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Its sprouts, with purifying properties, are particularly rich in vitamin C and have a very strong and spicy taste. Watercress is a mucilaginous seed therefore great attention must be paid to the growth of the shoots, especially in the first days of germination. When small watercress seeds are placed in water, they immediately develop a completely water-repellent gelatinous membrane. As for all other mucilaginous seeds, the rules are the same: wet (vaporize) very little in the first few days and slightly increase the quantity of water progressively as the gelatin is absorbed and the sprouts develop.

Cultivation: For watercress seeds the normal period in water is not necessary: the seeds must be slightly moistened and immediately arranged according to the chosen germination method. Given the mucilaginous nature, it is advisable to use the tray method. Leave the seeds away from light until the first leaves appear. Wet the seeds 1-2 times a day and only with the amount of water necessary to keep them always moist. The sprouts are ready in 4-5 days. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.

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Prepare the Sprouts
A few simple rules for a healthy and tasty lifestyle! Before starting, keep in mind that the seeds increase up to 4 times in volume during the germination process: we recommend starting with two teaspoons of seeds for small seed species and half a cup for legume and cereal seed species.

Preparation: pre-germination
Seed germination is a process that requires the presence of four indispensable factors: water, air, heat and light. Only the combination of these elements allows the development of those chemical reactions that allow the seed to "light up" and make it germinate. The first phase is pre-germination and is very important as it activates the germination process: it consists of placing the seeds in a container, pouring water inside and leaving it to rest for 8-12 hours. A good habit is to put the seeds in water in the evening so that the next day they can be ready for the next germination phase.

The mucilaginous seeds:
Some species such as rocket, watercress, flax, basil and chia require particular attention since, once placed in water, they develop a gelatinous film: with these seeds it is advisable not to proceed in the traditional way but to immerse them in water for only a few minutes (5-15), placing them immediately afterwards on the sprouter trays. The mucilage that surrounds them will keep them moist for the first few days, during which they should be barely wet, preferably with a vaporizer, or not at all. In the following days, as the gelatin is absorbed and the first sprouts appear, the quantity of water is increased until, near harvest, a regular wetting similar to that used with the other sprouts is achieved. If the seeds are too small and risk getting stuck in the cracks, you can place gauze on the bottom of the tray.

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