What is good to eat?
"Raw plant food nutrition is the basis of all nutrition."
What is that exactly?
"What to eat? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts, wheatgrass, herbs, fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchee, etc.), superfoods (aloe vera, spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella, bee pollen, maca, cacao beans, goji berries, etc.)..."
Raw food is another way of saying living food.
"The easiest way to recognize living food is to answer this question: Is it still growing?... Good examples of living food are the vegetables and fruits growing in the world or in your garden."
(quotes from "Living in the raw, gourmet" by Rose Lee Calabro)
What started this post is the quinoa in my kitchen. Here is a pre and post photo.
Quinoa is a hard, dry grain. Its perfect for storing over the long term, something that is tried with preservatives in other food. It needs no refrigeration or external power. A cool, dry container is great all winter long. Uncooked, the grain is fairly inedible. The usual way to consume it is by boiling it in water. The basis of living food is that boiling, etc kills the important part of eating food. Sprouting is a simple way to make the grain come alive, and (coincidence?) make it palatable.
On the left is the sprouted quinoa in a red bowl. On the right is the dry quinoa in a plastic cup that normally sits on a shelf in the cupboard. The mason jar behind the cup is the container I use to sprout things. The mesh lid on the jar is the only custom equipment needed. I got the mesh lid from people's coop for a couple dollars. Put the dry grain in, cover the grains in water, turn upside down and leave in the sink so it drains. Repeat every day and after 4 or 5 days, you'll have sprouts to eat.