MOULDY SPROUTS

MOULD ON SPROUTS ARE OFTEN ROOTHAIR

Root hair on sprouts
Roothair are extra roots, that grow from the mail root in the sprout.
Roothair are natural on many sprouts. They are edible and fibre rich.
 
 

ROOTHAIR ON SPROUTS

Sprouts of Broccoli, Mustard, Brassica, Sunflower and
Grain develop - after the first three days of germination -
fine white hairs on the roots.
 
The tiny hairs are easiest to see before you rinse the sprouts,
as the water makes the hairs cling to the main root. These fine
roots are not mold, although they may be similar to the confusion.

 

MOULDY ROOTS ON SPROUTS?

Ok, if the hairs are all over the sprouts, it is no longer root hairs.
If the sprouts even have a smell like wet soil you can be sure
that it IS mold! Should there actually be even the slightest mold
or mildew in your sprouts, you should discard them all.
 
Since both mold and mildew spreads very quickly, you should
wash and disinfect sprout container or bag, as described in

By the next round of sprouting keep an extra eye on the
sprouts so you are assured that all mould spores are gone.

 

MORE HAIRS ON THIRSTY SPROUTS

Back to the root hairs ...
You will notice that your sprouts develop more root
hairs if they do not get quite enough moisture.

This is because the root hairs are intended to absorb moisture
for the tiny plants. If you do not keep the seedlings moist enough,
then they will grow extra hairs to get extra benefit from the small
amount of water you do give them.

Conclution: Rinse your sprouts a little more often.

 

THEY CAN BE EATEN

Roots with root hairs can be eaten.
You can cut the roots off, but is it not just a waste of good sprout?
Because the whole sprout contains vitamins, minerals, fibre
antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids even the roots.
 
So...enjoy your sprouting.
 
 
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