What are sprouted grains?
The traditional practice of soaking or sprouting grains, seeds, and legumes has been around for centuries, but has recently been revived as part of a desire for whole, minimally-processed, and natural foods. When a seed is germinated, a flurry of biochemical reactions takes place within the seed to prepare the seed to grow into a plant. These reactions unlock vitamins and nutrients that have been locked away in the seed and make them more bioavailable. We only sprout the seeds for a short period of time before all of the nutrients are used up in supporting the growth of the plant.
How are the grains sprouted?
Our sprouted grains are soaked and germinated in a controlled environment until a tiny little white sprout emerges from the seed. We then immediately dry the seed in a very low temperature dryer to preserve the nutrients and enzymes produced during germination. Once the seed is dry, it is shelf stable and can either be milled or left whole depending on the seed or grain.
What allergens could be present in Everspring products?
We operate out of two sprouting facilities, both of which are BRC certified with an AA rating. One facility is dedicated to the production of gluten containing seeds (i.e. wheat, barley, rye & spelt). The other facility is for processing grains that are naturally gluten-free. Neither of our facilities process mustard, peanut, tree nut, sesame, coconut or dairy. We source ingredients that do not contain these allergens, but because we're not certified, we cannot 100% guarentee that the raw grain or seed did not come in contact with these allergens before entering our facility.
Are sprouted grains whole grain?
Whole grains are considered "whole" when they still have their bran or germ, which contain the seed's essential vitamins and minerals. All seeds must have a bran or germ to be able to sprout, so all sprouted grains are inherently whole grain.
All of our sprouted flours retain their whole grain status because all aspects of the grain remain intact through our milling process.
Does sprouting remove gluten in wheat?
Sprouting wheat does not remove gluten but it does change its molecular structure. For some people who have discomfort digesting wheat products, the sprouting process may aid in their ability to digest and enjoy. All production involving gluten takes place in a separate facility to avoid any cross contamination.
Can I buy sprouted grains for personal use?
Visit our retail website www.secondspringfoods.com for more information and a list of organic sprouted flours, grains and beans for personal use.
Can I get a sample of sprouted grains, seeds or pulses to test in my product?
Yes, please contact us for details regarding product samples.