Eating sprouts in Rome

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by Tommaso Radice

Sprouts for a healthy, creative and surprisingly tasty cooking
It’s not just about the soy sprouts commonly found in several Asian restaurants and known to the general public: the category of “sprouts” is in fact much more extensive and covers a wide variety of legumes, cereals and vegetable plants: alfalfa and lentils, buckwheat and wheat, radish and leek, as well as mustard, fennel, sunflower and many others.


Sprouts provide chefs and gourmets with a valuable raw ingredient that combines exceptional nutritional properties with vitality, freshness and a wide variety of flavors and colors apt to stimulate all our senses. They are also perfectly suitable to quick cooking, as topping on a “bruschetta” or stuffing in a sandwich.
But what are sprouts? They are the result of the process of germination of seeds, which begins with soaking and goes on through successive watering for a period ranging from two days to two weeks, depending on the variety. Water and air are the only “ingredients” of this miracle of nature, whereby the miniaturized plant that is contained in each seed begins growing without soil or any external supply of nutrients.
Sprouts are the main element of a “live” diet, one which is rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants: a power supply that generates life and regenerates our body without weighing it down and tiring it. Their peculiarity is to be eaten intact, complete with root, stem and leaves; for this reason, sprouts enclose all the richness of the mature plant: a handful of 10 grams of leek sprouts is then equivalent to 10 kg of “adult” leeks, as a 3cm long bud would become a 30cm long plant if we let it grow in a vegetable garden. Moreover, sprouts continue to live and breathe even after packaging, and for that reason do not undergo decay and oxidation processes such as vegetables harvested in the field.
How to exploit such richess in the kitchen? Sprouts are an extremely versatile ingredient, fit for preparations of “live” and raw recipes, as well as for re-interpreting traditional Mediterranean and Eastern dishes: here are some examples.
Roquette sprouts, with a deep pleasant aroma and rich in antioxidants, can be used along with pine nuts and olive oil for “linguine with pesto”. Garlic sprouts, featuring a unique concentrated flavour, for an original plate of Roman  “ajo ojo e peperoncino” (spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chili).
Raw sprouted pink lentils, with a tender and delicate taste, preserving their full content in vitamin C, are suitable for the preparation of nutritious hummus flavoured with parsley or coriander, spices, as well as dried tomatoes and olives.
Radish sprouts are characterized by two large heart-shaped green leaves, a stem with colours ranging from white to pink or purple depending on the variety, and an intense spicy flavour. Great to accompany raw summer salads and cooked winter vegetables, they are also a perfect match for sweet flavors such as pumpkin or carrots cream, tomatoes and goat cheese. They are source of minerals, vitamins C and B, and help to cleanse the digestive system.
Widely popular in other countries and continents, sprouts are experiencing a growing popularity in Italy, thanks to an ever-increasing consumer attention to healthy and natural food, and to a “pioneering” activity by some producers and caterers.
Fresh and ready to eat sprouts can be found in a number of organic shops all around Rome: alfalfa, fenugreek, radish, leek, lentils and mixed ones. For those who wish to devote themselves to “do-it-yourself”, seeds and sprouters make it possible to grow them at home, and harvest every week fresh and local vegetables!    

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 Shops where you can buy “fresh sprouts” in Rome and Lazio

NOTE: In some shops sprouts may be available only on request, check directly with the retailer.

Città

Negozio Indirizzo

CAP

Telefono

Anguillara Sabazia Zea Via Anguillarese, 60/b

00061

06-99901307

Aprilia Alimentari Bio Via Verdi, 75

04011

06-9281240

Bracciano Terra Canta Via Principe Di Napoli, 50

00062

06-98268193

Guidonia I CINQUE SEMI VIA ROMA, 204

00012

0774-340110

Ladispoli Ben Di Bio Via Ancona, 170

00055

06 99222248

Latina Essenza Bio Viale Giulio Cesare, 66

04100

0773-281948

Monterotondo Bioshop Via 25 Ottobre, 14

00015

06-9061809

Roma Albero del pane via S.ta Maria del Pianto 20

00186

06 686 5016

Roma Aromaticus Via Urbana 134

00184

06 4881355

Roma AZ. AGR. MONTEVERDE Mercato de Calvi – L.go S.Eufrasia Pelletier box 15

00152

349-1311901

Roma Biomens viale delle Milizie 7/a

00192

06 37516718

Roma BIOPOLIS STORE via Tripolitania 39

00199

06-86580314

Roma Capo Horn Via D. Purificato, 199

00125

06-52358928

Roma Capoverso Via dei Gonzaga, 34/C

00163

06-66032180

Roma Il canestro Viale Gorizia, 51 (Quartiere Trieste)

00198

06 8541991

Roma Il canestro Via San Francesco a Ripa, 106 (Trastevere)

00153

06 5812621

Roma Il canestro via Luca della Robbia 12 (Testaccio)

00153

06 574 6287

Roma L’accessorio via Guido Reni, all’interno del mercato rionale, aperto la mattina

00196

 

Roma La Bioteca Via del Pianeta Venere, 87-89-91

00144

06-5292946

Roma La Capra Rampante via Donatello 65

00196

06 94359365

Roma L’ALTRO ALIMENTO Via Antonio Zotti, 122, Ostia Lido

00121

338-3996140

Roma Lo Stramonio Via Alessandro Piola Caselli n. 162, Ostia Lido

00122

06-5663089

Roma Naturasì Via Toscanini n. 5 (Infernetto)

00124

06-50918228

Roma Naturasì Via Trionfale, 13992

00135

06-30311300

Roma Naturasì Via del Foro Italico 501

00194

06 8073238

Roma Naturasì Via Tardini 68 (Circ.ne Cornelia)

00167

06 6636205

Roma Naturasì Via Oderisi da Gubbio, 66

00146

06 5578692
Roma Naturasì Via Portuense 540

00149

06 65745352
Roma Pane e Oglio via Oglio 5/B

00198

06 855 93 32

Roma Più Bio Marco Papio Via Marco Papio, 82

00175

06-7141335

Roma Più Bio Tuscolana Via Tuscolana, 1241

00173

06-72673098

Roma Solonatura Via Emanuele Filiberto 128

00185

 
Roma Tastevere vicolo del cinque (p.zza Trilussa)

00153

 

Roma Zibio Viale Gottardo, 47

00141

06-8275158

 Selling points for seeds and Sprouter in Rome

 •    Ecco il bio – via Alessandro Crivelli 19, 00151 Roma,  tel 06 5820 9331 (Monteverde)
•    L’accessorio – via Guido Reni, all’interno del mercato rionale 00196 Roma – aperto la mattina (quartiere Flamino)
•    Labiomaison – via di San Crisogono 39a, 00153 Roma, tel 06 5818691  (Trastevere)
•    Peroni snc –  Piazza dell’Unità 29, 00192 Roma,  tel 06 321 0852   (quartiere Prati)
•    Spazio bio alla CAE – All’interno della Città dell’altra economia, L.go Dino Frisullo, 00153 Roma  (Testaccio)

 NOTE: If you are in Rome, you can also send seeds and Sprouter.
For more information and to obtain a list:
Tommaso Radice
info@germogliamo.it
tel 320 08 44 751
www.germogliamo.it
www.facebook.com/Germogliamo.it

Tommaso Radice

About Tommaso Radice

Laureato in Ingegneria meccanica nel 2003,inizia a lavorare per la Toyota a Bruxelles. Tommaso Radice lascia Toyota e decide di dedicarsi alla coltivazione di germogli.