays, i'll be using beer flats covered in walmart shopping bags and 50/50 mix of cheap peat moss and potting mix.

    Seeds:
    Broccoli Brassica Blend
    Broccoli Brassica Blend contains Broccoli, Broccoli Raab, Radish, Mustard, Arugula.
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    • Days to Sprout Sprout- 4-5, Microgreen- 8-12
    • Soak Time 2-3 hours
    • Yield 1 Tbsp of dry seed yields 3-4 cups of sprouts 1 Tbs of dry seeds yields 4-5 cups of microgreens
    This sprouting mix has high levels of sulforaphane, a cellular detoxifier that may prevent cancer and rejuvenate the immune system.

    Arugula- Very high in protein, vitamin B6, amino acids, iron and calcium
    Broccoli- Rich in vitamins K, C, B6, and E, folate, dietary fiber phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium
    Mustard- A powerhouse of protein and a great source of vitamins A, B6, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and amino acids.
    Radish- Great protein source and very good source of vitamins A, B6, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
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    Sunflower, Black Oilseed
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    Sunflower, Black Oilseed

    Delicious nutty sunflower taste in a big crunchy sprout!
    • Days to Sprout 8 to 10
    • Soak Time 4-8 hours
    • Yield 1/4 cup seed yields approx. 3 cups of sunflower shoots
    Updates to come.
     
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Yum, but that is a lot of green. Don't know that I could graze that much... :D
     
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  3. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Due to my "Problematic" eating issues i'm planning on mixing these 50/50 with my cheese omelettes to max out the nutrients. (i eat a LOT of omelettes)

    Will see how it goes.
     
  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Ganado will love that you have started this growing operation. It is amazing how these little sprouts can taste so differently. Can't wait for updates.
     
  5. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Little over $30 for 2kg of seeds...considering what i've paid for tiny packets of seed in the past - this is nothing.
    I can get the beer flats for free at nearby liquor store - up to 20 at a time so no issues there...
    This stuff sells for $16/lb.....absurd.
    Microgreens – Food Pedalers
     
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  6. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

    I would think it would be a good source of vitamins and fiber but zero calories, IMO.
     
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  7. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Nothing some butter, eggs, cheese and salt wont fix....
    :)



     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
  8. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    We went a slightly different direction on the sprouting some years ago. The OP got quite the deal on his mix, can't wait to hear how it all turns out.

    Old school sprouting (I'm an old guy & this works for me)
    Sprouted wheat (see Wheat, sprouted Nutrition Facts & Calories ) link for nutrition info. Sprouted wheat can be dried (dehydrated) and ground in a mill. See if your store carries sprouted wheat flour - try before you begin on the journey. Store the flour in the freezer until use if you go the large batch route.

    Alfalfa -
    A serving of 100 grams of alfalfa sprouts have (daily value percentage):
    • 23 calories
    • 2.1 grans carbohydrates
    • 3.99 grams protein
    • 0.69 gram fat
    • 1.9 grams fiber
    • 30.5 micrograms vitamin K (38 percent DV)
    • 8.2 milligrams vitamin C (14 percent DV)
    • 36 micrograms folate (9 percent DV)
    • 0.2 milligram manganese (9 percent DV)
    • 0.2 milligram copper (8 percent DV)
    • 70 milligrams phosphorus (7 percent DV)
    • 27 milligrams magnesium (7 percent DV)
    • 0.1 milligram riboflavin(7 percent DV)
    • 0.9 milligram zinc (6 percent DV)
    • 1 milligram iron (5 percent DV)
    • 0.1 milligram thiamine (5 percent DV)
    • 155 IU vitamin A (3 percent DV)
      In the diet mostly for the minerals, plus a bit of bulk. Fun for the kiddos
    Bean sprouts
    Mung
    • 212 calories.
    • 14 grams of protein.
    • 15 grams of fiber.
    • 1 gram of fat.
    • 4 grams of sugar.
    • 321 micrograms of folate (100%)
    • 97 milligrams of magnesium (36%)
    • 0.33 milligrams of vitamin b1 thiamine (36%)

      Besides mung beans, you can sprout lentils, chickpeas, and adzuki beans. The soak water from the Adzuki beans is nutrient rich, so save/use in soups, etc.
    Looking forward to
    @Mindgrinder
    posts of the Chow results.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
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  9. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

    @DKR is the calorie count on the Mung Bean sprouts correct? If so, what is the serving size? That's great if it is.
     
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  10. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    One cup 'serving size'
     
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  11. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Sautee sautee sautee
    that's all I can say


    at least on the beans

    Other microgreens (if not used in omelets) best eaten with root veggies or meat. I make a spicy carrot salad that makes every micro green taste better. I will post later.
     
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  12. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

    The calorie count is wrong. More like 30.
     
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  13. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

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  14. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

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  15. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

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    What 2kg of seeds looks like.
    HUGE bags. :)
     
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  16. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

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  17. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

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  18. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I'd bet sautéing them in bacon grease would improve the taste.....
     
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  19. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    I seeded 1 tray unevenly so harvested it early yesterday....aboot a cup of the mixed arugala, broc, mustard blend and chucked it into a stew...didn't taste it at all but apparently added 40 cups = nutrients.
    *shrugs*

    *edit*
    Side note - the beer flats and wall mart bag idea is a no-go...the cardboard gets too wet and moldy in a few days.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017
  20. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Only if you live in a "Rain Forest" like we do.... I am sure they would do just fine in AridZonia to Texas....
     
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