Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sprouting Flax, from "Appendix A: The Wide World of Sprouts - List of Sprout-able Seeds", Kitchen Sink Farming (out soon!)


Flax might be one of the most important sprouts for health, as it contains six essential ingredients that are commonly missing from the modern diet.  It is unparalleled as a source of essential fatty acids, both kinds of dietary fiber, anti-oxidant lignans, and is an easily-assimilable complete protein.  And of course, enzymes when sprouted.  It’s also surpassingly easy to sprout and tastes wonderful.  Everyone should should slowly build up to eating a few tablespoons once or twice every day.

Flax seed is one-third oil and the rest is a combination of fiber, protein and “mucilage”, a gummy, slippery substance that makes jar or bag sprouting impossible.  Flax must be sprouted with the long-soak or clay methods, which are actually the easiest ways to sprout; just put some flax seeds in a bowl, cover them with water, and in a day many of them will have broken their brown or golden seed coats and sprouted tiny tails.  Flax oil is one of the best source of the rare but essential fatty acid (EFA) omega-3, necessary for good brain function and higher intelligence, mood elevation, inflammation reduction, proper mental development in children, but most importantly (kidding), beautiful skin and hair.  (more on EFAs on pgs XX-XXX)

The protein in flax seeds is easily digested and contains all the amino acids needed for building and maintaining a strong body. Flax’s insoluble fiber comes from the shell acts like a broom, sweeping the colon of toxic material, impacted waste and dried mucus. Flax fiber is excellent nourishment for friendly bacteria in the intestine, which keep disease-causing organisms in check.  Twelve percent of flax seeds is mucilage which makes it a gentle, non-irritating, natural laxative. Flax mucilage is perfect for those who have a sensitive stomach, acting as a buffer for excess stomach acids, soothing ulcers or irritable bowel disorders. Dry flax absorbs 20 times its volume in water and can seriously dehydrate a person and become lodged in the colon; sprouting flaxseeds is the best way to enjoy its host of benefits.
Flax is available in two varieties: brown, which is higher in omega-3s and has a harder shell, and golden, which is softer and has a sweeter and milder flavor.  If you don’t have a high-speed blender, use the golden seeds, because the brown need to be pretty well pulverized, otherwise they can pass through the digestive system intact.

In low-temp baking, the mucilaginous aspect of flax makes it a great substitute for sticky gluten in sprouted loaves.  Lightly sprouted ground flax seeds make a light and creamy, mild flavored bread with a spongy quality which makes living tortillas or elastic Ethiopian Injera bread possible.  Add a little or a lot of sprouted Kamut or spelt for a more sticky and dense loaf, which will require several times longer to cook.  Include some to the pulp leftover from juicing and dehydrate it to make crackers, or add it to young coconut meat to make flexible, thin wraps more pliable than tortillas and nori.

Method: Long Soak or Clay Method


  1. I'm new to this and as easy as it seems, its daunting to begin.I have a couple of questions, first if you are soaking the seeds to get drinkable juice, how do you find quality seeds? Is it possible to buy locally? Supermarket bulk bins? It scares me to drink something that has fermented on my counter. When is it not safe? When do you decide ,when you don't have your experience with smells and tastes ,that this is done and can be drank or refrigerated? So when it tastes right,how much and often can you drink this?would this be a replacement for liquids in your diet or would this be an occasional one cup drink? Is there a point where its too much? What about children drinking more than a glass?
    I found a site that sells the scobi. They call it the mother and it was made from mushrooms. So next questions, would this make any difference to the brewing of kombucha? It comes in a sealed plastic bag. Can that still be alive? I bought book #2, and now I've ordered book #1, so I can sprout. Looking forward to both!

  2. Thanks for the info! Do you pulverize the brown flax seed after sprouting? Do you know of any healthy granolas? Do you have recipes for sprouted loaves, tortillas and injera?