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Wheat Sprouts

We are all familiar with wheat. Wheat kernels are ground to make up the staple food of the West: BREAD. Wheat is also grown to make wheatgrass, which is juiced to make a superfood ( Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants & abundant micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals). Wheat is a grain and wheat grains that have not been milled are called wheat berries.  We cannot eat wheat berries uncooked unless they are sprouted because they are too hard to for our bodies to digest. The sprouting process softens the grains, making them edible so that we can harness all of their goodness.

Stacked Wheat Sprouts

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:

Sprouting increases B- Vitamins, protein and fibre content. In two days of sprouting, vitamin A increases 50-75% and vitamins B1, B2 and C all show significant increases. By eating wheat sprouts, we also get the benefit of the wheat germ, a rich source of vitamin E, usually removed in flour milling processes. Other Vitamins included in wheat sprouts are B12 and D.

Sprouted wheats supply numerous minerals such as calcium, iodine, iron, potassium and zinc.

Sprouted wheat grains are a live food full of Enzymes, a great source of antioxidants.

In conclusion, sprouted wheat is an excellent storehouse of nutrients that should be made an integral part of every body’s diet

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:

For those of you who may be prone to wheat allergies, sprouted wheat could be an alternative for you. The process of sprouting breaks down the gluten proteins, which cause most allergies. Please note though, if you are very sensitive, sprouted wheat seeds are not completely gluten-free.

Calcium is used by the body to form healthy bones & teeth, help muscles relax and contract, is important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation and immune system health.

Anti-oxidants  increase your energy levels and provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Wheat sprouts are rich in dietary fibre aiding in digestion, neutralizing toxin, and helping to cleanse the blood.

ABF Wheat Sprouts

 

Sprouted Wheat

HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:

Sprouted wheat is very versatile with a creamy chewy texture and a sweetish taste. My favourite is to add them to a salad, just mix in your choice of raw foods as you would for a couscous salad. Try Wheat berries, apples, dried cranberries and pecans in raspberry vinaigrette.

Sprouted wheat berries can be ground into dough and sundried or slow-baked to make breads, crackers, cookies or pizza bases.

Add to health shakes or stir-fries.

Grind and make into a hot porridge adding raisons and honey.

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:

– All ABF sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.

– All ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.

– Wheat sprouts contain no added chemicals and are safe to eat raw but for maximum digestibility a light steam or rinse in boiling water before eating is recommended when eating in large quantities.

REFERENCES:

Sprout Garden – Mark M. Braunstein

The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell

Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz

https://sproutpeople.org

http://www.choosingraw.com

http://nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-grain/

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Growth in Micro Greens

 

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On Friday the FilmFlex crew came over and installed my gorgeous 3m x 6m green house. To say I am beyond excited is the understatement of the the year. Thank you for all your wonderful support which as enabled me to expand my small business in growing Micro greens. Now to save up for the shelving!!!

So humans, give me a few weeks to get My A into G  ( to get quantities and growing conditions perfect ) and before you know it, I will have a variety of these beauties ready for you to purchase.

Here are some of the varieties I have already perfected and am growing which are available to order:

1. Wheat Grass

2. Maple Pea Shoots

3. Pigeon Pea Shoots

4. Green Pea Shoots

5. Barley Grass

These are the new Micro Greens that I am working on:

1.Beetroot Leaves

2. Mustard

3. Broccoli

4. Chinese Cabbage

5. Purple Kohlrabi

6. Fenugreek ( Menthi )

7. Japanese Radish

 

So please, if you know of anyone in the food or restaurant industry who would be interested, send me a message or email me

at [email protected]

 

Lots of Love

Ang

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mung Bean Sprouts

According to the sprout people, Mung Bean Sprouts are “The most widely consumed sprout on our planet!” According to The Sproutman Mung Beans “ is by far the most widely sold sprout in the world”

The English word mung is derived from the Hindi word मूंग moong – you may of guessed, yes, the mung bean is native to India. Today it is mainly cultivated in India, China and Southeast Asia.

Mung beans are a plant species in the legume family

 

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NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF MUNG BEAN SPROUTS:

Legumes are a great vegetarian source of protein, among the best protein sources in the plant kingdom actually. Eating more legumes is an alternative to meat for some.

“Mung Bean sprouts are high in calcuim, vitamins A and C, protein, phosphorus, and iron.” (The broccoli sprouts breakthrough )

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUNG BEAN SPROUTS

Sprouting increases bean fiber by 300%.

Beans contain the fibers needed to remove excess cholesterol from the blood stream, lower blood pressure and improve bowel function by cleansing the intestinal tract. It’s fiber content also helps control blood sugar levels as it slows down the release of sugars from carbohydrates making Mung beans good insulin regulators.

Mung bean sprouts contain at least two powerful cancer blocking substances lignans and protease inhibitors. Lignans are known to fight breast and colon cancer. Protease inhibitors are known to prevent normal cells from going cancerous.

Mung beans are virtually fat free, low GI (glycemic index) and low in calories.

Anti-oxidants found in Mung bean sprouts increase energy levels and provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.

 

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HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF MUNG BEAN SPROUTS:

Mung beans are used for various culinary purposes in different cuisines like Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Thai and Japanese. They are juicy and slightly sweet tasting. Add your sprouted Mung beans to salads, wok dishes, soups, dals, spring rolls, open sandwiches and wraps.

Mung beans are one of the smaller sized beans and can be eaten raw as sprouts in larger quantities than the bigger beans. When consumed in large quantities regularly, they should be lightly steamed or blanched for maximum digestibility.

Interestingly the repeated rinsing involved in sprouting beans removes the complex sugars from them, therefore, beans that have been sprouted before cooking will be far less likely to cause flatulence.

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:

  • All sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.
  • All ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.
  • ABF sprouts contain no added chemicals and seeds used for sprouting are untreated.

REFERENCES:

The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell

Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz

Sprouts & Sprouting – Valerie Cupillard

http://www.greenvalu.ie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mung_bean#cite_note-brief-4

http://sproutpeople.org/mung-bean-sprouts/#tab

 

 

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RED CLOVER SPROUTS

Red Clover has been grown for centuries in pastures to feed cattle and grazing animals. It is derived from the same plant family as Alfalfa. Alfalfa sprouts and Red Clover sprouts look very similar and have the same growing characteristics. Spot the difference: Sprouted Red Clover leaves are a slightly lighter green colour than those of Alfalfa.

Red Clover Sprouts

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER SPROUTS:

Red Clover sprouts, like their relative alfalfa, are legumes.

Legumes are a rich source of protein, among the best protein sources in the plant kingdom. Eating more legumes is an alternative to meat for some.

Red Clover Sprouts are a source of essential oils, carbohydrates, amino acids, flavonoids, vitamins and they have a high mineral content.

Vitamins include A, B, C, E and K

Minerals and trace elements include Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Calcium (which is used by the body to form healthy bones & teeth, help muscles relax and contract, is important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation and immune system health) and Magnesium (needed for making protein, helping with muscle contraction, nerve transmission & immune system health)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED CLOVER SPROUTS

Calcium and magnesium are easily absorbed in sprout form and relax the nervous system & settles the stomach.

Anti-oxidants found in clover sprouts increase your energy levels and provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Clover is a known detoxifier – acting as a blood purifier

The High mineral content includes virtually every trace mineral needed by the glands and helps restore balance and hormonal functions. The minerals alkalinize the body and promote detoxification.

For women, the red clover contains plant estrogens, similar to human hormone estrogen that may help with symptoms of pms and menopause.

Clover sprouts are a dietary source of isoflavones. Studies have shown that isoflavones can significantly reduce the risk of cancer.

Red Clover

HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF RED CLOVER SPROUTS:

These sprouts are just too tender to cook so if grilling, baking or frying please add your clover sprouts after cooking. Eat these nutty, mild, crunchy gorgeous nutritious sprouts in salads. Try them as a topping on pizzas or use as a filling in sandwiches, wraps or Mexican foods such as quesadillas & Tacos. YUM!!!

Sprouts hold their own on their own so bring your plate to life with an edible garnish.

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:

– All ABF sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.

– At Angela’s Backyard Farming, Clover seeds are sprouted until they have grown past their legume stage and become baby green plants. This means that any harmful natural toxins that may of existed, being associated with uncooked legumes, are not present in ABF clover sprouts

– All ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.  ABF Red Clover Sprouts contain no added chemicals and are safe to eat raw.

 

REFERENCES:

The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell

Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz

http://sproutpeople.org/red-clover-sprouts/

http://www.greenvalu.ie

http://www.cancer.org

 

 

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Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa PackagedStarting from tomorrow Eat Your Home will be delivering Angela’s Backyard Farming’s delicious Alfalfa Sprouts.  I wanted to do an article today to punt this little tiny sprouted bean that packs a serious dosage of goodness. Please support Eat Your Home and ABF by placing an order on their website http://www.eatyourhome.org/ouroffering. Great news for us Durban North peeps is that they have recently added a new drop off point – outside Bartho’s Fish Co – 8-12 Mackeurtan Avenue on a Tuesday at 14h30 – 15h30pm.

 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS:
Before I become so interested in sprouting, I never looked into the benefits of eating sprouts, and they were more of a tasty, crunchy garnish to a meal. Now at our home we rarely go a day without sprouts on the plate. Alfalfa sprouts are a great introduction to acquiring a taste for sprouts, they are mild and children even love them. These Leafy Green sprouts are the father of sprouts with the highest levels of vegetable protein, minerals and vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K (which aids in clotting blood). The Armenia name for Alfalfa means “father of all foods.” They also contain as much carotene as carrots.

 

DID YOU KNOW:
Alfalfa sprouts are actually the sprouted seed of Lucerne, which is greatly used as animal graze.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALFALFA SPROUTS:

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-Researchers have found that the fiber in alfalfa lowers cholesterol levels.

– Alfalfa sprouts contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) making alfalfa suited to give a balancing effect for conditions resulting from too little or too much estrogen. They are used as a holistic treatment to lower estrogen conditions such as hot flushes, menopause and preventive osteoporosis as well as high estrogen conditions such as PMS, fibrocystic breasts and estrogen-responsive cancers of the breast and uterus.

– Flavone, a biologically active compound in alfalfa has the ability to relax and smooth muscle tissue – ideal for cramps.

– Alfalfa contains free radical-fighting antioxidants, which are known to counteract and sometimes reverse the aging processes.

 

HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF ALFALFA SPROUTS:
Alfalfa sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are always eaten raw and their mild flavor will add crispness to salads, rich green colour to sandwich toppings, freshness to juicing and extra goodness in your wrap.

 

THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:
– All sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.
– At Angela’s Backyard Farming, Alfalfa seeds are sprouted for a full 7 days. This means that any harmful natural toxins that may of existed, being associated with uncooked legumes, are not present in ABF alfalfa sprouts because they have now in fact grown past the legume stage and become baby green plants with a rich green first leaf division. To be doubly safe, all ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.  ABF Alfalfa sprouts contain no added chemicals and are 100% safe to eat raw.

 

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REFERENCES:
The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell
Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz
Sprouts & Sprouting – Valerie Cupillard

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Just A Farm Girl At Heart

The Times Newspaper 21 January 2015
The Times Newspaper
21 January 2015

Thank you so much to Shelley Seid and Jackie Clausen of the The Times Newspaper for putting this lovely article on page 15 of todays paper. I hope that this inspires those of you that can, to start your own vegetable gardens at home and others to support ABF by buying herbs, sprouts, micro greens ( and occasionally produce ) available from Eat your Home and Earth Mother Organics.

Please contact me by sending me a Facebook message if you are in Durban and are interested in being a supplier of Angela’s Backyard Farming fresh sprouts or micro greens, if you are in the restaurant industry requiring micro greens and/or sprouts as a fresh gourmet garnish to compliment your menu or if you are a group of individuals in the Durban North, Umhlanga, Morning Side area and are interested in a weekly order for yourself and friends. Price lists will be uploaded to the website within the next few days. Drop me a message if you are requiring bulk prices.

Lots of Love
Angela

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A new Look for 2015

Having studied and then worked in design for most of my life, packaging plays an extremely important roll to me. 2014 saw me start my business on smaller quantities using a a cost effective handwritten washi tape label. This was effective in a crafty home made way and worked well for me for the year.

 

Washi Tape Labeling

 

 

As my quantities are growing, to hand write each label has become a time constraint issue. 2015 sees a more refined look for ABF.  The brief given to talented Durban based graphic designer and friend, Paul Bragason ( who also did an amazing job designing the ABF Logo )  was to follow the washi tape formula but in a a muted natural colour pallet. Each product label was to  have it’s own designer pattern allocated to it.  Paul designed a  ‘Angela’s Backyard farming’ signature font – which way outshines my nasty handwriting.

The new look is modern, clean and stylish –  Let me know if you love it as much as I do.

 

2015 Product Labeling

 

 

 

Product found at Earth Mother Organics and Eat Your Home. Sprouts & Microgreens grown to order for the Durban North area. Restaurants, companies and organisations wanting to stock ABF or with enough individual orders to warrant a drop off are welcome to contact me via Facebook for price lists.