Organic seeds at Naturally Good Food
We like to offer a full range of organic seeds, most of which are to Soil Association Organic standard. We pack many of the seeds ourselves, and can offer many size combinations, with a standard 10% case discount on all purchases.
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If you are interesed in seeds, you may also want to consider some sprouting seeds. The Sprouter's Handbook has some good ideas and tips. Our full seed range is contained on this page: just scroll up for the product range and down for a quick guide to the various seeds on offer. If you just want to see our bulk range of seeds, click here.
Organic seeds: some basics
Organic seeds are a great source of minerals, especially iron, magnesium and zinc, and are high in polyunsaturated fats and calories. For protein, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds are best. Pumpkin seeds are good for the omega-6 and 3 fats, while sesame seeds are a great source of calcium. Sunflower seeds score highly for vitamin E. With some of the smaller seeds, for example, linseed and sesame seeds, a couple of seconds in a grinder is not a bad idea, just to break them up a bit and prevent them from just 'passing right through'. After all, if you are buying the best organic seeds, you need to get the most out of them!
Don't forget, not only are seeds really good for you in themselves, but they can bring extra texture to your cooking. You can add them to stews, salads, casseroles and, of course, your breakfast cereal.
Seeds should be part of your everyday healthy diet. They can be easily incorporated into cooking, and if you buy a larger pack size, cost is not a major problem.
The organic seeds we sell
As you can see from our selection below, we stock a great variety of organic seeds, in a wide range of sizes.
- Alfalfa: alfalfa seeds are high in protein, calcium and other minerals, as well as vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Our alfalfa seeds are organic. We offer small bags, or, for an added saving, a large 2.5kg bag, or even a 25kg sack, for the ultimate organic alfalfa seed experience.
- Our organic alfalfa seeds are nutritious and rich in vitamins. You can use sprouted alfalfa in salads, sandwiches, casseroles and stir-fries all year round. The sprouts are ready in 4-6 days, when they are 1-4 cm long and green leaves have appeared.
- Organic broccoli seeds: grow your own continuous supply of broccoli sprouts - highly prized for their potent antioxidant properties. Some 500g of broccoli seed is enough to grow up to 5 kg of broccoli sprouts.
- Broccoli seeds are easy to grow and have a milder flavor than mature broccoli (part of the brassica family). Our organic broccoli seeds, once sprouted, can be used in sandwiches. They are ready in about six days. With a large bag, you can have a continuous supply of sprouted organic seeds.
- Chinese rose radish seeds: grow your own delicious, organic, spicy radish sprouts, with attractive green leaves and a mild spicy flavour. They add a peppery zest to your salads and sandwiches. These can be grown in combination with alfalfa sprouts for a milder flavour combination.
- Chinese rose radish is related to daikon radish, but contains less mustard oil and is therefore lighter. These organic seeds can be used for juicing and have a high vitamin C content. They are ready in three days: remember to harvest before they develop a bitter flavour.
- Flaxseed/Linseed: flaxseeds are a rich source of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids and are very low in carbohydrates. To get the most out of flaxseeds, don’t forget to grind them before use.
- Use: flaxseeds can be added to many dishes, including smoothies and shakes, fruit and yoghurt, or mixed into a pancake or muffin batter (you may need a little extra water, due to flaxseed's high fibre content). I usually add flaxseeds as a sprinkle over my breakfast fruit, ground with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Our organic linseed can also be used to great effect to decorate bread, giving a warm seedy feel to home-made bread.
- Availability: our flaxseed/linseed comes in ground form (labelled flaxseed) and whole (labelled linseed). We stock linseed in a variety of sizes.
- We also stock flaxseed oil, which can be used as a dressing.
- Hemp: whole hemp seeds are approximately 34% carbohydrate, 31% fat and 25% protein. The fat is in the form of 75-80% polyunsaturated oil, in a balance of 3:1 omega 6 to omega 3 (a really good balance). Hemp protein also contains all 20 known amino acids.
- Use: hemp seed oil can easily be added to many dishes. Availability: we sell organic hemp seeds in a variety of sizes, up to 25 kg.
- Pumpkin: pumpkin seeds contain most of the B vitamins, together with vitamins C, D, E and K. Pumpkin seeds also boast the minerals calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorous. Organic pumpkin seeds are best eaten raw, but they will toast very well in a cast-iron pan, and are especially good with a little soya sauce. During the autumn, when pumpkins are in season, you can dry your own seeds for use in various dishes. A tea can be made, by pouring boiling water over 2 tsp of pumpkin seeds and letting it stand for ten minutes. Foods rich in zinc, such as pumpkin seeds, may offer protection from osteoporosis. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a correlation between low dietary levels of zinc and osteoporosis found in the hips and spines of men aged 45-92 years.
- Use: pumpkin seeds can, of course, be eaten raw or sprinkled on cereals. They are also good roasted and added to soups and salads; this brings out their nutty taste, but has the downside of destroying the fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil can be used as a salad dressing in combination with honey and olive oil.
- Availability: we sell organic pumpkin seeds in a range of sizes, from 100g to 2.5 kg. If you can't see the size you want, please contact us.
- Sesame: sesame seeds are a good source of copper and manganese and a great provider of calcium for those avoiding cow’s milk. Sesame seeds are also rich in magnesium, iron, phosphorus, thiamin (vitamin B1), zinc and dietary fibre. Sesame seeds contain lignans, including the unique sesamin and sesamolin, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol. The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverised before consumption, as in tahini. Sesame seeds work particularly well with chicken and other meats and in warm salads and salad dressings. They also add a distinctive flavour to stir-fried and rice dishes.
- Use: sesame seeds can be used to add texture and flavour to bread, rolls, crackers and salad dressing, and sprinkled on to some forms of sushi. Ground and processed, the seeds can also be used in sweet confections.
- Availability: we sell organic sesame seeds in a variety of sizes, up to 2.5 kg.
- Sunflower: sunflower seeds are one of those unsung heroes of the nutritional world; they are cheap, readily accessible, available all year round and immensely nutritious. Sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E, as well as magnesium and selenium. To top it all off, they are a great provider of dietary fibre, helping the digestive system do its job.
- Use: organic sunflower seeds make a good healthy snack - you can toast them if you like. They go well with tuna and chicken, and can be added to a green salad.
- Availability: we sell organic sunflower seeds in a variety of sizes, to suit all needs.
- Organic sunflower seeds can also be sprouted.
Organic seeds hints and tips
Here are some simple hints and tips on using organic seeds:
- Don’t forget that seeds are calorie-dense. If you are looking to lose weight, keep an eye on how many seeds (organic or not!) that you eat.
- Next time you make some burgers (vegetable, chicken, beef or lamb), try adding some organic seeds to the mixture.
- Add organic pumpkin seeds to a healthy stir-fry.
- You can add seeds to the topping of a fruit crumble for a little extra texture and bite.
- If you buy a pumpkin, don’t throw the seeds away - especially if your pumpkin is organic.
- If you make your own bread, try adding organic seeds to the mix - or sprinkle them on the top - to give great taste and added texture.
- Be creative: try adding organic seeds to your favourite foods and see what you get. Perhaps a few seeds in your yoghurt?
- Use toasted sesame seeds, combined with tamari and crushed garlic, as a dressing for salads, noodles or vegetables.
- Toasting seeds will intensify their flavour.
- You can combine toasted organic pumpkin seeds with black pepper, a hot sauce, chilli powder, and crushed red chilli peppers, for a spicy effect. Or mix with maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon sugar or raw sugar, for a sweet snack. Make your own combinations - experimenting is good!
- Mix some ground seeds into a banana milkshake made with ripe bananas.
- Use ground sunflower seeds as a dusting for meat in place of flour.
- Try adding organic sunflower seeds to scrambled eggs.
- Add ground seeds to a pancake batter mixture to bring extra goodness to your diet (this is also a good way to introduce children to seeds).
- Use hummus as a spread on bread instead of butter or margarine: it tastes great and reduces your fat intake.
- If you have the kids at home, and it's raining, why not try making mosaics with a selection of seeds. If they wash their hands, the picture can be eaten at the end!
- Using our recipe for organic tahini, it is easy to make halva, with the addition of sugar - so you can enjoy homemade organic sesame treats and feel good about it.
If you have any tips or hints on organic seeds to share, please let us know!
Try sprouting organic seeds and beans
By sprouting, we don't mean Brussel sprouts - but that particular stage in the life-cycle between being a seed and a plant. The seed is fooled into sprouting by simulating the conditions favourable to seed germination.
Organic sprouting seeds: a high-value food
When a seed is sprouting, it must have enough energy and nutrients to transform from a seed to a plant. It must feed itself and be self-sufficient. If you eat seed sprouts, then you are getting that nutrition.
What do we find in sprouted seeds?
Reasons to sprout organic seeds
If you have never tried sprouting organic seeds or beans, then now is a good time to start. It is really easy, with lots of different tips and hints on the web - or you can buy the 'Sprouting Book' from us. Armed with some sprouting trays, off you go! There are lots of different reasons to sprout your own organic seeds:
- You get the freshest sprouts possible, direct from your sprouter to your plate.
- It is much cheaper to sprout your own seeds.
- You can always have the sprouts you want, when you want them.
- You can maximise the benefit of your organic seed purchase.
- Your food miles can actually be measured in inches - the best possible option for the environment!
- There is minimum packaging, with no trays or bags to throw away.
- It's fun and educational, and if you have children, it's a great way to introduce them to growing their own food.
- It's quick and easy, and you can do it in your own kitchen.
- Remember: sprouts retain their maximum flavour and nutrition when eaten raw. If you want to include them in cooked dishes, it is best to put them in at the last minute.
How to sprout seeds
There are a number of basic steps involved in sprouting seeds. In summary, you need to:
- Soak your seeds for the correct length of time.
- Drain your seeds, rinse, and drain again.
- Transfer the seeds to a sprouting container (spreading them evenly across the container).
- Cover the sprouting container to prevent the sprouts from drying out.
- For the required time, rinse and drain the sprouting seeds every morning and evening, to prevent the formation of mould.
- Harvest your sprouts at the correct time.
- Rinse the sprouts with fresh water.
- Eat immediately for full nutritional value, or store in the fridge for a few days.
If you get any mould in your seeds, you need to throw the sprouts away immediately, thouroughly wash your sprouter and then rinse with vinegar, which helps to stop mould forming. Mould can form for various reasons:
The sprouting environment is too wet.
The sprouting environment is too hot.
The sprouts haven’t been rinsed frequently enough.
A good environment for seed germination is one that is:
- neither too hot nor too cold
neither too wet nor too dry
neither too bright nor too dark
at a room temperature below 22 deg. C.
Seeds to sprout
We sell organic seeds in larger pack sizes specially designed for sprouting. Included in this range are:
- Broccoli seeds: highly prized for their potent antioxidant properties. These resealable bags of seed come with home-sprouting instructions. They are suitable for sprouting in a sprouting jar, as well as in a 3-tier sprouter or other home sprouter. Just 500g of broccoli seed is enough to grow up to 5 kg of broccoli sprouts.
- Chinese rose radish: grow your own delicious, spicy, radish sprouts, with attractive green leaves and a mild spicy flavour. They add a peppery zest to salads and sandwiches. These seeds are packed in strong, resealable bags, with home-sprouting instructions included. They are suitable for sprouting in the 'Bio Snacky' sprouting jar, a 3-tier sprouter or other suitable home sprouter. They can be grown in combination with alfalfa sprouts for a milder flavour combination.
- Sango radish: grow your own attractive, purple, hot and spicy Sango radish sprouts - fantastic with salads, sandwiches, meat and fish dishes, or as a spectacular garnish. These seeds are suitable for sprouting in a sprouting jar, a 3-tier sprouter or other home sprouter. Just 500g of Sango radish seed will grow up to 3 kg of sprouts.
In addition to sprouting organic seeds, we also supply organic grains for sprouting, including:
- Barley grain: organic barley grain is ideal for growing your own fresh, nutritious, lush, barley grass for home juicing. This grain comes in strong, resealable bags, with home-growing instructions: 5 kg is enough to grow approximately 10 to 15 trays of fresh barley grass.
- Organic spelt grain: spelt is an ancient species of wheat that has not been bred for its starch or gluten properties. We believe that organic spelt grain produces the best lush green wheatgrass - perfect for juicing. We sell 5 kg of organic spelt grain in strong, resealable bags. One 5 kg bag is enough to grow ten trays of organic wheatgrass.
- Organic wheat grain: this is an alternative to organic spelt grain for those who prefer wheatgrass grown from wheat grain. It comes in strong, resealable bags, with home-growing instructions. The 5 kg supplied is enough to grow approximately 10 to 15 trays of fresh wheatgrass.
Organic seeds: recipe ideas
Organic seeds can be used in endless recipes! We've listed a few below:
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