Soak Time For Common Seeds, Nuts, Beans and Grains

Soak Time For Common Seeds, Nuts, Beans and Grains  (referenced from

Nut / SeedDry AmountSoak TimeSprout TimeSprout LengthYield
Alfalfa Seed3 Tbsp12 Hours3-5 Days1-2 Inches4 Cups
Almonds3 Cups8-12 Hours1-3 Days1/8 Inch4 Cups
Amaranth1 Cup3-5 Hours2-3 Days1/4 Inch3 Cups
Barley, Hulless1 Cup6 Hours12-24 Hours1/4 Inch2 Cups
Broccoli Seed2 Tbsp8 Hours3-4 Days1-2 Inches2 Cups
Buckwheat, Hulled1 Cup6 Hours1-2 Days1/8-1/2 Inch2 Cups
Cabbage Seed1 Tbsp4-6 Hours4-5 Days1-2 Inches1 1/2 Cups
Cashews3 Cups2-3 Hours4 Cups
Clover3 Tbsp5 Hours4-6 Days1-2 Inches4 Cups
Fenugreek4 Tbsp6 Hours2-5 Days1-2 Inches3 Cups
Flax Seeds1 Cup6 Hours2 Cups
Garbanzo Beans
(Chick Pea)
1 Cup12-48 Hours2-4 Days1/2-1 Inch4 Cups
Kale Seed4 Tbsp4-6 Hours4-6 Days3/4-1 Inch3-4 Cups
Lentil3/4 Cup8 Hours2-3 Days1/2-1 Inch4 Cups
Millet1 Cup5 Hours12 Hours1/16 Inch3 Cups
Mung Beans1/3 Cup8 Hours4-5 Days1/4-3 Inches4 Cups
Mustard Seed3 Tbsp5 Hours3-5 Days1/2-1 1/2 Inches3 Cups
Oats, Hulled1 Cup8 Hours1-2 Days1/8 Inch1 Cup
Onion Seed1 Tbsp4-6 Hours4-5 Days1-2 Inches1 1/2-2 Cups
Pea1 Cup8 Hours2-3 Days1/2-1 Inch3 Cups
Pinto Bean1 Cup12 Hours3-4 Days1/2-1 Inch3-4 Cups
Pumpkin1 Cup6 Hours1-2 Days1/8 Inch2 Cups
Quinoa1 Cup3-4 Hours2-3 Days1/2 Inch3 Cups
Radish3 Tbsp6 Hours3-5 Days3/4-2 Inches4 Cups
Rye1 Cup6-8 Hours2-3 Days1/2-3/4 Inch3 Cups
Sesame Seed,
1 Cup8 Hours1 1/2 Cups
Sesame Seed,
1 Cup4-6 Hours1-2 Days1/8 Inch1 Cup
Spelt1 Cup6 Hours1-2 Days1/4 Inch3 Cups
Sunflower, Hulled1 Cup6-8 Hours1 Day1/4-1/2 Inch2 Cups
Teff1 Cup3-4 Hours1-2 Days1/8 Inch3 Cups
Walnuts3 Cups4 Hours4 Cups
Wheat1 Cup8-10 Hours2-3 Days1/4-3/4 Inch3 Cups
Wild Rice1 Cup12 Hours2-3 DaysRice Splits3 Cups

11 Responses to “Soak Time For Common Seeds, Nuts, Beans and Grains”

  1. carol October 16, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Where is the best place to get large sacks of mung, whole dry peas (split won't sprout, will they?) etc.

    Do they have to be organic?

    • Ben Greenfield January 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Get them here: And organic is far better. They are not sprayed and the soil quality that they are grown in is far superior.

  2. Bilal November 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Hey Ben , do you mean they are fermented after the given soaking time and ready to eat ? Or should i then cook them ? Please explain , ty

    • Ben Greenfield December 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      Eat what you'd usually eat raw, and cook what you'd usually cook.

  3. Sandy January 20, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    If I buy a bag of walnuts…should I still soak them for better digestion?

  4. John March 5, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    How long will they keep after soaking? Can I put them back into the freezer after soaking? Thanks!

    • Ben Greenfield March 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

      If you put them in the fridge they'll last a week after soaking.

      • Sonii March 11, 2016 at 7:38 am #

        I was taught to soak them and then dry them in a low oven or dehydrator to make them crispy nuts, then you could freeze them again to keep them super fresh for snacking.

  5. Martha Marks April 8, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Do I have to soak Organic Natures Earthly Choice Premium Quinoa before I cook it. It doesn’t say on the package so I asume I don’t have to soak it. Could please help me. Thank you. Martha

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