Sprouts have desirable nutritional qualities.
In particular they are well endowed with vitamins, minerals
and other nutrients - while remaining relatively low in
Going into farming
I do not consider myself to be a farmer by nature. In
general, I would rather pay people to grow food on my behalf
- and get on with other things.
However I have gone into sprout farming due to problems with
There were two main problems - availability and purity:
Go back to Tim's sprout farm.
- I find I can buy some fresh herbs locally - and can
source some sprouts locally. I can get mustard and
cress sprouts easily enough. Young plants like rocket and
watercress are avaiable - and I can get lamb's lettuce - and
a few other young greens in prepared supermarket salads.
However this misses out many major attractive varieties,
and limiting my diet to this fare would limit its diversity.
- I'm concerned that - of those young plants that
are available - I cannot trust many of my suppliers to grow
their crops without excessive use of pesticides - and other
undesirable ingredients. Strawberries and spinach ranked as
the two most pesticide laden foodstuffs in
[a recent consumer survey].
An attraction of growing things myself is that I am
in control of my own pesticide strategy.
Tim Tyler |