Perhaps you've heard about the benefits of soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds, grains, & legumes? We've been doing this personally for the last 25 years, and use this method to activate the seed/nut ingredients in all Gorilly Goods.
Nature has set it up so raw nuts, grains and beans will lay dormant until the growing season. They have enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid in them to keep them from sprouting until just the right moisture content is present (rainy season/soaking). If an excess of raw nuts and seeds are eaten without soaking first, these inhibitors can put a strain on the digestive system. Soaking neutralizes these enzyme inhibitors, and makes the nuts easy to digest.
Soaking also increases the bioavailability of important nutrients (B vitamins) and activates helpful enzymes that increase nutrient absorption. Proteins become more readily available for absorption and the soaked, activated nuts will neutralize toxins in the colon, helping keep the colon clean.
The nuts and seeds in Gorilly Goods are all soaked/sprouted to the point of living activation. There are different soak/sprout times for each variety. We work within the guidelines and advice of our state Department of Agriculture inspectors.
Years ago we met the SproutPeople, who we knew from our days at the Madison Farmer's Market in Madison, WI. They moved back to San Francisco to continue their sprout business, and by the looks of their website, we see they are still "sprouting specialists". If you would like to learn about and begin your own home sprouting, we highly recommend this company to help get you started. They've helped answer many questions that are ever present in the natural foods world about how to "soak" and "sprout".
Soaking: Some nuts don't sprout to the tail growing stage. These are called soaks. They are activated just as with sprouting, but don't need the tail to prove it. These include most nuts, If you are soaking and sprouting at home, follow your seed suppliers directions on times and temps.
REMEMBER: Once a seed has soaked up it's fill of water, it is Alive! It is now a nutritional phenomenon, with its own enzymes - it will take nothing but will only add to your body. We are used to sprouts having tails, but they don't have to. You can eat any soaked seed and know that you are giving your body an amazing nutritional gift.
"Sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrition, they have been grown for over 5,000 years by many civilizations for many reasons - Eat More Sprouts and find out for yourself how good they are!" ~ SproutPeople